Job Description

Job Title:                          Dental Assistant I

Reports To:                       Dental Assistant Supervisor

Job Summary:                  To assist Dentist and Dental Hygienist in the administration of patient care at chair side.


Qualifications and Requirements:

To perform this job successfully, and individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 


Essential Job Duties:

  • Assists Dentist or Dental Hygienist in the performance of dental procedures.
  • Identifies patient health care service requirements while being aware of age specific needs and protocols.
  • Directs patient to operatory, obtains and records accurate routine patient vital signs.
  • Prepares, processes, and mounts intra-oral and panoramic radiographs.
  • Prepares patient for services being rendered by provider.
  • Assists provider with positioning and passing instruments and performing suctioning.
  • Assists provider in examination of patients and gives instructions as directed by provider
  • Fills out all appropriate and necessary paperwork as well as ensures patient and provider signatures on paperwork.
  • Completes necessary documentation in patients EDR and EHR chart.
  • Maintains updated treatment plans for patients.
  • Takes preliminary impressions and/or prepares models.
  • Cleans, stocks, and prepares operatory stations between patients.
  • Performs sterilization of instruments and equipment in a timely manner.
  • Complies with infection control policies and protocols.
  • Stocks supply carts as necessary
  • Accesses necessary charts for documentation and messages.
  • Acts as a liaison between providers and other care givers.
  • Processes referrals and sends Prior authorization tasks.
  • Answers phone calls, tasks, and returns any necessary phone calls in a timely manner
  • Assists with inventory control and laboratory service tracking.
  • Calls and schedules patients for follow up services from laboratories.
  • Answers phone calls and takes messages. Returns patient calls as directed by provider.
  • Ensures operation of dental equipment by reporting equipment malfunctions and evaluating new equipment and techniques.
  • Travels to any location as needed. For float positions, mileage may not be paid.
  • Works extended hours as needed.
  • Working assigned weekends is required.


Required Education, Experience, Certificates & Licenses:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Certification as a Dental Assistant required.
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification required.
  • Fingerprint verification within three months in position.
  • X-Ray Certification (signed up by 90 days of hire date and certified within 6 months of hire).
  • Coronal Polish Certification (signed up by 90 days of hire date and certified within 6 months of hire).
  • Driver’s License and Proof of Insurance may be required if requesting mileage reimbursement. For Float positions, mileage may not be paid.

Required Language Skills:

  • Ability to comprehend and compose instructions, correspondence, and communications in English in both oral and written format.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish may be preferred based on current staffing patterns, patient population, and/or duty assignment.
  • Ability to comprehend and understand dental terminology.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to frequently exert enough force to move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Ability to frequently remain in a stationary position for up to two hours.
  • Ability to constantly move about inside the workplace to assist patients, operate office or dental equipment, etc.
  • Possesses hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to constantly operate computer, telephone, and other office machinery.
  • Possesses close visual acuity necessary to accurately record and view information on a computer monitor, handwritten and typed documents.
  • Ability to discern the nature of sounds at a normal spoken volume.
  • Possesses range of body motion and ability to exert enough force to lift and move adult and pediatric patients.


Other Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform basic medical math that may include the use of ratio/proportion, dosage calculation, metric and household equivalents, roman numerals, abbreviations, and general math including percentages, etc.
  • Ability to gather data in an organized fashion from varied sources.
  • Ability to perform variety of assignments requiring independent judgment.
  • Ability to resolve challenges and work under pressure.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations.
  • Computer literacy required.
  • Knowledge of Electronic Health Records preferred.
  • Familiarity with Electronic Dental Records and dental x-ray software preferred.


Work Environment & Conditions:

  • Work environment is typical of a health clinic setting with occasional exposure to communicable diseases, bodily fluids, and hazardous chemicals.
  • Work frequently involves dental equipment and machinery with proximity to electrical current, and exposure to moving mechanical parts and some hazardous chemicals.
  • Work requires reliable transportation as position requires occasional travel and extended hours to include early morning, evenings, holidays, and weekends.
  • If hired for a float position, position requires frequent travel to any dental center as needed.