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The Department of Orthodontics at the School of Dentistry is one of the premier clinical training programs for orthodontists in the country. We provide excellent clinical care in our busy clinics with predoctoral students, graduate students, and faculty providers. It is important to us that all of our employees to feel valued, respected and included. Thus, we are very committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This collaborative style helps us to utilize a team-oriented approach as we work together to accommodate our patients’ needs.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
General Clinical Assistant Responsibilities: 1) Check that units are ready, stocked and clean at beginning of each clinic day. 2)Turn on chair side computers and programs. 3) Knowledge of instruments; ability to accurately setup clinical units and prepare for clinical care. 4) Seat patients in preparation for planned procedures, show appropriate care and concern for patients. 5) Provide brief history to orthodontic resident regarding status of appliances (broken/missing) and status of oral hygiene of patient being seen. 6) Review and assess patient's oral hygiene at each visit. Instruct patients and demonstrate techniques used to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Notate evaluation of oral hygiene. 7) Perform clinical procedures as licensure allows:
•Check for loose bands and brackets. •Obtain alginate impressions, Intraoral and extraoral photographs, and intraoral digital scans •Polish teeth in preparation for banding/bonding •Assist in preparation of Bonding and Banding appointments. (Ability to isolate while bonding) •Ability to pass orthodontic instruments. •Effectively deliver Invisalign appliances, including bonding composite attachments.
8) Retrieve and enter information as appropriate in the electronic dental record. 9) Use software to schedule patient appointments and recall visits as needed for patient care. 10) Be responsible for proper sterilization and set-up of instruments (hand instruments, pliers, and handpieces) 11) Give patient instruction and demonstration where necessary:
•Oral hygiene •Wearing of removable appliances •Patient motivation and cooperation •General appliance care
12) Monitor for patient arrival during clinical hours. 13) Assist in time management for graduate student appointments; show good judgement in personal work time management. 14) Help in other areas of clinic operations when necessary (phones, filing study models and materials, archiving records). 15) Demonstrate responsibility in inventory control: clinical supplies, patient instructional materials, etc. Assist in distribution of products, product management, and quantity control. 16) Be responsible for accuracy in custom appliance delivery. 17) Evaluate sterility of instruments/submit spore testing 18) Perform other tasks as assigned by Supervisor and/or Clinic Director 19) Pour and trim study models using bubble- and void-free technique, finish and polish stone models 20) Expose and save radiographic images, digital scans, and other patient records. 21) Ability to assist with coordination of pre-doctoral orthodontics clerkship duties as required. 22) Actively participate in staff meetings 23) Maintain laundry service for clinic lab coats
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of a training program for dental assistants; current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) or the ability to obtain same within six months; or six months of dental assistant experience OR equivalent education/experience. Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
Required Skills / Abilities: Interpersonal: Good interpersonal skills to maintain effective rapport with patients, parents, doctor, other staff members and community, legible handwriting, correct grammar for intra-office communications. Computer Skills: Familiarity with computers, basic knowledge of word processing, email, web browser. Ability to learn dental software and extend knowledge to emerging technology needs. Verbal Skills: Effective verbal skills to communicate with patients and parents. Teaching ability to convey material necessary for patient education. Ability to clearly articulate orthodontic protocols to pre-doctoral graduate students and residents Physical Skills: Dexterity and hand coordination to perform manual tasks with patients as outlined in job responsibilities. DESIRED SKILLS/EXPERIENCE: Excellent customer service skills. Compassionate, self-motivated, independent, and positive attitude. Motivation to meet and exceed expectations.
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