The VA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) Healthcare System Dental Service is one of the largest patient care, education and research enterprises in VHA. GLA is a tertiary medical care facility which provides quality patient centered care in all aspects and specialties of dentistry including endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as general dentistry in an outpatient, inpatient, Community Living Center and operating room settings. Duties include, but are not limited to: Employee performs a full range of duties with some independence in assigned specialties, with indirect supervision from the lead dental assistant, dental assistant supervisor or treating dentist. Assignments at this level include, but are not limited to using the concepts of four-handed dentistry; assists with specialty procedures including oral surgery, periodontal therapy, endodontic, prosthodontic and implant placement and restoration; anticipates surgeons/specialists needs at each stage of treatment, takes preliminary impressions; selects and manipulates a variety of gypsums and waxes; pours, trims and evaluates the quality of diagnostic casts; fabricates custom trays. Dental assistants are proficient in the delivery of dental care in all disciplines/specialties of dentistry with any level dental provider in every environment/setting and have an extensive experience with impression procedures and materials as well as dental laboratory techniques, procedures, and materials including the proper handling and safety. In addition, GLA dental assistants are knowledgeable of preventive dentistry and autonomously provide proper oral hygiene instructions/techniques to individuals and groups of patients. GLA dental assistants are also proficient in the utilization of the dental program in the computer system for scheduling, dental record charting and making/completing electronic dental progress notes while complying with privacy requirements. All dental assistants are actively involved with the didactic and clinical training and supervision of dental assistant trainees from affiliated dental assistant training programs and volunteers from the immediate community (including high school students and undergraduate college students who want to pursue a career in dentistry). All dental assistants also have advanced knowledge in dental infection control and VA Reusable Medical/Dental Equipment regulations and educate and supervise the assistant trainees, dental students and new dental residents in these areas. The dental assistants participate in the Dental Service Performance Improvement Plans, System Redesign Projects, and Quality Assurance Monitoring. There are currently several GLA research projects which are all exclusively clinical studies, and the GLA dental assistants are an integral part of the professional enhancements and improvements in patient dental care in these progressive/creative scholarly ventures. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work schedule, but work schedule may be adjusted to meet the needs of the service. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.