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University of Rochester Dental Assistant (S) - 222302 in Rochester, New York

Dental Assistant (S) Job ID 222302

Location Eastman Dental Center Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 026 EIOH General Dentistry




Position Summary:

Under the general direction of the Lead Dental Assistant, assists and anticipates the needs of Dentists and other providers in the provision of patient care; and assists in the coordination and operation of the Clinic or Dental Operating Room setting.


Clinical Practice

Provides chair side or operating room assistance to Dentists and other providers. Maintains sterile environment and aseptic technique. Utilizes four-handed technique and working as a team with the Dentist, passes and receives instruments; retracts the patient's cheek or tongue, operates oral vacuum evacuating equipment and applies water and air to the field of operation.

Anticipates day to day needs, including armamentarium, nitrogen tank, OR carts, and other specific equipment, material and supply needs for patient and provider to ensure smooth operations and patient safety. Reviews patient record to consider and prepare for the complexity of each visit and /or procedure and the time frame required so that the patient schedule may be maintained or modified as needed.

Sets up/uses specialized equipment for documentation of vital signs including pulse oximetry during nitrous oxide or IV sedation cases.

Takes intra-oral, extra-oral, panorex radiographs. Anticipates diagnostic needs. Develops and mounts radiographs.

Follows standard clinical safety measures such as Patient Identification Verification of all patients.

Clinical Support

Maintains inventory of clinic equipment, instruments, forms, and supplies and identifies need for replacement. May assist with ordering processes.

Maximizes room utilization through inventory awareness, stocking, cleaning of operatories, and daily preparation of dental units. Cleans and decontaminates instruments.

Cleans and maintains equipment. Identifies need and/or performs repairs.

Following the patient visit, completes required laboratory work such as pouring dentures, partials, and crown models, making bite guards or setting up fluoride trays for preventive therapy.

Disposes of hazardous waste/chemicals.

Escorts patients to and from operatories as needed. Provides assistance for any patient special needs.

Administrative Support

Collects/enters data for quality assurance and other departmental initiatives. Performs QA testing and ensures compliance with all QA expectations.

Supports research activities by performing duties such as assistance with the collection of samples/biopsies.

Supports new hire training/orientation by participating in shadow training experiences.

In the absence of a Lead or Licensed Dental Assistant, may performs other managerial duties as assigned by Supervisor.


Graduate of a Dental Assistant Program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Dental and Dental Auxiliary Education Program; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Prefer one year of experience as a Dental Assistant or in an Operating Room environment. Knowledge of dental terminology, procedures, and computer experience preferred.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled