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Dental Assistant

Job Summary

Assists the dentist in providing professional and quality care to dental patients. Performs accurate dental charting and recording.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides dental assistance services.

    • Takes and records vital signs and other basic patient information.

    •  Sets up the appropriate instrument tray for dental procedures.

    • Assists the dentist chair-side during dental procedures.

    • Takes and develops dental x-rays per dentist instruction.

    • Conducts preventive maintenance on the dental x-ray processor, hand pieces, and other dental equipment as necessary.

    • Cleans and sterilizes dental instruments in operatories.

    • Mixes impression materials and cements.

    • Performs infection control procedures in the treatment room.

    • Orders dental supplies as needed.

  • Maintains professional courtesy at all times.

  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Required

  • Knowledge of

    • Advanced principles of oral health promotion, prevention and motivation.

    • Protocols in general and an ability to quickly gain specific knowledge of the Center’s current operational protocols.

    • Dental terminology and appropriate abbreviations.

    • The Texas Dental Practice Act.

  • Ability to

    • Document, with clarity, all information relevant to a patient’s needs.

    • Effectively present information in small group situations to patients, Center staff, and the general public.

    • Use office equipment including but not limited to computers, fax machines, telephones and copiers.

Preferred

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred but not required.

Credentials and Experience

Required

  • Current unrestricted registration from the Texas Board of Dental Examiners to practice as a dental assistant in the State of Texas.

  • Current (CPR) Certification.

Preferred

  • One (1) year of practice experience as a dental assistant providing direct patient care.