This is professional dental work in the examination, care and treatment of teeth and oral tissues of patients in City dental facilities. An employee in this class is responsible for directing and supervising the activities of dentists and conventional and expanded duty dental auxiliary personnel in the team delivery of dental care. Work is performed under the general direction of a dental supervisor.
Reviews health history of the patient; examines mouth and oral tissue, employing radiographic examination, diagnostic tests, laboratory tests, and other procedures necessary to diagnose diseases of the oral cavity in both hard and soft tissues.
Interprets results of these diagnostic procedures to develop a treatment plan.
Coordinates and directly supervises a group of conventional and expanded duty dental auxiliaries in the team delivery of dental care; instructs auxiliary personnel in the method of teaching patients and parents proper ways to maintain home oral hygiene; instructs and supervises auxiliary staff in the requisition of dental supplies and the neatness of dental equipment.
Administers local anesthesia; makes cavity preparation in decayed teeth and restores and/or supervises expanded duty dental auxiliaries as they restore teeth with appropriate filling materials; extracts deciduous and permanent teeth where indicated; provides dental prophylaxis, including scaling and polishing of teeth.
Provides continuous on the job training and re-enforcement of skills for auxiliary personnel.
Performs limited oral surgery services and root canal services; prescribes and provides limited tooth movement appliances, space maintainers, crowns, bridges and dentures as indicated; refers patients to specialized clinics when required.
Performs related work as required.
Graduation from an accredited school of dentistry with a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine.
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 valid license to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued by the Pennsylvania State Dental Council and Examining Board prior to and during tenure of employment.