Dental Assistant


Job Type: Ministerial

Reports to: Dental Director

Position Description

This full-time position includes being responsible for assisting the dentists and hygienists with patient care and aiding in the operational coordination of the St. Teresa of Calcutta Dental Center. 

As a ministerial representative of CCEOK, it is expected that both professional and social behavior be aligned with the ethical and moral standards of the Catholic Church.

Key Tasks 

  • Pray daily for the needs of the poor; opportunities include personal prayer, daily Mass, and/or adoration
  • Timely opening and closing of the clinic in conjunction with the other employees
  • Assure that Dentrix dental records (or charts) are ready for treatment the following day
  • Assure that Dentrix chart is ready for the dental provider in the operatory
  • Have treatment trays ready for patient treatment and extraction clinic
  • Clean and maintain operatories, sinks, and other work areas
  • Disinfect treatment areas, sterilize instruments, monitor weekly spore testing and maintain sterilization log, maintain sterilization equipment, etc.
  • Maintain stock in all operatories
  • Coordinate waste disposal, and coordinate maintenance and repair of dental equipment including the scheduling of service calls
  • Assist dentists, hygienists, and assistants during patient care, as needed, both during the day and Tuesday evenings
  • Lab duties as requested by supervising dentist, including pouring models, preparing cases to send to the dental lab, and keeping the clinic lab tidy
  • In conjunction with other assistants, maintain dental materials inventory noting low stock and needed items with the lead assistant for order with the dental supply representative
  • Maintain and track laboratory invoices and submissions for payment
  • Keep track of work hours and schedule work appropriately
  • Schedule patients’ return appointments and confirm patients for treatment in the clinic, as needed
  • As needed, answer the phone and return or relay voice messages

Key Skills

  • Willingness to learn how to articulate Catholic teaching with a commitment to its application in the job function
  • Dental background with experience as a chair-side assistant
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and responsibilities and meet deadlines
  • Ability to quickly learn and competently utilize Dentrix, digital radiography technology, etc.

Key Attributes

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Catholic Charities
  • Cooperative, reliable, punctual, detailed, organized, self-motivated
  • Willingness to learn new tasks and accept additional responsibilities as necessary
  • Professional and positive team member