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The School of Dentistry shares the University's overall mission to generate, disseminate, and preserve knowledge, and to serve the community. The School is an integral part of the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center, and is an oral health care center of excellence serving the people of the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Our primary mission, through educational, research, and service programs, is to prepare students to be competent oral health care professionals. The School's research programs contribute to the fundamental understanding of biologic processes and to the behavioral, biomedical, and clinical aspects of oral health. The service mission is to improve the health and well-being of the people of the community and the region through outreach programs that are especially attentive to minority and underserved populations. The School values diversity in its students, staff, faculty, and patient populations. It seeks to foster an environment of mutual respect where objectivity, imaginative inquiry, and the free exchange of ideas can flourish to facilitate personal development, professionalism, and a strong sense of self-worth.
The University of Washington School of Dentistry has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (60%) Dental Assistant 1.
UW Dentists Faculty Practice is designed to bring comprehensive oral health care to our community making access to dental care convenient. Patients receive dental care by our faculty dentists who are specialists and excel in their field of dentistry. Faculty Providers in our practice include General Restorative Dentistry, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics, and Dental Hygiene.
The successful candidate will perform duties under direct supervision in accordance with the Washington State Dental Practice Act and to the extent of their licensure including:
Assist in 4-handed dentistry; take impressions for diagnostic study models, assist with rubber dam placement; may place matrix and wedge; under supervision, chair side assist in restorative dentistry procedures, root canal treatment procedures, prosthodontics procedures, periodontics procedures. Assist hygienist with perio-charting using the electronic patient record program; take radiographic images per Provider's instructions. Assist in maintaining surgical procedure cassettes and additional surgical instruments and accessories; assist in the preparation of the surgical suite following current health and safety standards; assist with instrument sterilization and clinic maintenance; may assist with keeping daily and monthly clinic inventory.
The Dental Assistant I may also perform the following duties for the UW Dentists Faculty Practice Clinic.
Greet and seat patients in the operatoy, inform Provider of patient's arrival.
Communicate with patients at chairside during appointment; consent form and health history completion.
Access to patient care electronic health record in accordance with the School of Dentistry policies and procedures and enter treatment notes in accordance with School of Dentistry policies and procedures.
Assist in maintaining treatment units and surgical operatory; prepare cassettes and misc instruments for patient care procedures; sterilize instruments and set up cassettes; Stock patient care operatories with dental supplies and materials; safeguard/maintain hand pieces; replenish sterilized water inventory. Dispose hazardous waste bags in accordance with established procedures. Report unusual environmental conditions present in patient care operatories including seating, lighting, and safety factors. Perform related duties as required.
Completion of a training program for dental assistants; current certification as a dental assistant (CDA) or the ability to obtain same within six months; or six months of dental assistant experience
Must have current State of Washington Department of Health Dental Assistant Registration
Data entry skills.
Excellent customer service skills; team work and communication skills
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.