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Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Posted: 01/09/2022

Title:                   Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Reports To:        Dental Assistant Supervisor

Salary Range:    Based on experience

Status:               Non-Exempt

Work Hours:      1.0 FTE; 40 hours per week

Supervises:        None

Organization Overview
Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center (SCHC) is a 501(c)3 Federally Qualified Health Center located in the Shawnee Neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. SCHC seeks to transform the community by sharing the love of Christ in word and deed, to facilitate community development and holistic healthcare through the empowerment of the residents in the community.
Position Summary
The Expanded Duties Dental Assistant will support the dentist in providing high quality oral health care and education to a broad range of patients. This position also offers assistance where needed to ensure smooth, efficient running of the dental program and participates in ongoing evaluation of operations to assure delivery of outstanding patient care as well as financial sustainability of the clinic.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies and equipment
  • Maintains proper aseptic techniques necessary with dental equipment; clean and properly sterilize instruments and record all sterilization activities; help manage the dental office infection control plan to meet OSHA, CDC and ADA standards
  • Prepares the operatory for patient visits, including cleaning, disinfecting and restocking the room
  • Scans reception area for patients and help manage the patient flow
  • Seats patient in chair and explains procedures to be performed; collects and records patient health history
  • Prepares dental materials cements, amalgams, composites, impression materials, etc.
  • Provides active chair side assistance; transfers instrument as appropriate for four-handed dentistry; anticipates the dentist’s needs
  • Monitors and documents the flow of laboratory cases; maintains lab facility
  • Performs laboratory procedures neatly and efficiently
  • Exposes radiographs using digital technology and following proper radiation safety precautions
  • Applies topical fluoride and varnishes, as well as pit and fissure sealants
  • Polishes coronal surfaces of patient’s teeth (without high-speed instruments) to remove stains and soft deposits and polishes amalgams or composite surfaces, when certified
  • Fabricates, preliminarily fits and removes temporary crowns for final cementation; places temporary restorative materials and removes excess cement from fabricated restorations
  • Takes impressions for study casts, athletic mouth guards and custom trays
  • Supports and assists with special community oriented dental care programs
  • Attends required meetings, in-services and daily huddles
  • Maintains patient confidentiality
  • Strong alignment with SCHC Mission and demonstrates behaviors aligned with SCHC Statement of Faith and Core values
  • Other duties as necessary to ensure successful attainment of SCHC goals and objectives
Job Qualifications and Requirements
  • High School degree/GED required
  • Completion of an accredited course in expanded duties dental assisting
  • CPR/BLS certification required
  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in a dental office setting
  • Knowledge of and ability to operate all types of dental equipment and machinery
  • Comprehensive knowledge of dental assisting techniques and procedures for all phases of general dentistry, knowledge of general materials, their storage, handling and application is required
  • Skill in operation of computer and other office equipment
  • Ability to speak clearly and concisely
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks to completion
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff and the public
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to respect and appreciate diversity and cultural competence
  • Ability to react calmly in emergency situations
  • Ability to read, understand, and respond to detailed oral and written instructions



·Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance

·401(K) retirement plan with employer matching contributions

·Paid Time Off (vacation and sick)

·Paid Holidays


Working Environment and Physical Requirements

  • Work is performed in dental exam rooms, school clinics, and an office environment
  • Work may be stressful at times.  Interaction with others is constant and interruptive.  Contact may involve dealing with sick persons
  • Requires full range of body motion, including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.  Requires standing and walking for extended periods of time.  Occasionally lifts and carries items weighing up to 30 pounds.  Requires normal visual acuity and hearing
  • Requires working under stressful conditions or working irregular hours
  • Local travel may be required to attend meetings or visit other SCHC clinics
  • Out-of-town travel may be necessary for conferences and other learning opportunities






Acceptance Statement

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive.  The employee will be expected to perform other reasonably related duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and/or other management.

Interested candidates may send resumes to

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