Registered Dental Assistant

Website La Maestra Community Health center

Job Title:         Registered Dental Assistant

Reports To:     Dental Coordinator

Job Status:        Non-Exempt



Performs chair side supportive procedures and general office procedures under the supervision of a Dentist.


Under general supervision of a Dentist, the Registered Dental Assistant may perform the following duties:

  • Assist the DDS/DMD with patient care, by providing and explaining the dentist’s instructions
  • Assure proper operation and maintenance of equipment by performing inspections, ordering service, and periodic maintenance.
  • Extra oral duties or functions specified by the supervising DDS/DMD.
  • Take X-rays (proper certification required)
  • Apply topical fluoride, after scaling and polishing by the supervising DDS/DMD
  • Remove post-extraction and periodontal dressings
  • Place and remove rubber dams
  • Place, wedge, and remove matrices
  • Maintain CPR Certification
  • Maintain inventory and order supplies

In addition to the duties outlined above, under general supervision a Registered Dental Assistant may perform the following:

  • Mouth mirror inspection of the oral cavity, charting of obvious lesions, existing restorations, and missing teeth
  • Placement and removal of temporary sedative dressings
  • Obtain endodontic cultures
  • Dry canals, previously opened by supervising DDS/DMD with absorbent points
  • Test pulp vitality and record findings
  • Place bases and liners on sound dentine
  • Remove excess cement from supragingival surfaces of teeth with hand instrument of floss
  • Size stainless steel crowns, temporary crowns, and bands
  • Temporary cementation and removal of temporary crowns and removal of orthodontic bands
  • Placement of post extraction and periodontal dressings after inspection of the surgical site by the supervising licensed dentist
  • Coronal polishing. A licensed DDS/DMD or RDA shall determine that the teeth to be polished are free from calculus or other extraneous material prior to coronal polishing
  • Removal of excess cement with an ultrasonic scaler from coronal surface of teeth under ortho treatment (only upon completion of board approved course)
  • Maintain effective communication and working relationships with other employees and patients


Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Attend staff meetings
  2. Performs other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

Education:  High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent

Certification:  Current valid CA Registered Dental Assistant License, current valid CRP Certification; Coronal Polishing Certification (preferred)

Experience:  1-2 years’ experience in a dental office as an RDA preferred


Verbal and Written Skills to perform the job:  Bilingual preferred. Familiarity with basic word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.  Accurate keyboarding skills.

Technical knowledge and skills required to perform the job:  Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and the demonstrated ability to work with diverse individuals and groups.  Demonstrate high levels of self-initiation and direction. Knowledge of communities we serve. Knowledge and experience working in medical settings and interacting collaboratively with medical teams.  Skill in analyzing situations and making timely decisions.


Physical and Mental Requirements:  Work involves sitting, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reaching with hands and arms. The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 20 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


General Requirements

Pre-employment requirements include I-9 verification, physical examination, positive background and reference check results, completed employment application, new hire orientation attendance.


OSHA Compliance

  1. Comply with all regulations and required schedules regarding OSHA training.

Employee Physical Compliance

  1. Required physical to be performed annually.


Pay Range: $24.00 to 34.00 per hour, depends on experience (DOE)



La Maestra Community Health Centers is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability or any other legally protected status.

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