Dental Assistant Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

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Dental Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

  • Dental Assistant
  • Entry-Level Dental Assistant
  • Paediatric Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistant (Part-Time)
  • Orthodontic Dental Assistant
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Example 1

As and expanding business, we are very much looking forwards to welcoming a new dental assistant to our vibrant and exciting little practice. The role involves assisting the dentists and looking after our patients. We are a 50/50 NHS/PVT practice and have great patient base. We offer a range of treatments from Invisalign to Sedation to Implants. We are looking for someone with a caring nature and a friendly disposition. Our practice website is Experience of dental nursing with a qualification is preferred. We will consider outstanding applicants without prior experience, who are willing to undertake a nursing qualification NVQ level 3 (financed by the practice). The hours are Wednesday > [website] Friday > 9am-4pm Saturdays (2 per month) 9am-1pm There are opportunities for extra hours to cover staff holiday and for admin throughout the week. Part-time hours: 16.5 per week Application deadline: 24/06/2021 Expected start date: 14/07/2021 Job Types: Part-time, Permanent Salary: From £9.00 per hour Schedule: * Day shift * Weekends Work remotely: * No

Example 2

* *_Qualified Dental Nurse for Nurse Duty_* * *_Good potential for career progression to ready for move to new premises_* * *_Town centre of North Shields_*. * *_Good transport links and free parking nearby._* * *_Support with GDC registration / indemnity_* * *_Support with CPD and further training eg Impression taking / Record taking/ Admin support / Dental Radiography for the right candidate_* * *_Flexible working _* * *_Great team_* * *_Independent HR, holidays and wellbeing support_* *The ideal candidate would have a busy customer facing / customer service background and* * possess a dental nursing qualification ie. the National Exam for Dental Nurses * Reception Experience * Dental radiography * Impression taking qualifications * require a friendly caring patient centred profile alongside an awareness of business needs / UOA / UDA working. * Capable IT skill set required and ability to integrate into a high paced close working team. * *Full time hours available *or *4 days Tues-Friday* Annual Salary: £19600 - £22425 per annum based on 37.5 hour week pro-rata depending on experience and performance. Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract, Permanent, Apprenticeship COVID-19 considerations: To keep patients and staff safe physical distancing are in place. We do not have a waiting room to minimise the risk of transmission - remote clinical/ covid triage for all patients attending. Hand sanitiser and mask wear required by all attending. Trial Contract length: 3-6 months Part-time hours: 16-35 per week Expected start date: 19/07/2021 Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract, Permanent Salary: £16,120.00-£27,420.00 per year Benefits: * Additional leave * Flexible schedule * On-site parking Schedule: * 10 hour shift * 12 hour shift * 8 hour shift COVID-19 considerations: All interviewees are expected to wear a mask / hand sanitise * Valid GDC registration (required) Work remotely: * No

Example 3

Job Type: Full-Time Overview: We’re SmileDirectClub, and we believe everyone deserves a smile they’ll love. We also believe that you deserve a job you’ll love. Good thing you found us, and we found you. At SmileDirectClub, we’re all about empowering transformation. We want people to become more confident in how they look, how they feel, and how they think. So we’re spreading smiles and positivity all over the country. It’s no small task. That’s why we’re looking for energetic, passionate, and confident Dental Assistants who can help turn frowns into life-changing grins. Are you up for it? Currently we are looking for a new team member to join us for 12 months' contract for 32 hours per week with the salary of £24000 p/a Responsibilities: How you make our customers SMILE… Deliver “5-Star” experience for every customer Be the face of SmileDirectClub, explain our product, and guide customers through timelines and expectations Engage and form a genuine connection with our customers to keep them excited about their journey to a more confident smile Use cutting edge technology to create a 3D scan of customer’s teeth for our Licensed Dental Professionals to review Help our customers select the best payment plan for their budget Provide our customers with complimentary whitening, and guide them through the “do’s and don’ts” Work with your teammates to create a positive, high-energy atmosphere Additional responsibilities as needed to set your SmileShop up for success Qualifications: It would really make us SMILE if you have… Dental Assisting Certificate and/or 1+ year of hands on dental experience required Experience taking impressions or using digital intraoral scanning equipment Sales and Customer Service experience, preferably in a retail sales setting Have confidence when presenting our product and accurately addressing a customer’s questions and concerns Excited and passionate about transforming smiles and making an impact Fun and positive personality while being professional and eager to succeed Self-motivated and independent, but also open to learning Proven success and ability to quickly adapt to new systems and software Open-minded and optimistic as we continue grow and innovate Remain curious, and always look for ways to improve your shop operationally and the customer’s experience Company Profile: SmileDirectClub was founded on a simple belief: everyone deserves a smile they love. The Company is the first digital brand for straightening your smile, created after the realization that recent trends in 3D printing and telehealth could bring about disruptive change to the invisible aligner market by matching licensed professionals, a quality clear-aligner product, and customers together. By leveraging proprietary, cutting-edge technology, SmileDirectClub, LLC-affiliated dentists are providing greater access of care to consumers who couldn't otherwise afford orthodontic treatment to get a better smile. What is Link here. What are our customers saying? Link here. What is a SmileShop? Link here. What is our culture like? Link here. How do we celebrate your team members? Link here.

