Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

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Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA)

Job Description

An Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA) is responsible for assisting the dentist with advanced dental procedures, such as placing and finishing fillings, polishing teeth, and administering local anesthesia. They also assist with patient care, record-keeping, and office management tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assisting the dentist during advanced dental procedures, such as placing and finishing fillings, and polishing teeth.
  2. Preparing dental materials, such as composite resin or dental cement, for use by the dentist.
  3. Administering local anesthesia under the supervision of the dentist.
  4. Taking dental X-rays and developing them for the dentist to review.
  5. Maintaining accurate patient records, including medical history, treatment plans, and progress notes.
  6. Managing office administrative tasks, such as answering phones, scheduling appointments, and managing patient files.
  7. Educating patients on proper oral hygiene practices and post-operative care.
  8. Ordering and maintaining dental supplies and equipment inventory.
  9. Maintaining a clean and organized treatment room and work area.
  10. Providing assistance to the dentist and other members of the dental team as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Completion of a dental assistant training program or on-the-job training.
  3. Knowledge of dental procedures, instruments, and terminology.
  4. Proficiency in sterilization techniques and infection control procedures.
  5. Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  7. Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  8. Computer skills for managing electronic patient records and scheduling appointments.

Certification and Licensure

EFDAs are required to complete additional education and training beyond the basic dental assistant program, and certification may be required in some states. The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) offers certification for EFDAs who have completed an accredited program or have equivalent work experience. Additionally, some states may require licensure or registration with the state dental board.

Job Outlook and Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for dental assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual salary for dental assistants was $41,180 as of May 2020. The salary for EFDAs may be higher due to the additional training and responsibilities required.

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