Dental Assistant - Full-Time

Nuevo, CA 92567, USA Req #1394
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
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Location: Jay Hoffman Health Center


Dental assistants provide patient care and x-rays under general or direct supervision of a licensed supervising dentist, according to the requirements of the Dental Practice Act of California. This position also handles front office duties, as assigned.


Under general supervision of a licensed dentist:

1. Basic supportive dental procedures, as defined by the Dental Practice Act of California: “Those procedures that have technically elementary characteristics, are completely reversible, and are unlikely to precipitate potentially hazardous conditions for the patient being treated.”

2. Per the Dental Practice Act, a Dental Assistant may perform the following activities under the general supervision of a supervising, licensed dentist:

a.Extra-oral duties or procedures specified by the supervising, licensed dentist provided these duties meet the definition of basic supportive procedures described above.

b.Operate dental radiography equipment for the purpose of oral radiography if the Dental Assistant has passed a course, approved by the Board, in radiation safety, which includes theory and clinical application in radiographic technique.

c.Perform intraoral and extraoral photography

Under direct supervision of a licensed dentist:

1. Apply nonaerosol or noncaustic topical agents

2. Apply topical fluoride

3. Take intraoral impressions for all nonprosthodontic appliances

4. Take facebow transfers and bite registrations

5. Place and remove rubber dams and other isolation devices

6. Place, wedge and remove matrices for restorative procedures

7. Remove postextraction dressings after inspection of the surgical site by the supervising, licensed dentist

8. Perform measurements for the purpose of orthodontic treatment

9. Cure restorative or orthodontic materials in operative site with a light-curing device

10. Examine orthodontic appliances

11. Place and remove orthodontic separators

12. Remove ligature ties and archwires

13. After adjustment by the dentist, examine and seat removable orthodontic appliances and deliver care instructions to the patient

14. Remove periodontal dressings

15. Remove sutures after inspection of the site by the dentist

16. Place patient monitoring sensors

When in a school-based setting or a public health program created or administered by a federal, state, county or local governmental agency, a dental assistant may apply topical fluoride under the general direction of a licensed dentist or physician.

General Duties include:

1. Preparation of the operatory for patient care including cleaning the room, preparing the correct instrument tray, and anesthesia set-ups, as required, depending on the treatment to be provided

2. Cleaning, labeling and autoclaving dental instruments

3. Greeting patients, escorting them to the operatory, taking vital signs, and seating the patient.


Minimum Qualifications:

1. Graduate of approved high school or GED equivalent

2. Dental Assistant certificate

3. One or more years’ experience as a Dental Assistant, strongly preferred

4. Fully bilingual in Spanish/English 

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
  • Nuevo, CA 92567, USA