Example 4

Job Type: Full-Time Overview: We’re SmileDirectClub, and we believe everyone deserves a smile they’ll love. We also believe that you deserve a job you’ll love. Good thing you found us, and we found you. At SmileDirectClub, we’re all about empowering transformation. We want people to become more confident in how they look, how they feel, and how they think. So we’re spreading smiles and positivity all over the country. It’s no small task. That’s why we’re looking for energetic, passionate, and confident Dental Assistants who can help turn frowns into life-changing grins. Are you up for it? Responsibilities: How you make our customers SMILE… Deliver “5-Star” experience for every customer Be the face of SmileDirectClub, explain our product, and guide customers through timelines and expectations Engage and form a genuine connection with our customers to keep them excited about their journey to a more confident smile Use cutting edge technology to create a 3D scan of customer’s teeth for our Licensed Dental Professionals to review Help our customers select the best payment plan for their budget Provide our customers with complimentary whitening, and guide them through the “do’s and don’ts” Work with your teammates to create a positive, high-energy atmosphere Additional responsibilities as needed to set your SmileShop up for success Qualifications: It would really make us SMILE if you have… Dental Assisting Certificate and/or 1+ year of hands on dental experience required Experience taking impressions or using digital intraoral scanning equipment Sales and Customer Service experience, preferably in a retail sales setting Have confidence when presenting our product and accurately addressing a customer’s questions and concerns Excited and passionate about transforming smiles and making an impact Fun and positive personality while being professional and eager to succeed Self-motivated and independent, but also open to learning Proven success and ability to quickly adapt to new systems and software Open-minded and optimistic as we continue grow and innovate Remain curious, and always look for ways to improve your shop operationally and the customer’s experience Company Profile: SmileDirectClub was founded on a simple belief: everyone deserves a smile they love. The Company is the first digital brand for straightening your smile, created after the realization that recent trends in 3D printing and telehealth could bring about disruptive change to the invisible aligner market by matching licensed professionals, a quality clear-aligner product, and customers together. By leveraging proprietary, cutting-edge technology, SmileDirectClub, LLC-affiliated dentists are providing greater access of care to consumers who couldn't otherwise afford orthodontic treatment to get a better smile. What is Link here. What are our customers saying? Link here. What is a SmileShop? Link here. What is our culture like? Link here.

Dental Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so jobseekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Dental Assistant job summary

Our busy dental practice is searching for a dedicated Dental Assistant who can keep the examination rooms clean and assist during patient appointments. We need someone who can perform basic dental procedures, such as cleanings and patient x-rays, and maintain complex client records with the utmost confidentiality. The ideal candidate for this position has an orthodontic background and experience working with patients of all ages.

Dental Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the employee reports to.

  • Prepare examination and surgical rooms by sterilising instruments and moving equipment into place
  • Assist in updating and maintaining client dental records
  • Perform routine dental cleanings and assist in the performance of more complicated surgical procedures
  • Provide support to dentists, surgeons and staff as needed
  • Offer patients advice and materials necessary to maintain good dental health
  • Prevent the spread of infection and disease by maintaining a surgically clean work environment

Dental Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful employee. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

  • HNC or equivalent in dental hygiene required
  • Must be registered as a dental nurse or higher with the GDC
  • 2+ years’ experience as a Dental Assistant
  • Comprehensive understanding of dental instruments
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Strong knowledge of computer programs such as MS Office
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