Dental Assistant III
Tacoma, WA Dental
Job Type

PUYALLUP TRIBAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, located in Tacoma, Washington is seeking an experienced Dental Assistant to join its dental team.

“It is the mission of the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority to provide quality healthcare and promote wellness in a culturally appropriate manner.”

We offer an outstanding workplace, competitive market based salary, and benefits packages including:

  • Monday – Friday schedule
  • Medical/Dental/Vision benefits – monthly premiums paid 100% for employees
  • 18+ annual paid holidays
  • Generous paid sick and vacation accruals
  • 401(k) with annual profit sharing
  • Life & AD&D insurance coverage
  • PTHA is an approved loan repayment site for various programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Excellent work/home life balance

GENERAL FUNCTION: Provide chair side assistance to dental practitioners using four-handed practices. Provide direct patient care and administrative support to the dental department as necessary.


  • Provide accurate and efficient chair side assistance to dental providers and hygienists using established four-handed practices.
  • Effectively demonstrates knowledge of dental restorative, endodontic and oral surgery practices and procedures and application techniques for crowns and bridges.
  • Accurately performs child and adult prophys, direct patient preventative procedures, OHI, fluorides, sealant application, and rubber dam placement.
  • Able to identify, use and arrange, all dental instruments and prepares procedure tray setups in a timely manner, as needed by dental provider.
  • Assist in the completion of patient dental records by accurately processing digital radiographs/x-rays and following established protocols for patient exposure.
  • Perform triage duties for emergency care situations.
  • Perform orthodontic and/or pediatric assistant work as needed.
  • Performs expanded function duties as assigned by the dental provider, in a knowledgeable and skilled manner, including placement of restorations, temporary crowns and orthodontic treatment.
  • Graduate from a Dental Assistant Program.
  • Five (5) years’ general dental assistant job experience.
  • Two (2) years' experience orthodontia assisting.
  • Certification in amalgam and composite placement.
  • Must obtain Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certification within one (1) year of hire.
  • Experience with electronic health record systems.