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Posted Job Title
Dental Assistant - Orthodontics, Penn Dental Medicine
Job Profile Title
Dental Assistant B
Job Description Summary
Penn Orthodontics has been a leader in clinical excellence due to its strong yet diverse faculty, a highly collaborative relationship with the School of Dental Medicine, and its location within an Ivy League university and a city which is world renowned for health care education. The Dental Assistant will be a key team member supporting the 26 month postdoctoral orthodontic program and serve various stakeholders including students, faculty, staff and patients.
The successful candidate will be responsible for direct chairside orthodontic assisting for all residents and faculty in the Orthodontic clinic; dispenses, receives, processes/sterilizes and purchases instruments, equipment and supplies used in the delivery of orthodontic treatment; provides oral hygiene instructions, ensures efficient operation during faculty and clinical sessions; fabricates vacuum formed retainers, pours and trims models; organizes records system; and reviews financing options with new patients.
Monday â“ Friday, hours vary.
A dental assistant needs to be able to: use of both hands, dexterity in the fingers and the ability to manipulate instruments, materials, dental hand pieces, and operate dental equipment. The use of feet is necessary to manipulate the rheostat for hand pieces or other dental equipment. Must be able to work from a dental stool in order to perform most dental procedures. The ability to sit and stand for duration of time is also necessary. Other specific requirements include color spectrum differentiation; manual dexterity/motor coordination, hand-eye coordination, physical communications; visual acuity and communication/language development. Individuals in this position may be exposed to the following: bloodborne pathogens; chemical hazards (skin irritants); vibrating equipment; use of sharp instruments; and latex.
Demonstrate competence in four-handed dentistry technique, level of knowledge & proficiency in use of current dental materials, instruments and equipment. Demonstrated ability to follow instructions & work effectively under both direct & indirect supervision. Demonstrate efficiency, timeliness and organization in use of time and effort.
Work effectively and consistently with Penn community (e.g., students, faculty, staff), Remain calm in stressful situations; Consistently demonstrate pleasant & respectful disposition that puts people at ease. Ensure operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment and techniques as needed.
Treat all fairly & respectfully; Work effectively with others, regardless of their background, position, or status; Respect different values & viewpoints. Work collegially with others, cooperating in both interpersonal & team relationships; Foster enthusiasm & maintain mutual trust, candor & respect. Support the front desk when needed & other duties as assigned.
Maintain & enhance professional standards for role through acquisition of PA EFDA license, Orthodontic Assistant Certification, etc. Set-up & breakdown of operators using infection control standards. Help dentist manage dental & medical emergencies by maintaining CPR certification, crash cart, emergency drug & oxygen supply, & emergency contacts. Maintain patient confidence & protects department by keeping information confidential.
Support fellow team members through timely customer service, clear communication & accountability on tasks. Prepare orthodontic diagnostic data, digital imaging, digital intraoral & diagnostic photos, change & trim wires, size bands, sterilization, prepare teeth for bracket placement, scanning diagnostic models, and provide clear orthodontic instructions.
Accurately utilize axiUm & X-Ray equipment, Provide diagnostic information by exposing & developing radiographic studies including but not limited to pouring, trimming, & polishing study casts. Sanitize chairs, disinfect patient areas, inventory instruments, pull barriers off, & suction mgmt. Maintain dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt & inventory of supplies.
Positively greet patients, support student learning/teaching mission & collaborate effectively with diverse patient, staff, student & faculty groups. Prepare patient for treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, & draping patient. Support infection control by sterilizing & delivering instruments to treatment area; Accurately & efficiently position instruments for dentist's access including prompt chair sanitizing, suctioning, passing instruments & supply ordering as needed.
To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Pennsylvania under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist, a dental assistant must meet the requirements shown below.
1. Pass the national DANB Radiation HealthÂ and Safety (RHS) exam
Evidence of having passed the required exam should be retained by the dental assistant and the licensed dentist as evidence of the individualâ™s authority to perform radiologic procedures.
Qualifications for Dental Assistant B
Technical School, Dental Assistant certification, x-ray certification, training or apprenticeship required beyond high school and 3 - 5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
Must be CPR and X-Ray certified, as well as trained and certified to provide chairside assistance for orthodontics residents and faculty.
EFDA or CDA certification preferred.
Must have 2-3 years previous dental assisting experience, CDA preferred.
Knowledgeable in OSHA standards, aseptic procedures, HIPAA regulations, sterilization,
infection control, and all dental procedures and supplies.
Professional appearance and strong communication, facilitation, and organizational skills a must.
Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills.
Excellent listening and organization skills; ability to multi-task.
Must exhibit excellent work ethics and maintain honesty and integrity.
Ability to work with others in a close manner; teamwork is essential.
Ability to adapt to change and meet the unexpected needs and demands.
Must also have basic computer skills and experience with AxiUm software is preferred.
Qualifications for Dental Assistant C
An associateâ™s degree or two year college equivalent and 3-5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
The qualified candidate must possess current CPR and EFDA Pennsylvania State Board Certification and be committed to on-going continuing education to keep CPR and EFDA certificates in good standing.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
School of Dental Medicine
$16.23 - $29.21
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00012313
About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.