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Dental Assistant

Department: Clinical
Location: Aurora, CO

EFDA/EDDA

 Expanded Duties Dental Assistants (EDDA) support dentists by preparing treatment rooms, ensuring equipment meets cleanliness standards, and liaising with patients. This job involves documenting and updating treatment plans, taking X-rays, cleaning teeth, and taking impressions. Most expanded functions dental assistants work full time in a clinical setting, but there are opportunities to work part time depending on the practice. Applicants for this job should have strong interpersonal skills, the ability stay calm under pressure, and the stamina to spend hours on their feet.

Duties:

  • Prepare the treatment or operating room for procedures, making sure that Dentists have all the tools and equipment they’ll need prior to each appointment.
  • Clean up, restock supplies, and sanitize the room after appointments.
  • Assist Dentists to carry out procedures and treatments on patients, which can include everything from routine checkups to pain medication and local anesthetic administration.
  • Radiography – taking and exposing patient X-rays.
  • Sealants application – applying a thin layer of plastic on teeth to seal them and prevent cavities.
  • Fluoride application – applying fluoride gel to the teeth for cavity prevention.
  • Topical anesthetic – numbing an area of a patient’s mouth using a local, topical application, not an injection.
  • Coronal polishing – buffing away small, soft plaque deposits from the teeth for additional cleaning.
  • Gas monitoring – monitoring a patient under nitrous oxide.
  • Dental charting – creating a chart that lists and describes the condition of a patient’s teeth.
  • Suture removal – taking out stitches following a surgical dental procedure.
  • Crown application – putting in a dental crown, temporary only.
  • Dental impressions – taking a mold of a patient’s teeth for creating retainers, mouth guards, crowns, bridges, dentures or veneers.

Qualifications:

  • Current CPR certification required.
  • Current EFDA or EDDA certification required.
  • Compliance with all health & safety regulations and state dental practice requirements.
  • Knowledge of dental terminology, instruments and sterilization methods.
  • Computer proficiency and the ability to learn new programs.
  • Excellent communication and people skills with the ability to build rapport with others.
  • Well-organized, detail oriented and reliable.
  • Graduation from a dental assisting school is a plus.
  • Ability to demonstrate high ethical standards.
  • Additional certification or training is a plus (e.g. X-Ray, CDA, or RDA).

                                             Salary range $36,000 - $45,760  annually 

 

 

 

 

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