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Dental Specialist Details

The dental specialist is primarily responsible for assisting Army dentists in the examination and treatment of patients, as well as helping to manage dental offices.

  • Prepare dental operatory; select and arrange instruments; measure and record temperature, blood pressure and pulse; and assist dentist during patient exams
  • Assist with administration of anesthesia, and in the placement and removal of sutures
  • Prepare restorative and impression materials
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operate resuscitative equipment

Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and eight weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practicing dental care tasks. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

Advanced Individual Training: 8 weeks at Fort Sam Houston, TX

Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Preventive dentistry
  • Dental office procedures
  • Radiology (X-ray) techniques
  • Dental hygiene procedures

  • Interest in biology and chemistry
  • Enjoy helping others
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to follow spoken instructions and detailed procedures

Skilled Technical (ST): 91

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future at dental offices or clinics. You'll be qualified to assist dentists in the treatment of patients, as well as provide support as a dental assistant or dental hygienist.

With your extensive Army training and some additional study, you may qualify for certification with either the American Medical Technologists as a registered dental assistant or with the Dental Assisting National Board as a certified dental assistant.