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Certified Dental Assistant


Dental assistants perform a variety of support functions; those who elect to become licensed as New York certified dental assistants may also perform these services as part of a dental delivery team under the direct, personal supervision of a dentist:

  • Provide patient education
  • Take preliminary medical histories and vital signs to be reviewed by the dentist
  • Place and remove rubber dams, matrix bands, ligature ties and temporary separating devices
  • Remove orthodontic arch wires, periodontal dressings, and temporary cement (not including temporary fillings)
  • Select and prefit temporary crowns and orthodontic bands
  • Take impressions for study casts, diagnostic casts, space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, and occlusal guards (guards that prevent grinding of the teeth)
  • Remove stitches placed by a dentist
  • Take impressions for space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, and occlusal guards
  • Apply topical cavity-preventing and desensitizing agents to the teeth

Dental assistants who do not perform these services do not need a license.

Licensing Requirements

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, to practice as a dental assistant in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

License fees:

The fee for licensure and first registration is $103.
The fee for a limited permit is $40.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2012, there were 98 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 109 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2014 there were 1,263 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Education Building, 2nd Floor
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 270
Fax: (518) 402-5354

Standard Occupational Classification

31-9091 - Dental Assistants
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

American Dental Assistants Association
Division of Education and Professional Development
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730
Chicago, Illinois 60601-2211
Phone: (312) 541-1550
Fax: (312) 541-1496

Dental Assisting National Board
444 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 642-3368
Tollfree: (800) FOR-DANB
Fax: (312) 642-8507


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/02/14.

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