Senior Dental Assistant

Augusta University

Augusta, GA

Job posting number: #7233106 (Ref:ej-5130376)

Posted: March 25, 2024

Job Description

Senior Dental Assistant

Job ID: 270015
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time


About Us

Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than10,500 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Our mission and values make Augusta University an institution like no other. We are part of the University System of Georgia.


Augusta University -

Our Health Sciences Campus:

1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

Our Summerville Campus:

2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904

College/Department Information

The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University, we provide dental education to the next generation of professionals by offering hands-on education through innovative research, patient care, and service. Join other dental providers to improve the oral health of Georgia and beyond. The DCG was founded to provide the people of Georgia with quality dental care by educating students in dentistry. As a patient, you have the option to receive treatment in one of our three different practice models consisting of student clinics, resident care, or in the faculty practice. All dental treatments can be completed by the specialists in our facility. We also serve patients in more than 20 clinics across Georgia.

Job Summary

The Senior Dental Assistant performs extra-oral chair-side assisting duties in all phases of disciplines of dentistry in the Dental Associates clinic including emergency dentistry, restorative, pediatric, orthodontic, prosthodontics, endodontic, oral surgery, implant surgeries and periodontics assisting. Other related work will also be required, which includes but is not limited to preventive and daily maintenance of dental operatory and equipment, clerical assignments, radiological and receptionist responsibilities. Performs dental laboratory duties, including but not limited to pouring and trimming molds and fabricating bleaching trays, mouth guards, splints, and night guards. Serves as a liaison for patients, staff, students, residents, and faculty within the Dental College. Working in a high-volume, fast-paced environment involving many different procedures in multiple dentistry disciplines.


The duties include, but are not limited to:

CHAIR SIDE ASSISTANCE: Assist dental students, residents and /or faculty at chair side as anticipated or required in all phases of dentistry utilizing techniques for 4 handed dentistry. Place matrix bands & wedges; Keeps area of operation clear using high speed evacuator, suction tip and irrigation, retracts tissue, tongue and cheek; Maintains aseptic condition and stabilizes tissue in surgical procedures; Itch, prime, bond for composite; CPD & FPO framework try-in; Cementation of crown & bridge; Place retraction cord; Assists with border molds; Implant Surgeries; Polish comal portion of the tooth; Place packing for dry socket; Hybrid dentures; Fabricate crowns and clean Provisionals after cementation; Follow all published guidelines regarding personal protective gear and clinical infection control protocol, i.e. Aware of the MSDS sheets handle and dispose of hazardous materials.

INSTRUMENTS & INSTRUCTION: Cleaning packing and maintaining instruments and equipment required, including sending to and retrieving from central sterilization as needed for daily production. Ensure all implant kits (surgical and restorative) are complete and in good working order. Prepares sterile trays for surgical procedures. Exercises skill in motivating the patient to engage in preventive dental care practices by providing instruction including demonstrations in brushing and flossing techniques, explaining the common causes of tooth decay. Answers questions for clear understanding of treatment

LABORATORY DUTIES: Laboratory duties pouring prosthodontic models from impressions: cleaning and trimming models, boxing, and waxing impressions; constructing custom impression trays, night guards, mouth guards, bleaching trays, polishing denture, and prosthodontic appliances, and making bite rims. Also, take face bows and mount cast with face bow to obtain proper occlusion for cast restorations and reline dentures with hard and soft materials.

RADIOGRAPHY: Performs full range of dental radiography work. Operates dental x-ray equipment to include taking routine and specialized radiographs as requested. Take panorex, periapical occlusal, lateral, jaw and extra-oral radiographs as required. Develops and mounts radiographs into patient electronic recording Axium. Communicates with patients explaining the purpose of procedure and answers any concerns regarding dental radiographs.

MOORE CLINIC: Required to be lead dental assistant for the Moore Clinic

PRN (pro re nata 'as the thing is needed.')

- Charts findings into software system as recorded by dentist and updates medical health histories. Assist in appointing patients for follow-up care. Assist in other department areas as needed. Assist with fabricating select items for various pre-clinical courses.

- Follow all published guidelines regarding personal protective gear and clinical infection control protocol established by federal, state, Augusta University or Dental College of Georgia policies. This includes but is not limited to proper disposal of syringes, needles, scalpel blades, proper handling of contaminated items and proper disposal of hazardous materials.

Provide dental assisting services to as needed with Health Fairs both on campus and off campus. This may be assisting faculty with screenings or providing educational materials to participants, answering questions, and promoting the Dental College.

Follow the organization's incident reporting protocol in case of medical emergency. Be prepared to perform certain procedures until professional help is available.

- Preparing operatory for treatment. Laying out correct instruments & specific materials as required for procedure, seats & drapes patient, explain to patient treatment procedures to be done, mixes material for impression & restoration, or assembling syringes for anesthesia. May require setting up operatory for surgery ensuring all fields are appropriately draped creating a sterile environment. Assist in other specialty areas when needed as work schedule allows.

Provide dental assisting services to off-campus sites where dental education/ services are performed by the Dental College of Georgia/Augusta University as needed. This requires personal transportation to and from these sites with mileage reimbursement.

Required to work ADEX (CRDTS) and Mock boards, as well as other special board certification exercises, throughout the year as needed. This can involve weekend work.

OTHER DUTIES: Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

High School Diploma, GED or equivalent from a recognized state or federal accrediting organization with two years of related experience.


Certified Dental Assistant and/or Associate's degree from an accredited college or university with one year of experience in dentistry


One year experience as a Dental Assistant at the Dental College of Georgia.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with dental knowledge.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with dental knowledge, graduation from a Certified Dental Assisting program, CPR certified and Intraoral Radiographic Certification; 2 years' experience in dental assisting in a general dentistry practice, to include previous experience mixing dental materials, taking x-rays, chair side dental assisting skills/knowledge in multiple dental disciplines such as operative, crown and bridge, removable prosthodontics, periodontics, endodontics, surgery and pediatric dentistry.

1.) CPR Certified
2.) Training with radiological safety
3.) Proficient in understanding and speaking Spanish in a clinical setting
4.) Must be a certified Dental Surgical Anesthesia Assistant or obtain certification as a dental surgical anesthesia assistant within the first year of employment.
5.) A minimum of two years' previous experience as a dental assistant to include previous experience mixing dental materials, taking x-rays, chair side assisting skills/knowledge in multiple dental disciplines (Prosthodontic, Oral Surgery, Esthetic, Endodontic, Pediatric, Orthodontic or Periodontics assisting)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities


Proficient in Microsoft Office and other computer software/databases

Knowledge of dental instruments, infection control protocols, equipment, material, and methods
Knowledge of 4 handed dental procedures and chair side dental assisting skills.

Knowledge to seek advice and supervision when required.


Excellent verbal/written communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills

Detailed and team oriented.

Prioritize tasks, complete work, and meet deadlines.

Ability to effectively interact with dental assistants, students, faculty, and staff.

Good manual dexterity and the ability to lift, push and pull up to 50 pounds.

Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Ability to learn sterilization principles, procedures, equipment, and patient management software.


Conditions of Employment

All selected candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during their employment and beyond.

Other Information

Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicant from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply

Consider applying with us today!

Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university.

Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee.

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