Summary Dental Assistant in Canada
National Occupational Classification update
We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "dental assistant" was moved from the group Dental assistants (NOC 3411) to the group Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (NOC 33100).
Find key facts and figures about working as a dental assistant. The following information is applicable to all Dental assistants and dental laboratory assistants (NOC 33100).
Note that some information in this job profile is based on the 2016 version of the NOC.
Dental assistants assist dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists during the examination and treatment of patients and perform clerical functions. Dental laboratory assistants assist dental technologists and technicians in preparing and fabricating dentures and other dental devices. Dental assistants work in dentists' offices, community health centres, clinics and in educational institutions. Dental laboratory assistants are employed in dental laboratories.
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Post-secondary or apprenticeship
This occupation usually requires a college diploma (community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP), an apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or more than 6 months of on-the-job training.
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- Prepare patients for dental examinations
- Order dental and office supplies
- Prepare dental instruments and filling materials
- Perform reception and clerical duties
- Sterilize and maintain instruments and equipment
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