The Salvation Army

Dental Assistant

Job Locations US-PA-Johnstown
Job ID
2021-7665
Category
Human Services
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Dental assistants work closely with, and under the supervision of, Dentists.  Dental Assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties.  Dental assistants sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare and lay out the instruments and materials required to treat each patient, and obtain patients’ dental records. Assistants make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair and prepare them for treatment.During dental procedures, assistants work alongside the dentist to provide assistance. 

Responsibilities

  • Establishes rapport with patients
  • Ensures room is set up for appropriate procedure prior to patient arrival
  • Syringe is together with topical, and barriers
  • Performs clinical procedures as delegated by the attending dentist
  • Takes clear radiographs (bitewings, periapicals) utilizing digital radiography
  • Charts patient conditions at the direction of attending dentist, and enters treatment plan and existing restorations and/or missing teeth in practice management system
  • Familiar with equipment function and maintenance
  • Familiar with mixing of cleaning solution, cleaning water lines, changing traps, cold sterilization, and hazardous waste disposal
  • Conducts monthly spore test of sterilizer
  • Sterilization area is kept neat and clean at all times
  • Instruments are cleaned and properly wrapped between patient visits, including preparation for the next day
  • Maintains library of Infection Control, MSDS and other compliance manuals and ensures timely updates of all information
  • Follows asepsis procedures with respect to barriers, masks, gloves, jackets, and protective eyewear
  • Cleans ultrasonic and autoclave units as directed.

Qualifications

  • X-ray Certification 
  • All three PA Clearances required upon employment and thereafter upon renewal date: PA Child Abuse History Clearance, Request for Criminal Record, and Fingerprint based federal criminal history.
  • PA Mandated and Permissive Reporting.

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