Dental Assistant

Job Locations US-NM-Jemez Pueblo
Posted Date 2 months ago(11/18/2021 6:44 PM)
Job ID
2021-1603
# of Openings
2
Category
Health Care

Overview

Responsible for performing routine chair side dental assisting functions and provides certain routine, reversible clinical procedures to allow the dental team to function more efficiently and better serve the patient. Maintains privacy and confidentiality of information as required by HIPAA. Ensures that all policies and procedures are observed.

Responsibilities

  • Performs duties with respect to the well-being of patients and with efficiency of the dental team and the productivity of the dentist.
  • Communicates with the dentist and other dental staff in order to exchange information and allow for efficient management of the dental clinic.
  • Performs routine chair side assisting, anticipating the need of various instruments, materials, and services, as well as, recording of examination information.
  • Ensures that all instruments are properly sterilized.
  • Takes preliminary impressions for study models, pours and trims models, fabricates temporary crowns; cement crowns temporarily or permanently.
  • Places and removes rubber dams, applies desensitizing agents and dental sealants, and places surgical gauze following extractions.
  • Instructs patients in prevention of dental disease; in post-operative care; and informs patients of treatment planned and/or options after the dentist has gone over the initial treatment plan.
  • Places patient treatment codes (ADA codes) into the dental chart for proper billing.
  • Prints the treatment plan for the patient and provides it to the front desk when appropriate or in the absence of the dentist.
  • Applies topical fluoride treatment.
  • Takes radiographs.
  • Maintains supplies and inventory control.
  • Maintains and coordinates incoming and outgoing dental laboratory cases.
  • Assist in organizing, coordinating and participating in community health fairs and public health meetings.
  • Assist with clerical and supportive tasks related to the efficient operation of the dental clinic to include answering/directing incoming phone calls; as well as greeting and attending to dental patients.
  • Serves as a backup to the front desk when coverage is needed.
  • Ensures that operatories are properly stocked at all times.
  • Maintains clinic areas in a clean and operative condition to include the maintenance of office and clinical equipment.
  • Explains treatment needs and cost of a proposed treatment to a patient who is self-pay or covered under a state or federal aid program.
  • Practices proper Infection Control/Safety precautions.
  • Participate in patient satisfaction and quality improvement initiatives; route patient concerns, complaints and feedback to supervisor/manager/director.
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the unit’s service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
  • Represents the Pueblo with dignity, integrity, and a spirit of cooperation in all relationships with staff and the public.

Qualifications

High School diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED); AND successful completion of a formal coursework in dental assistance; AND two (2) years of experience as a Dental Assistant.

 

 

REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, AND REGISTRATIONS:

  • DANB-(Radiation Health and Safety, Chair Side, Infection Control), Preferred
  • Radiation Health and Safety Certificate- Required
  • CPR & First Aid certification within six (6) months of date of employment.

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