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Purpose is to perform fundamental and expanded duties assisting a licensed dentist; perform clerical functions associated with a dental office; perform related work. DENTAL ASSISTANT, EXPANDED FUNCTION job description can be downloaded and modified u

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									DENTAL ASSISTANT, EXPANDED FUNCTION CLASS PURPOSE To perform fundamental and expanded duties assisting a licensed dentist; perform clerical functions associated with a dental office; perform related work. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. Dental procedures. Typical duties: under supervision of a licensed dentist: Fundamental – retracts patient’s cheek, tongue, and other tissue; removes water syringes; takes, exposes, and develops x-rays of the mouth, gums, jaws, and/or teeth; applies topical medications; places rubber dams in patient’s mouth; removes excess cement from and adjacent to crowns, bridges, and orthodontic bands; places matrix bands; performs dietary and salivary analysis, demonstrates oral care procedures and techniques; removes and replaces ligature wires; removes sutures; charts patient’s mouth; performs infection control procedures flushes evacuation system with chemical cleansers. Expanded – places and removes temporary restorations; mechanically polishes restorations; monitors patient while nitrous oxide is being administered; applies pit and fissure sealants; after examination by a dentist and removal of calculus by a dentist or dental hygienist, practices cornal polishing to remove soft substances from the teeth with pumice or other abrasive. 2. Office procedures. Typical duties: completes reports on patient treatment, x-rays, days of operation, and fees charged; completes admittance sheets and insurance forms; keeps records of services rendered; keeps dental records current with medical history; schedules recalls and other appointments; compiles data for budget preparation; researches prices and equipment specifications; orders supplies and equipment and keeps accurate inventory; orders repairs on dental equipment; delivers and picks up material for dental lab. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS Certified to practice as an expanded function Dental Assistant as stipulated in Rule 035 of the Laws and Administrative Rules of the State State Board of Dentistry. Experience: performing fundamental and expanded duties of a dental assistant as outlined in the Laws and Rules of the Iowa State Board of Dentistry; completing dental radiographs and alginate impressions; performing clerical duties associated with a dental office.


								
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