Essential Functions Under the general supervision of a Dentist in a clinical setting, the Dental Assistant assists the dentist in the provision of high-quality care within the scope of service consistent with accepted standards of care for dental assistants.
Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies, and equipment.
Prepares the operatory for the patient visit.
Seats patient in chair and explains procedures to be performed; collects and records patient health histories.
Drapes patient with protective linens and sets up instrument tray containing instruments, suction, gauze, and other required supplies.
Takes and prepares radiographs using conventional or digital technology and following proper radiation safety precautions.
Assists with dental charting as appropriate.
Assists in the prevention and management of dental emergencies.
Manages the patient during dental procedures.
Provides active chairside assistance; transfers instruments as appropriate for four-handed dentistry; anticipates the dentist's needs.
Takes impressions for study casts, athletic mouth guards, and custom tray; performs laboratory procedures neatly and effectively; pours models with no bubbles, properly trims models, polishes dental prostheses, and makes vac-u-press forms. Promptly contacts lab for pick up.
At the conclusion of the procedure, assists patient, clears work site of instruments and other materials; follows proper infection control protocols and prepares the operatory for the next patient.
Monitors and documents the flow of laboratory cases, and maintains lab facility.
Performs, monitors, and records all sterilization activities.
Maintains proper aseptic techniques necessary with dental equipment; maintains and properly sterilizes instruments.
Routinely cleans, disinfects, and restocks operatories.
Scans reception room for patients and helps maintain patient flow.
Maintains and inventories dental supplies and reorders as necessary; tracks and verifies invoices.
Cleans and sterilizes all instruments; helps manage the dental office infection control plan to meet OSHA, CDC, and ADA standards.
Keeps dental materials fully stocked and maintains inventory. Assists with ordering supplies.
Secondary Functions: Polishes patients' teeth to remove stains and soft deposits.
Applies topical fluoride and varnishes. Applies pit and fissure sealants.
Removes surgical sutures.
Pre-selects orthodontic bands; places and removes orthodontic bands.
Adapts temporary crowns.
Places topical medications.
Removes excess cement from fabricated restoration and orthodontic bands.
Attends and participates in staff meetings to review team progress in meeting financial and productivity goals for the dental program.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Cross trains with front office and helps with check in and answering phones.
Assists w scanning and calling patients.
Assists in keeping schedule full.
Job Category: Temporary
High school diploma or GED required
Certification in Dental Assisting (preferred) or on the job training(experience) in Dental Assisting.
Proof of CPR Certification required upon hire.
Internal Number: 12431
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