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Dental Assistant University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

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A new Dental Assistant position is available in Salt Lake City, UT. Highly motivated candidates with excellent communication skills are encouraged to apply. New opportunities are offered by University of Utah.

Brief Details

Job: Dental Assistant

Company: University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Job Description

This position assists dentists with routine as well as restorative and surgical procedures. The incumbent maintains and operates equipment and instruments under the direction of the department, and provides initial orientation for dental students. This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job. Employees may be required to assist in other areas of the clinic as needed. Preference may be given to individuals with Oral Surgery Assisting and General Anesthesia experience/certification.

Essential Functions

1. Assisting student and faculty dentists with procedures by preparing, identifying, and/or providing appropriate instruments.
2. Maintaining equipment and supplies.
3. Acting to ensure proper infection control, clinic policies, and processes are followed.
4. Assisting in the tracking of clinic procedures through maintaining and/or entering data.
5. Assisting in the orientation, education, and training of dental students on clinic procedures and protocols.
6. Adhering to standards set by OSHA, HIPAA, FERPA, CODA and other standards set by the department.
7. Participating and contributing in committees and discussions regarding clinic operations, materials, protocols, and/or quality assurance.

Dental Assistants are expected to support all areas of the School of Dentistry clinics and may be required to perform any of the following duties:

Clinic Operations Duties
Performing routine cleaning, stocking, and equipment maintenance including but not limited to changing traps, maintaining water unit levels, cleaning chair bases, stocking supplies, and printing and stocking clinic forms.
Assisting student dentists with the preparation of procedures, chairside assisting, and radiology positioning and technique.
Assisting specialists with clinic procedures and maintaining specialty equipment.
Providing Dentrix and Romexis technical support to students, staff, and faculty.
Oral Diagnosis Duties
Assisting as a practical instructor for radiology positioning, technique, and troubleshooting.
Tracking radiology and screening procedures through maintaining and entering data in Excel.
Assisting in the education of patients on clinic policies and processes.
Assisting in the screening and radiology procedures of the clinic.
Assisting in the set up and break down of the operatory.
Obtaining and uploading CBCT images for interpretation.
Dispensary and Sterilization Duties
Ordering, organizing, and restocking supplies for clinic use and outreach projects.
Barcoding and inventorying instruments, cassettes, and equipment.
Preparing materials for student and faculty dentists.
Dispensing medications, materials, instruments, and cassettes to student and faculty dentists.
Assigning operatories to student dentists.
Inspecting equipment and replacing as necessary.
Disinfecting, lubricating, washing, wrapping, and sterilizing instruments, cassettes, and equipment for clinic use and outreach projects.
Performing and logging biological and calibration tests.
Adhering to manufacturer, University Hospital, and CDC guidelines for reprocessing instruments and equipment.
Maintaining sterilization records and inventory reports.
Oral Surgery Duties
Assisting and instructing students and faculty dentists in oral surgery procedures.
Dispensing, tracking, and inventorying oral surgery materials and equipment.
Maintaining records of implant procedures.
Performing routine operatory maintenance procedures.
Assisting the student and faculty dentist with the preparation and administration of sedation anesthesia.
Assisting in the triage of emergency care.
Pediatric Duties
Chairside assisting student and faculty dentists in pediatric procedures.
Dispensing, tracking, and inventorying pediatric materials and equipment.
Performing routine operatory maintenance procedures.
Faculty Practice Duties
Preparing, setting up, and breaking down treatment rooms for procedures.
Obtaining radiographs.
Chairside assisting faculty dentists with various procedures.
Performing laboratory procedures by pouring, trimming and mounting models and making custom trays.
Instructing patients on appropriate dental hygiene practices.
Registering and scheduling patients in Epic.
Checking patients out and collecting payment and/or insurance information.
Problem Solving
This position performs duties as outlined by the State of Utah Dental Practice Act. The incumbent must keep current and initiate implementation of infection control protocol that prevents cross contamination and protects staff. The incumbent is encouraged to participate in training and education as new advances in dentistry arise.

The staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required: Nearly Continuously: Clinic Environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required:
Nearly Continuously: walking, sitting, hearing, listening and talking.
Often: Repetitive hand motion.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications
Completion of Dental Assistant Course and one year chair-side experience or equivalency. Successful completion of Radiology Safety and Health exam or complete within six months of hire. Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire. Excellent human relations and effective communication skills also required.

Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Care is appropriate to the population served

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

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