This is technical dental work of limited scope in the care and treatment of the teeth and gums of patients in the City's dental health clinics. Employees in this class assist dentists and hygienists as they examine and treat patients during the provision of preventive maintenance and restorative services. Employees additionally provide some direct technical dental treatment to patients. Work is performed under the direct supervision of a dentist or hygienist.ALLOCATING FACTORS: (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)
Performs the duties described below with English speaking and designated non English speaking populations.
Arranges basic materials and instruments for dental treatments; assists the dentist or hygienist by handing instruments and materials as needed during the performance of dental treatment; directs water and/or air sprays as required; adjusts suction apparatus; cleans, sterilizes, and maintains instruments and equipment used in the dental clinic.
Isolates appropriate teeth to be repaired by applying rubber dam; prepares tooth for filling by placing matrix band with retainers if needed; cleans debris from cavity; dries tooth thoroughly; applies sealants and medications as directed; prepares proper restorative materials such as amalgam and composite fillings; fills prepared tooth by using necessary hand instruments; carves, finishes, and polishes restorations using rotary and hand instruments to achieve proper anatomy; checks occlusion of the teeth before releasing patient.
Takes, develops, duplicates and mounts dental x ray films, changes film processing solutions as required.
Takes impressions of the mouth and pours models for study purposes.
Maintains inventory of supplies, re-ordering and re-stocking as necessary.
Instructs children and adults in the health center, at schools and in the community on proper dental care and oral hygiene.
Schedules appointments, answers phone, processes billing information as required.
May train, supervise, and direct lower level dental auxiliary personnel.
Performs related work as required.
Education equivalent to completion of the twelfth school grade.
Completion of a formal expanded function dental assistant training program at a two-year college or other accredited institution which has included a Completion Certification program of at least 200 hours of expanded function clinical and didactic instruction in restorative functions; or graduation from an accredited school of dental hygiene which has included completion of formal clinical and didactic instructions in expanded functions dental assisting training of at least 75 hours.
Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently and clearly in English and a designated non English language.PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Possession of a Pennsylvania State license as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant at the time of application.
Possession of a Pennsylvania State certification of passing the Radiologic Procedures examination at the time of application.