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Dental Assistant

Company: Oak Orchard Health
Location: Brockport
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:


Assists dentists and dental hygienists in providing oral care to patients. Assists in general operation, maintenance of inventory, and housekeeping as it pertains to infection and exposure control.

Job Responsibilities:

Customer Service:

Greets, seats and inquiries about patient needs
Informs provider of patient status including medical history, presenting complaints and concerns.
Dismisses patient when provider has completed treatment

Assisting Techniques:

Under the direction of the Dentist, pours models, trims study models and box impressions with wax.
Assists in oral surgery, preventative, and restorative dentistry.
Assists Dentist and Dental Hygienists at chair side by:
Setting up appropriate trays and materials
Preparing operatory
Informing provider of patient status including medical history, presenting complaints and concerns
Utilizing four-handed assisting technique
Preparing and processes dental materials
Completing simple dental repairs


Takes radiographs per order/protocol
Mounts in computer prints using digital technology
Maintains adequate radiograph supplies
Takes accurate radiography including contrast, no cone cutting, etc.
Records radiographs appropriately in patients electronic record.

Dental Record:

Maintains and respects confidentiality
Determines appropriateness of releasing professional information using established guidelines
Utilizes appropriate dental terms and abbreviations
Reviews health history
Takes appropriate vital signs at every visit
Takes dental/periodontal dictation as needed from the dentist or hygienist
Documents patient complaints
Documents radiographs taken
Enters information into EHR
Fills out appropriate consent forms and has ready for dentist to sign

NYSDOH and OSHA guidelines:

Attends annual in-service program on hazardous substance and infection control.
Proper handling of hazardous substances
Proper handling of infectious waste
Utilizes universal precautions/adhere to all exposure control protocols
Wears appropriate personal protective equipment
Proper handling of sharps and sharps containers
Cleans and sterilizes equipment according to infection control/sterilization policies and procedures, and manufacturer's instructions for use
Maintains current Red Cross/American Heart Association CPR Certification


Changes alginate tray solutions and ultrasonic solutions as needed.
Cleans and disinfects operatories between patients
Maintains a supply of tray set ups
Keeps all logs: ie: autoclave, refrigerator, etc. up to date
Cleans and lubricates high and slow speed hand pieces
Cleans and disposes of burs according to procedure.
Assists with the inventory control system and restocking the laboratory.
Runs appropriate solution through HVE system at end of day
Checks expiration dates on sterilized instruments
Turns equipment on and off at the beginning and end of day
Maintains a safe, clean, and orderly work area


Communicates effectively with patients, members of the dental team, administrative team and co-workers in other departments
Actively participates in group problem solving
Attends departmental and organizational meetings
Participates in quality assurances and continuous improvement activities
Any other reasonable requests from management


Willingness to provide exceptional care
Basic computer literacy


High School diploma or equivalent.
Completion of a recognized dental assisting program preferred
Prior dental assisting experience preferred%2344653% %%meddental%%

Keywords: Oak Orchard Health, Rochester , Dental Assistant, Healthcare , Brockport, New York

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