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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 294G
Category: Health Care


Positions in this class are licensed as an Expanded Functions Dental Auxiliary and work under the supervision (as defined in WAC 246-817) of a dentist. Positions assist dentists in the treatment of patients and perform duties as outlined in WAC 246-817-525 and WAC 246-817-545.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions in this job classification work a majority of the time under general supervision of a dentist, whereas a Dental Assistant 1 works under close supervision of a dentist. Dental Assistant 2 places restorations into cavity prepared by dentist, and thereafter carves, contours and adjusts contacts and occlusion of that restoration.

Typical Work

Reviews post operation instructions with patients;

Inserts temporary filings in teeth;

Places and contours filling material, checks bite and makes needed adjustments to teeth;

Performs work of the Dental Assistant 1;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Dental routine, terms, instruments, materials, and procedures; techniques of dental X ray; dental charting; types of sterilization and sterile techniques; record keeping.

Ability to: Operate dental X ray unit; perform expanded dental duties; develop, mount, and file films and plates; make impression for dentures and partial plates; polish and clean dentures; follow written and oral instructions; stand for long periods of time.

Legal Requirement(s)

Requires current active Washington State Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary license.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Two years of experience as a dental assistant or equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class, adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.