Dental Assistant Location:
Augusta University Regular/Temporary:
Regular Full/Part Time:
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Required Qualifications High school graduate, GED or equivalent from a recognized state or federal accrediting organization. Graduation from a certified Dental assisting program or one years' experience in dental assisting in a general dentistry practice, to include previous experience mixing dental materials, taking x-rays, chair side dental assisting skills/knowledge in multiple dental disciplines.
Associate's degree from an accredited college or university or higher in an applicable related field of study.
Graduate from the Dental College of Georgia (DCG) Auxiliary program with a certificate of completion from DCGKnowledge, Skills, & Abilities
- Knowledge of oral bony structure of the face and take diagnostic dental radiographs.
- Detailed knowledge of tooth anatomy.
- Able to select and place rubber dam clamps.
- Knowledge of dental instruments. Determine serviceability and need for replacement.
- Knowledge of basic dental lab assisting procedures and practices.
- Knowledge and skill to detect adverse reactions to dental treatment.
- Knowledge of 4 handed dentistry.
- Ability to transition between multiple dentist and assist with different types of procedures among different dental disciplines.
- Required immediate and extreme flexibility and adaptability to ever changing procedures, methods and personalities.
- Ability to work in high volume, fast paced environment and maintain composure and treatment under pressure.
Preferred Qualifications Graduation from a certified Dental assisting program with 3 years' experience to include previous experience mixing dental materials, taking x-rays, chair side dental assisting skills/knowledge in multiple dental disciplines.Responsibilities The incumbent of this position performs chair-side assisting in all phases of emergency dentistry, pediatric, orthodontic, prosthodontics, limited endodontic, limited oral surgery and periodontics assisting. Other related work will also be required which includes, but is not limited to, preventive and daily maintenance of dental operatory and equipment, clerical assignments, radiological and receptionist responsibilities. Serves as a liaison for patients, staff, students, residents and faculty within the dental college. The duties include, but are not limited to: Chair Side Assistance
Assist dental students, residents and/or faculty in the treatment of patients requiring emergency restorative, prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics and/or oral surgery.
Participate in 4 handed dentistry. Assist chair side with air, water and instruments. Mixing various materials as required.
Assist in the management of difficult problems such as the apprehensive patient and/or the pre-medicated adult.
Assist in the placement of rubber dam.
Prepare local anesthetic syringe. Dispose of all sharps in designated sharps container after patient dismissed.
Use mouth mirror for indirect vision retraction. Gently extract patient's cheek, adjusting mirror position to avoid pressure on oral structures.
Perform high volume evacuation. Handle carefully not to move during instrument or hand piece use.
Follow all published guidelines regarding personal protective gear and clinical infection control protocol, i.e. Aware of the MSDS sheets, handle and dispose of hazardous materialsInstruments & Instruction
Operates dental x-ray equipment to include taking routine and specialized radiographs as requested.
Explain purpose of procedure to patient.
Explain and place protective lead apron
Obtains and stores dental and special supplies. Assigned operatories are kept clean and stocked.
Maintains dental equipment in a clean operative condition on a daily basis.
Cleaning, packaging, and maintaining instruments and equipment required including sending to and retrieving from central sterilization as needed for daily production.
Using organizational software and assisting in appointing patients for follow-up care.
Follow the organization's incident reporting protocol.
Ensure ordering and inventory control of supplies, equipment, and dental instruments required for assigned clinics.Other Duties
Performs all other related duties as assigned.Conditions of Employment All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during the course of their employment and beyond.Equal Employment Opportunity Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.Other Information This position is also responsible for promoting a customer friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner everyday with patients and families for success."Augusta University is a tobacco free environment and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.