The Birmingham VA Health Care System has (3) vacancies for Dental Assistants. This position functions throughout the Dental Service. The selectee will be responsible for performing the duties of a dental assistant in a hospital-based dental clinic. Assists in management of patient treatment. As directed by the dentist, the assistant will take digital radiographs and enter examination and treatment plan information into the dental record. He/she enters appropriate codes used in the progress note documentation. Makes final denture impression trays and prepares bite rims. Re-cement and fabricate temporary crowns. Properly prepare instruments for sterilization and in a manner that does not delay clinical care. Passes instruments safely, accurately and efficiently. Assists in specialized dental procedures, such as oral surgery, endodontics, and periodontics. The selectee will triage patients to determine the urgency of appointments being scheduled. Monitor patient's condition during treatment, being alert for signs of physical distress. He/she assures proper disposition of patient is related to the clerk for appropriate scheduling. Assures that appropriate disposition is communicated to the patient. Show courtesy, respect and a positive attitude for patients, co-workers and the public. The incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to performing the following duties as a dental assistant in a hospital-based dental clinic: 1. Assists in management of patient treatment. 2. Performs any other procedure in line with established dental assisting techniques, including acting as a eceptionist when needed. 3. Has knowledge of the computerized dental record and privacy requirements related to the maintenance and restriction of release of information from the patients record. 4. Assists dentists, consultants, residents and students chair-side in all phases of general dentistry including specialized areas of prosthodontics (fixed and removable), endodontic, oral surgery, periodontics, and implant procedures utilizing techniques of four handed dentistry where indicated and appropriate. 5. Instructs patients in preventive dental care; measures general nutrition as related to dental health, the common cause of tooth decay arid periodontal disease, and the care of prosthodontics appliances. Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm; overtime, weekend, holiday may be required Functional Statement Title: Dental Assistant GS-03, GS-04, GS-05 and GS-06 Telework: Not authorized Recruitment/Relocation: Not authorized Financial Disclosure: Not required
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