Dental Assistant

  • Missoula, Montana
  • Jun 04, 2022
Public Health

Job Description


Priority Application Date: March 10, 2022 by 5:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the 'Priority Application Date' will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

  • Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted.
  • Please include with your completed application the following attachments: Cover Letter, a copy of your Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) certification, and BLS certification.
  • Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
Without required Radiation and Safety (RHS) certification, Sterilization Technician at reduced rate of pay may be considered.

Performs dental assistant duties in a dental clinic for Partnership Health Center, satellite dental clinic locations, and the Missoula County Detention Facility.

Representative Examples of Work

Seats patient, reviews medical history, and prepares patient for dental work.

Arranges appropriate dental instruments and materials for patient treatment.

Assists the dentist and dental hygienist in performing needed patient services, including: placing or removing rubber dam, applying topical drugs to patient as prescribed by dentist, placing or removing celluloid, plastic or metallic strips between patients teeth, providing suction/evacuation function as needed.

Assists in taking and developing x-ray films.

Provides appropriate patient education regarding treatment rendered.

Sterilizes, cleans and maintains dental instruments and equipment.

Assists clerical support to schedule patient appointments.

Assists with maintaining dental supply inventories.

Assists with maintaining patient charts, progress notes and records.

Performs related work as required or directed.

Minimum Qualifications

EDUCATION : Requires high school graduation or GED. Completion of a Dental Assistant training program is desired.

EXPERIENCE : None. Experience working as a dental assistant is desired.

Without required Radiation and Safety (RHS) certification, Sterilization Technician at reduced rate of pay may be considered.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS : Requires current Radiation Health and Safety (RHS) certification. Requires a current Healthcare Professional BLS certification or the ability to obtain it within 90 days of hire. Requires immunizations or proof of immunity to certain infectious diseases and a TB test. New employees will be asked to volunteer vaccination status for required vaccines upon hire and will be offered assistance during hiring to receive necessary immunizations. Employees who have not received the vaccines required for their positions or who are unwilling to voluntarily provide vaccination status for required vaccines will receive a reasonable accommodation where such accommodation does not require an undue hardship or endanger the health or safely of any person.

Physical/Environmental Demands

T he work requires lifting of supply boxes in the medium range (up to 30 pounds). The employee may risk exposure to radiation due to taking and developing x-ray films. The employee may risk exposure to biohazards (ex. blood and disinfectant chemicals), and communicable diseases. Work is performed walking or standing much of the time. May work in the Detention Facility, which involves exposure to potentially dangerous persons and situations. May require traveling to satellite clinic locations such as Seeley Lake or Lowell School.

Job Address

Missoula, Montana United States View Map