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University of Rochester Dental Assistant (S) - 226028 in Rochester, New York

Dental Assistant (S)

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Eastman Dental Center

Full/Part Time


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Part Time 24 hours Grade 026 UDFG Dental Facility


8 AM-5 PM


Position Summary:

Prepares the dental operatory/operating room, handles instruments and supplies, assists in the coordination and operation of the dental practice at Clinton Crossings Dental Site, provides support during procedures and performs expanded functions as per Article 133 of the New York State Education Law.

Supervision and Direction Received: General direction by the Administrator; Direct supervision by Dental Director or Dentist involved in the case.

Typical Duties:

Patient Care:

Support and assist general and specialty dentists.

  • Review patient’s chart pre-procedure; select and set-up appropriate instruments, equipment, and infection control technique for previous plan noted in medical/dental record.

  • Awareness and attention to the special needs of the mentally handicapped, physically compromised or physically handicapped (i.e. cardiac patients, patients in wheelchairs, etc.)

  • Patient check-in and escort to and from operatory.

  • Obtain preliminary medical histories and vital signs to be reviewed by the dentist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

  • Assist dentist or specialist dentist during procedure; anticipate instrument, supply or equipment needs during procedure. Utilize four handed dental technique: working as a team with the dentist, pass and receive instruments; with the left hand pick-up and pass the next instrument in a “ready” position using one of several grasps (pen grasp, palm grasp, palm-thumb grasp, etc.) and at the same time receive the used instrument in the crook of the small finger of the left hand, the right hand is used for retracting the patient’s cheek or tongue, operating the oral vacuum evacuating equipment or applying water and air to the field of operation.

  • Perform expanded functions under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist as per Article 133 of the New York State Education Law:

  • Provide patient education

  • Place and remove rubber dams

  • Select and prefit provisional crowns

  • Select and prefit orthodontic bands

  • Remove orthodontic arch wires and ligature ties

  • Place and remove matrix bands

  • Take impressions for study casts or diagnostic casts

  • Remove periodontal dressings

  • Carry out other dental services as the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education may authorize. (As of April 1998, the only additional service that section 61.13 of the Commissioner’s Regulations authorizes is the removal of sutures placed by a licensed dentist.)

  • Document vital signs including pulse oximetry during nitrous oxide or IV sedation cases. Set-up appropriate equipment for IV sedation and nitrous oxide cases utilizing specialized equipment such as the Dinamapp and pulse oximeter.

  • Give appropriate pre-op and post-op instructions to oral surgery patients. Provide patient with appropriate post-op supplies as instructed by the dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

  • Provide patient education as instructed by the dentist or specialty dentist.

  • Make appropriate entries into electronic health record.

Expertise in digital radiography with ability to mount and label routine and specialized radiographs.

  • Requires knowledge and application of safety precautions for the patient and staff during radiation.

  • Requires knowledge of acceptable parameters of radiation for each exposure.

  • Requires knowledge and skill necessary to use various specialized equipment, i.e. Panorex, Dolphin software, Scan-X machine, Rinn System.

  • Requires knowledge of proper angulation and bisecting technique for use with Panorex and Rinn System.

  • Requires ability to correctly identify anatomy on each x-ray in order to mount each film in the correct sequence.

Following the patient appointment, complete required laboratory work such as pouring denture, partials, and crown models, making bite guards for TMJ patients, setting up fluoride trays for preventive therapy.

Environmental Support:

Clean and disinfect operatories after each procedure.

Instrument cleaning and sterilization.

Dispose of hazardous waste and toxic chemicals.

  • Hazard tag required

  • Schedule biohazard pick-up

Prepare dental operatory, stock, sterilize, disinfect, and maintain.

Arrange and coordinate equipment maintenance and repairs.

Quality Assurance

  • Check and document instruments, surgery packs, storage cabinets, operatory drawers, materials and supplies for expiration.

  • Spore test autoclaves and log results.

  • Automatic radiograph developer maintenance and documentation.

  • Monitor, review, assess and document each operatory and room for compliance with standards.

Obtain supplies for the laboratory, organize materials and maintain a clean environment.

Coordinate delivery of supplies.

Responsible for correct labeling and storage of samples and specimens.

Utilize Universal Precautions in Infection Control.

Administrative and Clerical Support:

Assist in orientation of new dental assistants and other auxiliary staff.

Collect data for quality assurance and other UDFG studies. Audit medial records (vital signs and sedation sheets, etc.)

Participate on University Dental Faculty Group committees as requested.

Utilize the axiUm system or other computerized registration and scheduling system as needed and serve as back up support for utilization of the axiUm system.

Ensure complete documentation on each encounter form matches information in EHR.

Schedule laboratory tests and x-rays for patients. Complete requisitions and assure delivery.

Assist with inventory and ordering of instruments, equipment, materials, linens and supplies.

Provide documentation of health assessment, treatment planning and existing conditions of intra- and extra-oral structures in medical record during oral assessment/exam.


  • New York State Licensed “Certified Dental Assistant”.

  • Prefer 3-5 years dental assistant experience

  • CPR Training

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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