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Registered Dental Assistant - Full-Time

Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA Req #1314
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Borrego Health provides high quality, comprehensive, compassionate primary health care to the people in our communities, regardless of their ability to pay. We serve these communities and adjoining regions with respect, dignity and cultural sensitivity as a medical home and safety net for essential health care and social services. Borrego Health is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a Federal Tort Claims Act Deemed (FTCA) facility.

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Location: Desert Hot Springs Health and Wellness Dental Center   
Registered Dental Assistants provide all functions that a Dental Assistant does. In addition, an RDA may perform additional functions, as described below, according to the requirements of the Dental Practice Act of California. The supervising, licensed dentist is responsible for determining whether each procedure performed by an RDA is under general or direct supervision and according to Borrego Health policy. 

Administrative Functions: 
1.All duties that a Dental Assistant is allowed to perform under the Dental Practice Act of California. 
2.Mouth-mirror inspections of the oral cavity including charting of obvious lesions, existing restorations and missing teeth. 
3.Apply and activate bleaching agents using a non-laser light-curing device 
4.Use of automated caries detection devices and materials to gather information for diagnosis by the dentist 
5.Obtain intraoral images for computer-aided design milled restorations 
6.Pulp vitality testing and recording of findings. 
7.Place bases, liners, and bonding agents 
8.Chemically prepare teeth for bonding 
9.Place, adjust and finish direct provisional restorations. 
10.Fabricate, adjust, cement and remove indirect provisional restorations, including stainless steel crowns when used as a provisional restoration. 
11.Place post-extraction dressings after inspection of the surgical site by the supervising licensed dentist. 
12.Place periodontal dressings 
13.Dry endodontic ally treated canals using absorbent paper points 
14.Adjust dentures extra-orally. 
15.Remove excess cement from surfaces of teeth with a hand instrument. 
16.Polish coronal surfaces of the teeth. 
17.Place ligature ties and archwires. 
18.Remove orthodontic bands. 
19.Other responsibilities, as assigned.

The following duties may only be performed by an RDA if he/she has completed a California Dental Board-approved RDA educational program in those duties or he/she has provided evidence to the Board of having completed a Board-approved course in those duties. 
1.Remove excess cement with an ultrasonic scaler from supragingival surfaces of teeth undergoing orthodontic treatment. 
2.The allowable duties of an orthodontic assistant permit holder. 
3.The allowable duties of a dental sedation assistant permit holder. 
4.The application of pit and fissure sealants (only upon completion of a Dental Board- approved course in the application of pit and fissure sealants). 

General Responsibilities: 
1.Complete electronic and/or paper chart entries, as assigned. 
2.Ensure that patient charts are available to the dentist prior to each patient being seated, including provision of a paper chart or pulling up an electronic chart. 
3.Explain procedures to patients. 
4.Pass instruments to the dentist during 4-handed procedures. 
5.For work on mobile dental units, manage start-up functions including turning generators on, securing steps and railings, checking water levels, setting thermostat, checking and completing logs and related activities. 
6.For non-mobile units, fill chemicals, as needed, fill water bottles and add water treatment tablets, flush water lines ensure that sanitation area is clean and organized throughout the day, log and date all instrument sterilization cycles, write sterilization and expiration dates on all bagged instruments, conduct inventory, receive and order supplies, clean operatories between patients 
7.Instruct patients on post-operative care and oral hygiene 


Minimum Qualifications:

1.Graduate of high school or have a GED certificate

2.Graduate of an educational program in registered dental assisting approved by the California Dental Board and satisfactory performance on a written and practical examination administered by the California Dental Board, OR

3.Evidence of at least 15 months as a Dental Assistant in California or another state and satisfactory performance on a written and practical examination administered by the California Dental Board. ”Satisfactory work experience” means the performance of duties specified by the Board in Section 1750.1 of the California Business and Professions Code, and certified by an employing dentist.

4.Provision of having successfully completed Board-approved courses in radiation safety and coronal polishing.

5.For individuals applying for RDA licensure after 1/1/10, must demonstrate satisfactory performance on a written examination in law and ethics administered by the California Dental Board and must provide written evidence of successful completion, within 5 years of application, of:

a.A Board-approved course in the Dental Practice Act

b.A Board-approved course in infection control

c.A course in basic life support offered by an instructor approved by the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. [NOTE: Borrego Health accepts only those classes offered by the American Heart Association.]

6.California Registered Dental Assistant license

7.Completion of a California Dental Board approved course in the application of pit and fissure sealants prior to the first expiration of his/her license that requires completion of continuing education as a condition of renewal

8.Knowledge of how to take vital signs

Additional Information

You may also mail or fax your application and resume to the following address and telephone number:

Borrego Health
PO Box 2369
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Fax: 858-634-6903
Borrego Community Health Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of race, religion, color, sex, pregnancy, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability or any other protected class, political affiliation or belief.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Required Education High School
  • Job Start Date Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA