A Dental Assistant performs a variety of dental assisting duties, within compliance of state regulations, to promote quality dental care for patients in a reduced stress, comfortable environment. A Dental Assistant assists the doctor, teaches patients how to care for their teeth, communicates effectively with patients, maintains equipment and inventory, and follows universal precautions and all OSHA and MIOSHA requirements to ensure a safe environment for patients and staff. As part of the overall center(s) team the Dental Assistant will assist all other staff members as required and available with their duties.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
Assist the doctor during treatment.
Prepare patients for treatment.
Take and develop x-rays.
Take diagnostic impressions.
Perform instrument sterilization and infection control.
Clean and stock operatory.
Control inventory of clinical supplies.
Fabricate provisional restorations.
Inventory control of laboratory cases.
Make clinical notes regarding patient treatment.
All other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Exceptional human relation skills.
Ability to maintain outgoing, friendly attitude with patients, staff, and doctor even under pressure.
Ability to work with interruptions and to manage multiple priorities.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to work unsupervised.
Ability to handle conflicts and get along with people.
Knowledge of Dentistry.
Ability to maintain professional demeanor at all times.
Exceptional verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
Computer skills i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Dentrix, and Internet.
Experience with autoclave, suction, hand pieces, panorex, cephalometric, TMJ film, processor, plasma arc light, amalgamator, ultrasonic, vacuum form machine, air compressor, model trimmer, amalgam separator, vacuum pump, hydrim, statmatic.
High school graduate or equivalent.
Dental experience preferred.
CPR and first aid preferred.
X-ray certified preferred.
Michigan Community Dental Clinics