General Dentist

Posted: 02/18/2021

POSITION SUMMARY for Dentist:
Working under the supervision of the Chief Dental Officer the staff Dentist provides professional, high-quality dental diagnosis, treatment, and education to a broad range of patients, including children, adolescents and adults.
 
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides hands-on dental care in a variety of settings while achieving the highest levels of appropriateness, quality, efficiency, accessibility and responsiveness.
 
Performance expectations:

  • Provides a full range of general dental services within the dentist’s defined scope of training.
  • Utilizes appropriate diagnostic and treatment techniques.
  • Refers patients to specialists and relevant patient care components as appropriate.
  • Prescribes pharmaceuticals, other medications and treatment regimens as appropriate
  • Directs and coordinates the patient care activities of dental support staff as required.
  • Maintains full appointment schedule.
  • Follows established departmental policies, procedures and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives and safety, environmental and/or infection control standards.
  • Maintains necessary credentialing, licensure and continuing education requirements
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by the Chief Dental Officer.
  • Provide supervision to support staff including dental hygienist.
  • Provide supervision, guidance, and assistance to student dentists on rotation at AHSFHC as assigned. 
  • Complete any necessary evaluations needed for student dentists as designated by the Chief Dental Officer.
Knowledge, Skill and Technical Qualities
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety and infection control standards.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern dentistry and oral surgery.
  • Thorough knowledge of dental terminology and dental science.
  • Thorough understanding of the theories, methods and procedures for the prevention of dental diseases and the required corrective treatment.
  • Knowledge of community-based dental environment.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing and scheduling work assignments.
  • Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of dental evaluations, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements
  • Knowledge of ethical and legal standards for the delivery of dental care
  • Ability to observe, assess and record symptoms, reactions and progress
  • Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical patient care aides and ability to prescribe dosage and instruct patients in correct usage
  • Ability to develop and implement individualized dental care plans for patients 
Behavioral Qualities
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment
  • A team player
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision
  • Responds constructively to pressure situations and time limits
  • Accepts and offers guidance and supervision as appropriate
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings to review team progress in meeting goals for the dental program
  • Places a high value on personal and departmental performance excellence
  • Adheres to office dress code and standards of behavior
  • Maintains patient confidentiality

QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduate of an accredited dental school.
Licensed by the State of Illinois.
Two years of professional experience in dentistry preferred.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL ABILITIES:
Subject to inside environmental conditions.
May experience stressful episodes with dental patients.
Frequently work in a seated position at a desk, frequent bending, frequent walking.
Respond and react immediately to verbal instructions/requests and to auditory signals from equipment and personnel.
Physically close and distance visual activities involving objects, persons, and paperwork, as well as discriminate depth and color perception.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and interpersonal skills.
Typing and computer skills needed to process patient information and to communicate with personnel.