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Dental Assistant

at Jefferson Dental Clinics

Posted: 10/30/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 5e1c3baf-2750-403e-9369-10b170cac5fc
Keywords: data entry, office

Job Description

This position offers a huge opportunity for career growth with phenomenal earning potential! Jefferson Dental Care operates dental centers throughout the DFW, Houston and San Antonio markets, offering the full range of General, Pediatric, and Orthodontic Dental services. With more than 50 clinics and growing, we're excited about our continued growth, and the wonderful opportunity it provides our team members!

Position Summary

The Dental Assistant works under the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator and is responsible for a wide range of tasks in the dental office - ranging from patient care and education to administrative duties to laboratory functions. Note: All employees need to be flexible and available to provide dental assistance and perform front desk duties based on the patient needs and as directed by clinic management.

 Core Responsibilities

  • Instruments: Sterilize dental instruments and equipment for each patient; Organize and lay out instruments for use; Hand instruments and other materials to dentist during procedures
  • Patients/Interpersonal: Question patients about their medical history and record the information for dentist's reference; Advise patients on effective dental care; Manage patients - help patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment
  • Patients/Clinical: Take x-rays of patients' teeth; Take impressions of patients' teeth for casts to fabricate study models or to fabricate a temporary; Make temporary crowns
  • Assisting Dentist/Preparation: Prepare cements, composite, impression materials etc.
  • Assisting Dentist/Patient Care: Use suction and swabs to keep patients' mouths clear and dry during procedures; Apply topical anesthetic to patients' mouths; Place and remove rubber dams, matrices, and wedges; Apply cavity lines and bases
  • Administration: Obtaining patients' dental records; Complete Dental Charting
  • Infection Control: Perform dental infection control plan management to conform to CDC, OSHA and ADA standards. Follow clinical guidelines for sterilization, disinfection, instrument cleaning and dental treatment room disinfection
  • Team Support: provide assistance in others areas of the clinic, as requested
  • Community Outreach: As requested, promote JDC by attending neighborhood events or visiting local businesses and distributing flyers and “goodie-bags” to the public

 Advanced Responsibilities

  • Organize and lay out instruments for specialized procedures
  • Prepare cements, amalgam, composite, impression materials etc.
  • Inventory control and management
  • Make temporary crown
  • Apply sealants after completion of certification
  • Monitor nitrous patients after completion of certification

Competencies for Excellence

  • Concern for Order and Quality: Keeps records, checks quality of work and documentation
  • Teamwork: Work to develop friendly and supporting atmosphere; Pitch in and help others
  • Self Management: Exhibit self-confidence when interfacing with the patient; Function effectively under pressure; Manage own behavior to prevent or reduce feelings of stress
  • Integrity & Credibility: Able to gain the trust and respect of patients, co-workers and managers; Exhibit professional demeanor
  • Customer Service: Adhere to proper clinical practices; Become a trusted advisor to the patient
  • Adaptability: Adapts to change in direction in order to support changing priorities
  • Diversity: Bilingual language skills; Adapts and integrates into diverse work group and patient population

 Job Requirements

  • Must be bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Minimum age of 18 with High School Diploma or equivalent
  • RDA certification highly desired; Required within six months of hire
  • A minimum of 1 year experience in a professional dental clinic preferred
  • Intermediate to advanced computer use and data entry skills
  • Reliable transportation; Ability to work clinic hours: Mon & Fri – 8:50-5:30, Tues & Thurs – 9:50 to 7:00, Wed- 11:50 to 7:00 and Saturday 8:50 to 4:00

 Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics and physical demands are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate in an office setting. 

Dental Assistants work in a well-lighted setting that, due to its medical nature, must be extremely clean. Dental Assistants must wear gloves, masks, eyewear and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients from infectious diseases. Assistants also must familiarize themselves with safety procedures to minimize the risks associated with equipment such as x-ray machines. 

The employee is regularly required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or control. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk and reach with hands. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel or crouch. Employee frequently uses computer keyboard and mouse and views computer monitor frequently.

The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 5 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.