The W.G.(Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury, NC is hiring for 1 Full-Time General Dentistry position. Staff dentist duties include performing all phases of dentistry including but not limited to: Restorative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery. Incumbent must have diagnostic skills to triage, diagnose, and manage a broad spectrum of dental problems in a patient population who are medically complex and compromised. The general practice dental officer serves as a practicing dentist who performs a full range of professional dental procedures in connection with the treatment of commonly encountered dental diseases or dental health problems requiring standard corrective, restorative, or preventive measures. All staff dentists shall: Annually develop and evaluate professional and personal goals. Establish and maintain professional relationships within the Dental Service and with other services and facility management, which result in improved patient care and facilitate the delivery of appropriate patient care. Demonstrate sound decision-making skills, both clinical and administrative The General Dentistry dental officer shall be proficient in all aspects of general dentistry including the ability to perform selected specialty services. Specifically, the provider should possess the expertise and competency to perform the following: The Staff Dentist practitioner (Dentist) will perform only within the scope those privileges*, as recommended by the Chief of Dental Service, for which approval has been granted by the Credentials and Privileges Committee, Chief of Staff and Center Director. CLINICAL PRIVILEGES: General Dentistry is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, lesions, and anomalies of the teeth, alveolar processes, gums, jaws, and associated structures. Diagnosis or treatment may include all necessary related procedures as well as the use of drugs, anesthetic agents, and physical and radiographic evaluation. Privileges include diagnostic procedures, restorative dentistry procedures and routine procedures within the areas of prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, and oral surgery. Initial granting of privileges will be based on previous credentials, training and clinical experience. Subsequent renewal of privileges will also take into consideration OPPE outcomes. General Dentistry Core Privileges include: Prescription and injection or oral administration of medications including antimicrobials, analgesics, preventive medicaments, local anesthetics. Restoration of dental caries and dental fractures. Fixed prosthodontic restorations (crown and bridge), including dental implant supported crowns and bridges. Endodontic (root canal) non-surgical treatment, filling and post and/or core placement for restoration. Oral surgery including biopsy, extraction, osteoplasty, soft tissue alveoloplasty, placement of single, root-form endosseous dental implants. Periodontal treatment including scaling/root planning, gingival and periodontal flap surgery. Removable prosthodontic treatment including dentures, partial dentures, relines, occlusal guards, splints, sleep appliances. The Dentist must maintain his or her professional qualifications, participate in customer service training, computer training, and attend to mandated medical center training, including BLS. CUSTOMER SERVICE: Demonstrates courtesy, respect, and a positive attitude toward all stakeholders. Has the knowledge and skill to assist customers with questions or concerns. Understands the importance of and participates in service recovery. AGE, DEVELOPMENT, CULTURAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS: Recognizes the need and modifies care as necessitated by patient's age and abilities. Has the ability to provide accurate and understandable instructions to patients. Understands the importance and is compliant with participating in patient identification and time-out processes. Has the ability to recognize patient signs of physical distress and monitors the patient's condition during treatment. Work Schedule: 0700-1730-M-Thu, 0700-1730 Fri-4 day weekend every other week Relocation incentive: Not authorized Recruitment incentive: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station-(PCS): Not authorized Education Debt Reduction Program-(EDRP): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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