College of Alberta Dental Assistants


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Frequently Asked Questions


General FAQs

What do I do if I experience a needlestick / sharps injury or other bloodborne pathogen exposure?
When is registration mandatory? When can I start work as a dental assistant? Can I work as a dental assistant before I am registered and have a valid practice permit?
Which schools offer clinical refreshers and intra-oral upgrading?
Are dental assistants allowed to probe?
Are RDAs able to adjust temporary crowns/restorations intra-orally?
Are RDAs authorized to perform tooth bleaching (tooth whitening)?
Can RDAs cement band and loop space maintainers?
Can RDAs perform bite adjustments for permanent amalgam restorations?
Can RDAs place paper points during root canal procedures?
Can RDAs place temporary fillings?
Can RDAs polish restorations?
Can a dental assistant use the high speed rotary handpiece?
Can RDAs remove cement from permanent crowns?
Do RDAs who work in a practice that provides orthodontic treatment have to be authorized by the College to perform orthodontic procedures?
What services can RDAs perform if they have advanced practice authorization for orthodontics?
Can RDAs cement orthodontic bands if they have advanced practice authorization for orthodontics?
Can RDAs bond brackets if they have advanced practice authorization for orthodontics?
Can RDAs remove orthodontic cement with an ultrasonic scaling device?
Can dental assistants administer Nitrous Oxide?
What is the salary / wage for dental assistants?