The Dental Assistant is responsible for chairside dental assistance duties during surgical procedures of clinical dentistry, which includes simple to complex restorative, prosthodontic, surgical, endodontic, periodontal, orthodontic and pediatric dental services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge/quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative/motivation, cooperation/relationships, problem analysis/discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral/written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability/dependability, flexibility and ownership/accountability of actions taken.
Performs chairside dental assistance duties in all phases of clinical dentistry and dental services (i.e., simple to complex restorative, prosthodontic, surgical, endodontic, periodontal, orthodontic and pediatric, etc.).
Prepares and arranges all instruments and materials required for each treatment procedure. Prepares patient to receive care, and maintains treatment room in a clean and functional condition.
Receives and schedules patients for treatment.
Obtains and records related patient medical history, which includes vital signs. Routes patient for medical tests and services when required.
Records diagnostic/treatment information relayed by dentist to patient records, data sheets and/or computer.
Passes instruments and materials to and from dentist. Keeps area of operation clear; uses high speed evacuation, irrigation and retraction of tissue. Stabilizes tissue / oral structures. Maintains aseptic condition by strict enforcement of universal infection control practices. Assists dentist in complex restorative procedures; and keeps alert to patient condition for signs of fainting, shock or other distress.
Cleans, maintains and sterilizes instruments, materials and equipment.
Prepares instrument cassettes and/or surgical trays.
Performs intraoral procedures, which includes making preliminary impressions for study models; removing sutures; placing and removing rubber dam, matrix bands, wedges and periodontal packs; applying desensitizing agents; and applying tooth whitening (bleaching) agents.
Pours and trims models from impressions, and constructs custom impression trays and sports mouth guards.
Records information relayed by dentist for dental signature (e.g.., prescriptions, documents, etc.). Prepares consent forms for patient signature. Relays post-operative care instructions to patient, which includes prevention and oral hygiene instructions and uses of prescribed medications.
Operates dental x-ray equipment; takes routine and specialized radiographs including panoramic and cephalometric exposures. Develops and finishes film. Positions patient and film to achieve proper photographic angles.
Prepares recurring records, forms and other reports required to support dental care delivery.
Maintains dental supplies and equipment inventories. Places, receives and stocks supply orders accordingly.
Performs health promotion activities. Participates in caries risk assessments, preventive dental and nutritional counseling, tobacco and alcohol cessation counseling, school prevention programs, retiree dental screenings, providing Parent University instructions, providing patient information brochures, searching the Internet to obtain patient health information, and other related health promotion activities as needed.
Assists with training of student / trainee dental assistants. Observes and advises students as they perform dental assistant duties.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output. Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and co-workers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.
High school diploma or general education degree (GED). Must be a recent graduate from a formal dental assistant program with a three month minimum curriculum course of study (480 clinical hours) and a minimum of six months relevant clinical dental assisting experience, or must have a minimum of one (1) year relevant clinical dental assisting experience. Dental Assistants must have completed their training or have dental assisting experience within the past three years.
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES
Operational knowledge and understanding of clinical dental assistance best practices and dental software
Working knowledge of state regulatory dental practice requirements with ability to comply (e.g., x-ray proficiency, OSHA training, etc.)
Exceptional customer service skills with ability to respond to requests in a professional, helpful and timely manner
Ability to maintain a pleasant and professional rapport with patients, dentists, staff members and community contacts
Ability to use tact in handling difficult individuals and/or situations
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and to maintain clean and sterile conditions
Ability to be reliable and punctual
Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative, team environment
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATION
For credentialing purposes, must provide copies of:
Certificate of completion from an ADA accredited Dental Assistant program with a minimum three (3) months in length plus at least six (6) months of clinical dental assisting experience, or have at least one (1) year of clinical dental assisting experience. Dental assistants must have completed their training or have dental assisting experience within the past three (3) years.
Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) with employment dates to show work history as a Dental Assistant
Certificate of Dental Radiology from either the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or the American Dental Assistants’ Association (ADAA)
Front and back of current Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association (AHA)
Three (3) Letters of Recommendation: one (1) from a Dentist and two (2) from a Hygienist, Dental Assistant, or other dental professional dated within the year and all attesting to candidate’s Dental Assisting skills. Or all three letters may come from previous supervising dentists.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.