Dental Assistant


Job Type: Ministerial

Reports to: Dental Director

Position Description

This full-time, fully-benefited 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. The standard weekly hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am to 3pm, Tuesday from 8am to 8pm and Friday from 8am to noon.

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 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