Dental Assistant

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Supervisor: Dental Director

Job Type: Full Time

Position Summary

At Williamson Health and Wellness Center, our dental department is an integral piece of our patient’s overall health. Our growing dental practice needs a Dental Assistant, who has a passion for public health, to join our close-knit team. We serve all demographics of the population, from children to the elderly. In addition to preventative care appointments and scheduled procedures, we accept walk-ins and take emergency calls. The ideal candidate will have a calm, reassuring and friendly demeanor as well as the ability to multitask in a fast-paced atmosphere.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assisting the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures.
  • Taking and developing dental radiographs (x-rays).
  • Asking about the patient’s medical history and taking blood pressure and pulse.
  • Assisting with infection control, developing infection control protocol and preparing and sterilizing instruments and equipment.
  • Helping patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment.
  • Providing patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other dental treatment procedures, such as the placement of a restoration (filling).
  • Teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene strategies to maintain oral health;
    (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional counseling).
  • Taking impressions of patients’ teeth for study casts (models of teeth), fillings, coronal polishing, temporary crowns and sealants as per certifications.
  • Performing office management tasks that often require the use of a personal computer
  • communicating with patients and suppliers (e.g., scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, billing and ordering supplies).
  • Helping to provide direct patient care in all dental specialties, including pediatric dentistry, periodontics and oral surgery.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalency required.
  • WV Dental Assistant Certification in Expanded Duties strongly preferred.
  • Experience with standard equipment including computers, copier, fax, multi‐line telephone, printers, etc.
  • Experience in a dental office setting.
  • Knowledge of dental terminology.

Working Conditions

There may be exposure to airborne and blood-borne pathogens, and hazardous materials. This position is not eligible to be a telecommute position.

Job Category: Dental
Job Type: Dental Assistant
Job Location: Dental Clinic

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