I was wondering if anyone knows if it's common practice for a dental assistant or hygienist to do fillings? I'm in the US. I have just had a few cavities taken care of ( still have a few that needs to get done ) and my dentist only did the drilling and then she left while the assistant did the fillings. I didn't think much of it at the time but now there's one tooth that feels kind of rough and it hurts once in awhile. I just wanted to make sure that it's legal for the assistant to do that kind of work because I'm from Sweden and over there the dentist did all the work. Also, my husband goes to the same practice but to another dentist ( my dentists husband ) and he did all the work when my husband had a cavity taken care of.
In some states it is legal for a properly trained and certified dental assistant to place fillings. If you are not comfortable with this, simply say that you prefer the dentist to do the fillings. Be sure to bring the rough/tender filling to your dentist's attention when you go back for your other fillings.
In Washington State it must be legal. My sister has had hygentists take care of her fillings. I would never in a million years allow it. I've had nothing but dreadful experiences when hygentists have done "the dentist's work" on me. I'm sure many are very competent--I'm just leery.