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.
Prepares dental materials—cements, amalgams, composites, impression materials, etc.
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
Take impressions for study casts, athletic mouth guards and custom tray. Performs laboratory procedures neatly and efficiently. Pours models with no bubbles, properly trim models, polish dental prostheses, make vac-u-press forms
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; 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 to manage patient flow
Maintain and inventory dental supplies and reorders as necessary; track and verify invoices
Clean and sterilize all instruments; help to manage the dental office infection control plan to meet OSHA, CDC and ADA standards
Performs miscellaneous duties within the Dental Program as assigned
Position is contingent upon sufficient funding.
ETSU is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all of our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. Successful candidates should have a demonstrated commitment and contribution to fostering and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion. East Tennessee State University (ETSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Job Category: Support Staff
High school diploma or GED required; on the job training or certification in Dental Assisting CPR certification required upon hire.
Internal Number: 15644
About East Tennessee State University
Founded in 1911 (as East Tennessee State Normal School), East Tennessee State University serves over 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. ETSU has eleven colleges and schools, including health sciences, liberal arts, education and business & technology. ETSU is centered on a warm and friendly residential campus nestled in the secure and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of northeast Tennessee. As part of the ETSU community, you will enjoy all the region has to offer, including snow-skiing, various festivals, numerous golf courses and lakes, popular national and state parks, whitewater rafting, the Appalachian Trail, and much more.