Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) in Philadelphia, PA at Public Health Management Corporation

Date Posted: 2/19/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Under the supervision of a Dentist, the Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) supports the Dentist in the provision of high-quality care within the scope of service consistent with accepted standards of care for EFDA’s. The EFDA reports to the Dental Office Manager.

Essential Job Functions:

Provides hands-on dental care in a variety of settings while achieving the highest levels of appropriateness, quality, efficiency, accessibility and responsiveness.


  • Prepares and maintains dental instruments, supplies and equipment;
  • Prepares the operatory for the patient visit
  • Seats patient in chair and explains procedures to be performed
  • Collects and records patient health histories
  • Drapes patient with protective linens; sets up instrument tray with required supplies
  • Prepares dental materials, cements, amalgams, composites, impression materials, etc.
  • Takes radiographs using conventional or digital technology and following radiation safety precautions
  • Assists with dental charting
  • Assists in the prevention and management of dental emergencies
  • Manages the patient during dental procedures
  • Provides active chairside assistance; transfers instruments as appropriate for four-handed dentistry
  • Place and contour amalgam and other restorative materials
  • perform coronal polishing
  • perform fluoride treatments, including fluoride varnish
  • Takes impressions for study casts, athletic mouth guards, and custom tray.
  • Performs laboratory procedures, including the pouring and trimming of models; polishing dental prosthetics, and making vac-u-press forms
  • At the conclusion of the procedure, follows proper infection control protocols and prepares the operatory for the next patient
  • Help manage the dental office’s infection control plan to meet all regulatory requirements
  • Monitors and documents the flow of laboratory cases; maintains lab facility
  • Performs, monitors, and records all sterilization activities
  • Maintains proper aseptic techniques necessary with dental equipment; maintains and properly sterilizes instruments
  • Routinely cleans, disinfects, and restocks operatories
  • Helps manage patient flow
  • Maintains the inventory of supplies and reorders as necessary
  • Track and verify invoices
  • Performs duties within the dental program as assigned

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, unpleasant odors and/or loud noises
  • Moderate physical activity. Requires handling average-weight objects up to 15-20 pounds, assisting with patients and standing and/or walking for most the day
  • Will work with blood or blood-borne pathogens and will require OSHA training
  • Work environment involves exposure to potentially dangerous materials and situations that require following extensive safety precautions and may include the use of protective equipment

Knowledge, Skill and Technical Qualities:

  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and/or infection control standards
  • Knowledge of dental terminology and dental science
  • Knowledge of community-based dental environment
  • Knowledge of ethical and legal standards for the delivery of dental care
  • Ability to observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress
  • Ability to work independently and in tandem with a dentist.
  • Maintains and expands current level of dental assistant skill and knowledge by periodically attending continuing education programs.
  • Ability to set up and prepare dental equipment and instrumentation in accordance with established regulations and guidelines

Behavioral Qualities:

  • Able to work effectively at all levels in a collaborative team environment
  • Responds constructively to pressure situations and time limits
  • Places a high value on personal and departmental performance excellence
  • Adheres to office dress code and standards of behavior
  • Maintains patient confidentiality

Education/Licensure Requirements:

  • Current CPR/AED certification
  • Graduate from an EFDA assisting program at a two year college or completion from a state accredited certification EFDA program
  • National DANB Radiation and Safety exam Certificate of Completion
  • State Board of Dentistry EFDA exam Certificate of Completion
  • Minimum of 2 years as a dental assistant preferred

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

  • This position is classified as salaried non-exempt in accordance to FLSA standards.