Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, UMKC School of
The School of Dentistry Orthodontics Residency Clinic is seeking a
Senior Dental Assistant to serve the needs of residents, patients
and their families, the residency director, attending faculty, and
other staff. This position is essential to our core instructional
and service missions. The Orthodontics Residency Clinic has
approximately 250 patient visits per week. This Senior Dental
Assistant communicates with patients and their parents/guardians
regarding treatment, actively assists the residents and attending
faculty with direct patient care. Additional responsibilities
include maintaining clinical supplies and equipment, coordinating
with company representatives for donated and purchased supplies,
assembling and maintaining the Material Safety Data book,
coordinating with the Residency Director regarding out-going
external orthodontic laboratory prescriptions, appliances, and fee
charges as well as performing other duties as assigned by the
Office Manager/Residency Coordinator and Residency Director.
Experience in digital dentistry including intraoral scanning, using
digital software, and 3D printing are highly desired.
The Senior Dental Assistant must exercise good judgement based on
previous experience, practices, and precedents to identify and
solve problems that arise in the Residency Clinic in consultation
with the Residency Director, Office Manager/Residency Coordinator
and Departmental attending faculty.
Duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Prepare dental treatment areas through disinfection and
• Prepare, sterilize, disinfect, and maintain dental instruments,
supplies and equipment
• Greeting and seating patients as they arrive
• Actively prepare and assist resident and attending faculty with
all facets of screenings, consults, and orthodontic treatment
• Keep the patient's mouth clean and dry during procedures
• Assist with obtaining needed x-rays (including but not limited to
panoramic, cephalometric and periapical)
• Instruct patients on proper dental hygiene
• Assist in delegated charting within the electronic health
• Maintain proper inventory of supplies stocked at all times
• Answering questions or directing the appropriate questions to the
residents and attending faculty
• Maintaining the highest standards regarding patient safety,
privacy and OHSA protocols
• Assist with digital workflow including coordinating 3D printing,
maintaining printers, and maintaining printer supplies
• Work as part of a staff team and interact well with other staff
team members including Dental Assistants, Office Manager/Residency
Coordinator, Receptionist, Patient Coordinator
• High school diploma or equivalent
• At least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge
and skills can be acquired is necessary
• Certifications as required by regulatory agencies as
- Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) OR
- Pass the Missouri Test of Basic Dental Assisting Skills
• Prefence given to Expended Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) with
• Previous experience with coordinating treatment with clinical
residents and preparing them to work effectively with a dental
• Excellent customer service and communication skills
Full Time/Part Time
40 hours per week (1.0 FTE), benefit-eligible, staff
Up to $19.00 per hour, commensurate with experience, education, and
Review of applications will begin immediately.
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resume, and list of five references with contact information) into
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