What does a dental nurse do?

If you’re thinking about a change in career, then perhaps dental nursing could be for you.

What does a typical day look like?

Life as a dental nurse is amazing, each day is different and there is plenty of scope to take your career as far as you want to. Dental professionals work closely as a team to provide the best possible service and care for their patients. This is why it is important for each practice to find the right people to fit their team. It is equally as vital for the individual to discover a practice where they will gel and feel comfortable.

A typical day for a dental nurse will involve greeting patients and making sure they feel reassured and at ease in the dental surgery. Each appointment will vary. Some patients will come in for simple check-ups. Others will attend for cosmetic dentistry consultations or more in-depth treatment such as dental implants or orthodontics.

The dental nurse is required to support the dentist in their work, ensuring that all tools, equipment and materials are to hand. This helps to provide efficient treatment for the patient. Some patients will feel nervous and the dental nurse can play a crucial role here, comforting them as required.

In addition, the dental nurse will also take notes for the dentist and update the patient’s records. They will also be responsible for the decontamination of instruments. In some cases, dental nurses will also help out on the reception desk too… There is never a dull moment in the day!

Career boosters

Being a dental nurse offers plenty of scope for those who are ambitious and want to further their career. There are lots of tasks within the dental practice that prove to be an interesting addition to the job role, and also help out the dental team as a whole. These include taking X-rays, taking impressions, clinical photography, dental implant nursing and orthodontic nursing.

While these tasks do require additional training, this is a great way to widen the skillset and find even more enjoyment from the role.

If this sounds interesting, get in touch with us today to start your journey into dental nursing!

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