PURPOSE OF YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION:
Under the general supervision of a Dentist in a clinical setting, assists the dentist in providing dental treatment.
DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY:
As a Dental Assistant, you are delegated the administrative authority, responsibility and accountability necessary for carrying out your assigned duties.
Every effort has been made to make your job description as complete as possible. However, it in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or is a logical assignment to the position.
PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENT / DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Assists in the provision of high-quality care within the scope of service consistent with accepted standards of care for dental assistants.
Prepares each operatory and patient for treatment.
Takes and prepares radiographs using conventional or digital technology.
Provides active chairside assistance to the Dentist and anticipates the provider's needs.
At the conclusion of patient care, assists the patient, clears the work site and prepares for the next patient.
Monitors the flow of laboratory cases.
Monitors and records sterilization cycles.
Helps to manage patient flow in clinic.
Follows proper infection control protocols for the practice.
Participates in the ongoing evaluation of Dental Program operations to assure the delivery of high-quality services that support the financial sustainability of the program.
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 materialscements, 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.
Takes 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.
Maintains and inventories dental supplies and reorders as necessary; tracks and verifies invoices.
Cleans and sterilizes all instruments; helps to manage the dental office infection control plan to meet OSHA, CDC and ADA standards.
Performs miscellaneous duties within the Dental Program as assigned.
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANTS
Polish the patient's teeth to remove stains and soft deposits.
Apply topical fluoride and varnishes.
Apply pit and fissure sealants.
Remove surgical sutures.
Pre-select orthodontic bands.
Place and remove orthodontic bans.
Adapt temporary crowns.
Place topical medications.
Remove excess cement from fabricated restoration and orthodontic bands.
Is a team player.
Accepts and offers guidance and supervision as appropriate.
Attends and participates in staff meeting to review team progress in meeting financial and productivity goals for the dental program.
Places a high value on personal and departmental performance excellence.
Adheres to office dress code and standards of behavior.
Maintains patient confidentiality.
Uses sick time appropriately.
Responds professionally to high-pressure situations and time limits.
Works independently with a minimum amount of supervision.
High School Diploma or GED
On the job training or Certification in Dental Assisting
Excellent customer service skills
Excellent computer skills
Able to multi-task, be flexible, and work as a team
Will be responsible for answering phones, patient scheduling, and other front office tasks on as needed basis
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