Perform basic supportive dental procedures under the supervision of a licensed dentist.
• Prepare treatment room for patient
• Provides instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area; positioning instruments for dentist’s access; suctioning; passing instruments
• Provides materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient's mouth.
• Provides diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies; pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts
• Expose dental diagnostic x-rays
• Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.
• Ensure operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirement; call for repairs, when necessary
• Fabricates temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
• Makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
Education and Knowledge
• High School Diploma or equivalent required
• Graduate from a California Board-approved RDA educational program
• Require knowledge of dental/office equipment, and dental/medical terminology
• Successfully complete California Board-approved courses in radiation safety and coronal polishing
• Successfully complete California Board-approved courses in the California Dental Practice Act and infection control within five years prior to application for licensure
• Demonstrate knowledge of safety, infection control & emergency policies and procedures
• A minimal of 15 months as a DA
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
Licensure and Certifications
• Licensure as an RDA to the Dental Board of California or Licensure as CDA
• CPR/BLS Certification