The Clinical Dental Assistant provides chairside assistance, clinical/laboratory support, and facilities maintenance for residents and faculty members in the Department of General Dentistry Practice.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assists operator at the dental chair; arranges instruments, materials, and medications on prepared tray and aids dental operator (dental student/faculty).
Provides chairside assistance to faculty and students. Seats and prepares patient for treatment.
Clears operating area during procedures by use of suction devices, water sprays, cotton rolls and holders, and by retraction of cheek/tongue.
Prepares and/or mixes impression materials.
Takes impressions of patients' teeth for study casts; creates and trims provisional restorations; cleans excess cement following clinical luting procedures.
Provides assistance with clinical photographic procedures; Take diagnostic radiographs including cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) when appropriate.
Instructs postgraduate students in the performance and utilization of chairside assistants.
Counsels with patients following clinical procedures; explain instructions and directions outlined for treatment by the doctor.
Ensures working area, instruments, and equipment meets OSHA sterilization regulations.
Performs preventive equipment maintenance and routine maintenance.
Maintains inventory of supplies and equipment; maintains lab equipment, supplies and lab cases and coordination of cases with outside labs; updates and upgrades emergency crash kits.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 216606
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