Dental Assistant (S)

Rochester, NY


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. Performs advanced dental functions under New York State licensure.


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.

  • Performs instrument sterilization.

  • Performs NYS approved expanded functions such as providing patient education, placing and removing rubber dams, matrix bands, temporary separating devices; selecting and pre-fitting provisional crowns and orthodontic bands; removing orthodontic arch wires/ligature ties and sutures placed by a licensed dentist, periodontal dressings, temporary cement; makes temporary crowns, takes impressions for casts, applies topical anticarcinogenic or desensitizing agents to the teeth; and takes and documents preliminary medical history and vital signs.

  • 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 or other technical training.

  • In the absence of a Lead 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. New York State license or Limited Permit required. Prefer one year of experience as a Dental Assistant or in an Operating Room environment. Knowledge of dental terminology, procedures, and computer experience preferred.

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 20.07 - $ 27.09 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Location: Eastman Dental Center
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 028
Schedule: 8 AM-5 PM

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