Requisition Number: FAMPR-DENAS-H-02-2021-02
Job Title: Dental Assistant
City: Philadelphia
State: PA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 3
Salary Range: $15.00- $20.00

Dental Assistant

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Description/Job Summary

The Dental Assistant supports dental care delivery by preparing treatment rooms, patients, instruments, and materials to provide quality care. In addition, Dental Assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties, and provide chair-side assistance to dentists during exams. 

Team members are expected uphold the health center mission by assuring that patients receive health care that is competent, caring, and meets with a high degree of satisfaction. In addition, staff must support FPCN's commitment to the creation of a trauma-informed system of care that continually recognizes and responds to the impact of traumatic stress on all those who have contact with the organization, including children, adults, families, caregivers, and staff.

Responsibilities/Duties

1.    Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies (materials, cement, amalgam, composite, impression), and equipment
2.    Assemble instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area, positioning instruments for dentist’s access, suctioning, and passing instruments
3.    Collects and records patient health information thoroughly in the electronic health record (Centricity) regarding all treatment plans and procedures completed
4.    Manage patients and educate on all procedures during dental procedure/treatment
5.    Perform medical history update, blood pressure reading and x-rays as determined by the dentist
6.    Maintains dental supplies inventory; confirms clinic schedule in conjunction with front desk.
7.    Print x-rays as needed as well as periodontal and full mouth charting from electronic health record for Endo, Crowns, Removable Prosthetics and scaling/root planning’s for insurance preauthorization and billing for treatment completed.
8.    Complete lab work on time (models, trays, occlusal rims), as well as coordinating outgoing and incoming lab cases, assuring that lab slips and return dates are correct, and calling labs for pickups
9.    Flush water lines daily and perform DUWL disinfection procedures weekly

Rotation on the following duties: 

  • Autoclave maintenance 
  • Perform and document spore test for autoclaves
  • Static sterilizer maintenance 
  • Distilled Water maintenance 
  • Lab upkeep 
  • Main Trap in Compressor Room-monthly 
  • Replace plaster Trap -when full 
  • Check Oxygen tanks weekly 

Required Experience

  • Three years of experience as a Dental Assistant is preferred

Required Education

  • High school diploma
  • Must have graduated from an accredited Dental Assistant program

Required Qualifications


  • Certified Dental Assistant preferred with X-ray certification
  • Must have current CPR certification and Hep B Vaccination
  • Be fully trained and competent in digital x-ray and electronic health record software programs (Centricity)
  • Must comply with all OSHA and CDC requirements
  • A team player with excellent attitude and extremely patient friendly

Program Summary

Family Practice and Counseling Network, a program of Resources for Human Development, is a network of community health centers providing comprehensive primary care, dental and behavioral health services. The Network consists of four health centers in Philadelphia – Abbottsford-Falls Family Practice & Counseling in the Northwest, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University in the North, the Health Annex in the Southwest, and Annex West Philly housed in Action Wellness (formerly Action AIDS); and a convenient care clinic in Philadelphia – Fast Family Care. Today the Network serves more than 23,000 patients annually and is an NCQA certified Patient-Centered Medical Home.

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Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.