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Orthodontic Certified Dental Assistant

Location: Portland, OR Additional Locations:

Clackamas Dental Offices 10209 SE Sunnyside Rd., 10209 SE Sunnyside Rd., Clackamas,Oregon, 97015
Glisan Dental Offices 10102 NE Glisan, 10102 NE Glisan, Portland,Oregon, 97220
Keizer Station Dental Offices 5910 Ulali Dr., 5910 Ulali Dr., Keizer,Oregon, 97303
Job Number: 873286 Date posted: 03/24/2020

To provide direct patient care to orthodontic patients within a Kaiser Permanente dental office.

Essential Functions:

- Instruct the patient in proper technique of orthodontic oral hygiene, e.g. the use of elastics, separators, face bow and removable appliances and proper tooth brushing technique.

- Perform the following functions provided the dentist is on the premises and checks the patient before and after the functions are performed:

- Remove cement from bands using an ultrasonic or hand scaler.

- Re-cement loose orthodontic bands.

- Take impressions for the following purposes: diagnostic models, counter and opposing models, fabrication of temporary removable orthodontic appliances, and intraoral bite registration for study model articulation.

- Remove any portion of an orthodontic appliance causing a patient discomfort and replace isomeric ligatures in an emergency when the dentist is not on the premises.

- Evaluate each returning patient for loose or broken bands and/or unbonded brackets.

- Place and remove ligature ties for adjustment of arch wires and/or bands.

- Place and remove arch wires.

- Preliminarily select and size bands.

- Place and remove interarch elastics and/or spring orthodontic separators.

- Place bracket on study model and fabricate tray for indirect bonding procedures.

- Photograph patient for intraoral and extraoral diagnosis utilizing appropriate retraction technique and equipment.

- Label and record all models, photographs and x-rays for presentation of case and later retention.

- Properly finish study models consistent with the criteria established by the orthodontist.

- As instructed, trace cephalometric x-rays for diagnostic purposes consistent with criteria established by the orthodontist.

Basic Qualifications: 

- The individual must meet the requirements of A or B:

- A - Complete a dental assisting program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.

- B - Complete a course of instruction in Orthodontic assisting approved by the Board and pass the Basic and Expanded Function Orthodontic Examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB).

- Current Oregon Certificate of Dental Radiological Proficiency upon hire.

- Oregon EFODA (Expanded Functions Orthodontic Dental Assistant) certification within 6 months of hire date.

- Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers within 90 day of hire date.

- Demonstrated competence in four-handed dentistry technique.

- Satisfactory level of knowledge and proficiency in the use of current dental materials, instruments and equipment.

- Demonstrated ability to follow instructions and work effectively under both direct and indirect supervision.

- Well organized and manages time well.

- Demonstrated capacity to work in a fast paced, high performance environment.

- Excellent attendance record.

- Final candidate is required to pass a clinical pre-employment skills test.


Preferred Qualifications:

- Prefer no less than one (1) year of experience as a dental assistant preferred.

- Prefer experience as an orthodontic assistant but willing to train preferred.

- Basic knowledge of sterilization and infection control equipment preferred.

Primary Location: Oregon,Portland,Grand Avenue Dental Offices 1314 NE Grand Ave. Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat Working Hours Start: 7:00 AM / Varies Working Hours End: 6:00 PM / Varies Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Temporary Employee Group/Union Affiliation: SEIU - Local 49 Job Level: Individual Contributor Job Category: Dental Department: Grand Dental - Ortho Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

About Dental Support Careers

Dental Support Careers

Kaiser Permanente Dental is unique to the Northwest and offers many locations in the Portland metro area, Salem, Eugene, Vancouver, and Longview. One of the largest group dental practices in the country, we share an organization-wide commitment to delivering individualized, proactive, and integrated care. Here you will find opportunities for dental support careers, including dental assistants and hygienists.

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