Dental Assistant/Sterilization Technician

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SUMMARY: Assists in the performance of dental procedures designed to preserve teeth and prevent the spread of oral disease by performing the following duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists the dentist and/or hygienist chairside in the performance of clinical procedures.
  • Feels and visually inspects the oral cavity for sores and signs of disease.
  • Under the direct supervision of the dentist, applies topical agents to desensitize teeth, liners and bases for cavity preparations (excluding capping or exposed pulpal tissues), oxygenating agents, astringents, anti-inflammatory agents, and fluorides.
  • Clean, pack, sterilize and or organize dental instruments as instructed by the dentist.
  • Performs periodic cleaning/maintenance of dental equipment, dental chairs and operatories as required.
  • Maintain and organize daily sterilization logs and other materials as required.
  • Takes and records case history, blood pressure, pulse, and oral temperature.
  • Preliminarily charts conditions of decay and disease as diagnosed for treatment by dentist.
  • Exposes and develops intra-oral and extra-oral dental radiographs.
  • Makes impressions for diagnostic and opposing study casts.
  • Removes sutures (excluding wire sutures) and dressings.
  • Places and removes rubber dams, matrices, wedges, and other intra-oral devices.
  • Places and removes with hand instruments only temporary restorations.
  • Places, but does not pack or carve, amalgam and composite materials for further use by the dentist.
  • Removes excess cement with hand instruments from around permanent dental restorations and orthodontic appliances.
  • Places and removes periodontal and alveolar socket dressings.
  • Construct and place temporary crowns (excluding stainless steel crowns).
  • Assists in the administration of inhalation analgesia (nitrous oxide).
  • Provides oral health education to improve and maintain oral health of school children including oral hygiene instructions, plaque staining, brushing, flossing and caries susceptibility tests.
  • Applies reversible liners and bases to dentures, orthodontic appliances, prosthetic appliances, bridges or others structures.
  • Conducts dental health clinics for community groups to augment services of dentist.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum Requirements (experience, training, and education): To effectively fulfill this position, candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Must be a Certified Dental Assistant
  • Possess and maintain Certification(s) in Sterilization and disinfection from accredited organization (OSAP, CBSPD, etc.)
  • Maintain current CPR certification

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Dental Assisting Experience Preferred

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Effective verbal and written skills
  • Ability to organize
  • Good judgement
  • Strong customer service skills

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $16.00 per hour

 
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