Expanded Functions Dental Assistant

Opportunity Type: Job

FIGHT Program: Dental Services

Reports to: Kari Hexem DMD, Dental Director

Philadelphia FIGHT is an AIDS Service Organization that recently became a Federally Qualified Health Centre (FQHC). We have been providing primary care for people living with HIV/AIDS and those at very high risk since 1990.  Our program is a team-cantered, multi-disciplinary approach that in addition to clinical care, offers access to behavioural health and substance abuse services, a wide range of educational programs, HIV counselling and testing, and youth programs. Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services, our new dental program, provides culturally competent, non-judgmental, high quality dental care to both adult and pediatric patients, who are both HIV+ and HIV-, regardless of the ability to pay.  In addition to dental care, Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services connects patients with social services, resources, and insurance benefits.

Hours

M-F 9:00 to 5:00

Tasks and Responsibilities

Dental Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Prepare treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
  • Prepare patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
  • Provide information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests.
  • Provide materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient’s mouth.
  • Provide diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts.
  • Maintain patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances.
  • Documents dental care services by charting in patient records.
  • Conserve dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed.
  • Manages patient flow including triaging of “walk ins.”
  • Understands when to escalate situation to dentist/dental hygienist

Expanded Functions Responsibilities:

  • Consistently demonstrate knowledge and skill related to the following “expanded function” responsibilities:
    • Placing and carving amalgam and composite restorations
    • Placing bases and liners
    • Placing and removing matrix bands, wedges and rubber dams
    • Placing sealants
    • Coronal polishing
    • Application of fluoride
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

General Responsibilities:

  • Maintain patient confidence and protect operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  • Use sound judgment in patient communication, especially with upset patients.

Team Functions:

  • Works in compliance with all medical policies and with standards such as OSHA, HIPAA, CLIA and funding body regulations.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned by supervisor or manager.
  • Exercises good judgment in bringing any issues necessary to the attention of the supervising dentist or Dental Director.
  • Constantly strives to achieve excellence in the day-to-day operations of Philadelphia FIGHT Dental Services.

Qualifications

  • CPR certification
  • EFDA certification for the state of Pennsylvania
  • X-ray certification for the state of Pennsylvania
  • Prefer 1+ years’ of experience as an EFDA
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the overall purpose of clinical care and importance of support staff
  • Must be able to demonstrate judgment, patience, integrity, organization, and prioritization in multi-task environment
  • Needs to have attention to detail, dependability, listening and communication skills, and flexibility
  • Must have cultural competency and take a trauma-informed and harm-reduction approach to health care
  • Needs to be competent in the use of Electronic Health Record systems

Other

Initial probationary period is three months.

Physical Demands: 

  • Occasional lifting of 40 – 50 lbs. and pushing of 5-20 lbs.
  • Sitting, standing and walking approximately 80% of the time
  • A medium to high level of manual dexterity required
  • Bending and reaching approximately 20% of the time
  • Normal accessibility and mobility required
  • Normal overtime/extended work hours

Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure – Category 1 Job classification includes ALL employees who have occupational exposure* to blood borne pathogens* (blood or body fluids) while performing their job duties.

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