GENERAL SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Reporting to the Program Director, the Dental Assistant is responsible for performing all duties required to support the on-site dentist including but not limited to chair side assisting, instrument preparation and maintenance, and preparation and maintenance of dental medical records. The Dental Assistant supports the work flow of the Dentist to insure patients are seen as scheduled in a timely and efficient manner. Interrelate with Medical and Nursing Staff, Administrative Staff, and Security Staff on all levels.
Chair-side assistance to the Dentist which may include:
Impressions for opposing study casts
Retracting gingivae prior to impression procedures
Impressions for space maintainers, orthodontic appliances, etc.
Periodontal and surgical dressings
Polishing coronal surfaces
Preparing teeth for bonding by etching
Applying pit and fissure sealants
Dental set-up for each patient; ensure all instruments, materials, necessary paperwork are available as required for dental work
Breakdown between patients disinfecting and maintaining universal precautions and preventing cross-patient contamination
Sterilization of all instruments and associated autoclave maintenance as required
Medical record preparation
Patient education of and instruction in oral health and insures that appropriate educational information concerning oral health is made readily available
With the Dentist identifies inmate/patient dental knowledge deficits and instructs appropriately
Serves as the facility resource with regard to dental care and provides training for staff as needed
Performs other specific duties as required.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None
University Of Massachusetts Medical School