Sault Tribe
  • - Health
  • Manistique , MI, USA
  • 19.366
  • Hourly
  • Full Time


The Dental Assistant – Intermediate, under the direction of the Dental Director or Chief Solo Dentist, is responsible for performing chair-side duties in all phases of dentistry (restorative, prosthodontic, surgery, endodontic, and periodontic).  The position is responsible for performing a variety of record-keeping, filing, and clinical maintenance duties on dental equipment such as autoclaves and handpieces. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

  • Welcomes and seats patients, takes vitals and helps arrange follow-up care.                 
  • Performs initial patient assessments.
  • Operates dental x-ray equipment: takes, develops, and mounts x-rays.                                                  
  • Provides pre-treatment patient education and relays post-treatment instructions.                                  
  • Provides preventive dental services (sealants, nutritional counseling, and toothbrush instructions) at the direction of the dentist.                                                                            
  • Takes preliminary impressions and completes laboratory work (pour/trim models).                             
  • Maintains and sterilizes dental equipment.          
  • Prepares for delivery and retrieves for placement dental laboratory work.                                
  • Retrieves and stores dental records.
  • Follow infection control protocols and procedures.                                                                    
  • Stocks and disposes of dental materials.                                                                          

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES: (includes, but is not limited to, the following)

  •  Assists with oral health education for patients.                                                                           
  • Assists in the recording/charting of dental information within Dentrix.                                                 
  • Assists with training for Dental Assistant Trainee.
  • All other job-related duties as assigned.


Immediate peers, peers in other departments, immediate supervisor/manager, managers in other departments, customers/patients, and outside vendors/service providers.


Position medium with the lifting of 50 pounds maximum and frequent lifting/carrying up to 25 pounds. Physical factors include constant manual handling, use of hearing, near/midrange/far vision, depth perception, color/field of vision; frequent standing, walking, sitting, reaching, bending; occasional pushing/pulling, climbing, stooping, kneeling, and typing. Working conditions include frequent exposure to noise and vibration and occasional exposure to air quality. Potential hazards include constant infectious exposure, patient contact, and dental equipment use; frequent exposure to chemicals, needles/syringes, computer, and equipment use; occasional exposure to moving mechanical parts and electric shock Personal protection equipment provided by the employer includes items such as but not limited to, gloves, gowns, laboratory coats, face shields, masks, eye protection, mouthpieces, resuscitation bags, pockets masks, ventilation devices, and other equipment as needed. Immunizations including Hepatitis B vaccination series will be offered to a team member at no cost.


Education: High School diploma or equivalent preferred.

Experience: Minimum of 1 year of dental assisting experience required.

Certification/License: Will be required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Must maintain a good moral character standing. Will be required to complete and pass pre-employment drug testing.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must be able to demonstrate competency in all areas of dental assisting. Must have a working knowledge of dental assisting. Must have a working knowledge of dental equipment/instruments. Must be able to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a diverse range of audiences and settings. Must have excellent public relations/customer service skills and be able to exhibit a friendly and positive attitude. Must be able to establish and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supervisors, and clients.  Must have working knowledge and be able to use word processing and spreadsheet and database software.  Must maintain confidentiality. Native American preferred

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