Arizona Dental Assisting Requirements

Below are the Dental Assistant requirements for the State of Arizona. To confirm that you meet these requirements or if you have any questions, please reach out to the Arizona dental board.

Disclaimer: This data is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

Radiography

In order to legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures under the general supervision of a licensed dentist in Arizona, a dental assistant must:

1a. Pass the national DANB Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) exam, OR
2a. Be currently certified in another U.S. jurisdiction that requires successful completion of a written dental radiography exam, AND
2b. Apply to the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners (ASBDE) for Dental Assistant Radiography Certification by Credential and receive the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency Certificate, issued by the ASBDE.

Dental Assistant Qualified in Coronal Polishing

To perform specified restorative functions in Arizona under the supervision of a licensed dentist,a dental assistant must hold an Arizona Expanded Function – Restorative Certificate.

To qualify, one must:
1a. Hold the Arizona Coronal Polishing certificate AND
1b. Pass the DANB RHS exam or hold the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency certificate, AND
1c. Successfully complete an EFDA training course approved by the Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners at a Commission on Dental Accreditation(CODA)-accredited program, AND
1d. Pass DANB’s AMP, TMP and RF exams (apply online), AND
1e. Under the supervision of a licensed dentist, perform restorative procedures required by the ASBDE (place, contour and finish 20 direct restorations and place and cement five prefabricated crowns, following the preparation of the tooth by a licensed dentist) and document these procedures on a Licensed Dentist Endorsement form.

Expanded Function Dental Assistant

1. Apply for the Arizona Expanded Function – RestorativeCertificate by submitting
a completed application, Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, required documentation and fee to DANB. OR
2a. Hold the Arizona Coronal Polishing certificate AND
2b. Pass the DANB RHS exam or hold the Arizona Radiologic Proficiency certificate, AND
2c. Provide evidence of currently holding or having held within the previous ten (10) years a license, registration, permit or certificate in expanded functions in restorative procedures issued by another U.S. state or jurisdiction; AND
2d. Document clinical experience in the specified expanded functions on a Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, AND
2e. Apply for the Arizona Expanded Function Dental Assistant – Restorative Certificate by submitting a completed application, Licensed Dentist Endorsement form, required documentation and fee to DANB.

**A registered dental hygienist may qualify to perform expanded functions by meeting the same requirements, with the exception that the registered dental hygienist is not required to take the RHS, CP and AMP exams.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To become a dental assistant in the state of Arizona, visit the Arizona Dental Assistant Requirements for more detailed information.
To perform dental radiography procedures in the state of Arizona, visit the Arizona Radiography Requirements  for more detailed information.
 To perform coronal polishing in the state of Arizona, visit the Arizona Coronal Polishing Requirements for more detailed information.
To perform an expanded function in the state of Arizona, visit the Arizona Expanded Function Dental Assistant Requirements for more detailed information.

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