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Dental Assistant II


Under general supervision, perform expanded dental assistant duties, such as taking impressions for study models, mechanical polishing to amalgam restorations, placing matrix and wedge, and fabricating, placing and removing temporary fillings. Instruct students in expanded dental assistant duties, proper utilization of a dental assistant, instrument exchanges and related functions and activities of a dental setting.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description. These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Take impressions for study models and opposing models for bridge work; mechanical polishing to amalgam restorations, clinical crowns and supragingival areas.
  • Place matrix and wedge; remove excess cement, fabricate, place and remove temporary fillings; expose and process dental x-ray film.
  • Give fluoride treatments; teach oral hygiene; remove dry socket dressing and periodontal pak, remove sutures; pack and medicate extraction areas; deliver a sedative drug capsule to patient.
  • Assist in the administration of nitrous-oxide analgesia; placement of retraction cord; select denture shade and mold; acid etch and apply sealants; apply rubber band separations for orthodontic treatment.
  • Assist in the treatment of patients with disabilities and/or patients admitted through the emergency room; visit patients in the hospital to record and make entries in the chart regarding these contracts; take and record vital signs when patients are sedated.
  • Instruct students in the appropriate role of dental assistants in the delivery of patient care; assist in various four-handed techniques, such as anesthetic administration, instrument grasps and transfer and gold foil malleting.
  • Orient new staff and students regarding clinic procedures and policies.
  • May coordinate support activities in a dental clinic, such as arranging and scheduling patient appointments, assigning patients to students, maintaining patient records.
  • Order and maintain inventory of supplies. Take and record vital signs and review health history with patients.
  • May provide information to departments regarding clinic services.
  • May lead the work of Dental Assistants and other support staff.
  • May perform all duties of a Dental Assistant.

Education and Experience

High school diploma or equivalent and three years of relevant experience. Appropriate college course work or vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience

Licensure and Certification

Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) Certification demonstrating the successful completion of training as specified in Chapter 64B5-16, Florida Administrative Code.


Provides supervision to dental assistants and other personnel as appropriate.

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