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Medical University of South Carolina UNIV - Dental Assistant IV: Orthodontics Assistant and Dental Faculty Practice Assistant - College of Dental Medicine in Charleston, South Carolina

FLSA: Hourly

Job Summary: The College of Dental Medicine is looking for a candidate to provide chair-side dental assistance and technical support to faculty and postgraduate dental residents. To provide clinical and administrative support in orthodontic clinical education at the graduate and undergraduate levels. To provide direct support for patient care services and clinic operations. To provide training for residents in the efficient utilization of auxiliary personnel and overall clinic and patient management. To provide knowledgeable management of utilization of clinical instruments, equipment and computer applications, as well as supervision of limited laboratory services performed within the department.

Payscale Salary Range: UNIV-Band 4: $27,527.00 - $39,228.00 - $50,930.00 (min - mid - max)

Job Duties:

  • 35% - Perform chair-side assisting for postgraduate orthodontic residents, orthodontic faculty and predoctoral dental students as needed in the clinical treatment of orthodontic patients at the Orthodontic Dental Clinic and back-up dental assistant for the UG Pediatric Dentistry Clinic. Assist with complex orthodontic procedures that may involve surgical placement of implants for temporary anchorage (TADs) and diode laser surgical procedures for soft tissue management/removal. Instruct orthodontic residents and dental students with proper nomenclature and utilization of orthodontic instruments and materials as well as surgical instruments for TAD placement. Provide instruction on proper technique and utilization of four-handed dentistry in the orthodontic practice. Set-up sophisticated orthodontic equipment to include surgical instruments for surgical implant placement for TADs, and diode laser units. Assist with the guidance of proper angulations, along with proper positioning, of digital radiographs during the placement of TADs and for cephalometric radiographic exposures. - (Essential)

  • 30% - Instrument and Equipment Management. Expose digital panoramic and cephalometric radiographs. Expose digital bitewing and periapical radiographs using sensors and phosphor plates. Take intraoral and extraoral digital photographs. Mount all digital radiographs and photographs in their appropriate position within Dolphin imaging software for case and cephalometric analysis. Also mount digital radiographs in their proper position within Radiographic Imaging software. Performs all entries in Axium (college of Dental Medicine software for clinical management) for patient records, clinical exam, treatment planning, billing and treatment progress. In the postdoctoral, faculty practice and predoctoral clinics, responsible for the set-up, breakdown, maintenance and preparation for sterilization of all non-surgical and certain surgical instruments utilized during TAD's surgical placement and laser procedures. Instruct orthodontic residents and dental students with proper nomenclature and utilization of orthodontic instruments and materials as well as surgical instruments for TAD placement. Supervises asepsis standards, ensures cleanliness of cubicles and sterility of instruments. Assist with the intraoral scanning procedures and equipment. Maintain adequate inventory of supplies. - (Essential)

  • 10% - Laboratory duties. Accomplishes laboratory tasks as needed in the clinic. Prepare instructional materials for orthodontic courses, pour wax typodonts and dispense lab supplies. Assists as needed with the management of all outgoing and incoming lab requests involving patient care for all clinics (faculty, resident and predoctoral). Coordinates with other staff to ensure that the laboratory schedule for Ortho and Pediatric Dentistry postdoctoral residents is followed to ensure the cleanliness and safe working environment in the lab and clinical area. - (Essential)

  • 10% - Works with the liaison of student rotations to coordinate activities in the blocked rotations. Assists in the student management of patient care to include patient assignment, proper scheduling, and follow-up. Assist clinic office manager, faculty, and students in acquisition and maintenance of proper patient records. - (Essential)

  • 10% - Serve as adviser to the clinic office manager in terms of proper patient scheduling (i.e. timing of appointments, length, etc.) and as required back-up to the office manager in receptionist duties. - (Essential)

  • 5% - Additional duties as needed. - (Essential)

Preferred Experience & Additional Skills:

Minimum Experience and Training Requirements: A high school diploma, two years of formal training in an ADA accredited dental assisting course and one year of dental assisting experience OR a high school diploma and three years of dental assisting experience. Certification in Radiation Safety required for positions responsible for dental x-rays.

Physical Requirements: Ability to perform job functions while standing. (Continuous) Ability to perform job functions while sitting. (Infrequent) Ability to perform job functions while walking. (Frequent) Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent) Ability to work indoors. (Continuous) Ability to work from elevated areas. (Infrequent) Ability to work in confined/cramped spaces. (Frequent) Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Infrequent) Ability to bend at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to twist at the waist. (Frequent) Ability to squat and perform job functions. (Infrequent) Ability to perform 'pinching' operations. (Infrequent) Ability to fully use both hands/arms. (Continuous) Ability to perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders. Ability to fully use both legs. (Continuous) Ability to reach in all directions. (Continuous) Possess good finger dexterity. (Continuous) Ability to maintain tactile sensory functions. (Continuous) Ability to maintain good olfactory sensory function. (Continuous) Ability to lift and carry 50# , unassisted. Ability to lift/carry patients to 350# (+/-), assisted. Ability to lift objects from floor level to height of 36 inches, to 50#, unassisted. Ability to lower objects, to 50#, from height of 36 inches, unassisted. Ability to push/pull objects to 350#(+/-), unassisted. Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected. (Continuous) Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous) Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous) Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous) Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous) Good peripheral vision capabilities. (Continuous) Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous) Ability to hear and understand whispered conversations at a distance of 3 feet. Must be ambidextrous. Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous) Ability to be qualified physically (by medical personnel) for respirator use, initially and annually.