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THE DENTAL TEAM
Dental Assistants are extremely important members of the dental healthcare team
ALL THE EFFORTS OF THE DENTAL TEAM ARE PATIENT CENTERED
The Leader of the dental team is the : DENTIST
What is a Dentist? Someone who’s properly licensed and registered to practice dentistry Graduated of a recognized college or a university The only member of the dental team qualified to make a diagnosis and decide upon appropriate treatment strategies
All other members ot the dental team are called : DENTAL AUXILIARIES
Dental Auxiliary A person who’s trained to give help and support to the dentist
Dental Auxiliaries include: Dental nurse / assistants Dental hygienists Dental therapists/ New Zealand dental nurse Dental laboratory technicians Dental receptionists Dental radiography technicians Dental photographers
The Dental Team WHO 1973
ALL AUXILIARIES WORK UNDER THE DIRECT OR INDIRECT SUPERVISION OF A DENTIST
Operating Auxiliaries The dental hygienist: -Perform oral prophylaxis treatment -Applies fluoride and other tx to the teeth or gum -Perform fissure sealing procedures -Gives preventive advice and education to the pt
Operating Auxiliaries The Dental Therapist (New Zealand type dental nurse) -Extracts deciduous teeth -Fills teeth of children -Applies fluoride to the teeth -Performs fissure sealing procedures -Gives preventive advice & education to the pt
Non-Operating Auxiliaries The Dental Assistant: -Prepares & cares for the operatory -Prepares & cares for instruments, equipment & materials -Mixes materials -Performs “four-handed” instrument exchange and other procedures at the chairside -Cares for the pt’s comfort & safety -Cares for all records & radiograph -Expanded function
Non-Operating Auxiliaries The Dental Receptionist/Booking Clerk: -Maintains the appointment system -Operates the recall system -Organizes the systematic storage & retrieval of records & radiograph - -Receives & cares for the pt before & after the operatory - -Answers telephone & direct inquiries - -Maintains the accounting system & collects money
Non-Operating Auxiliaries The Dental technician: Fabricates in the lab all appliances fixed & removable prescribed by the dentists for the pt
Non-Operating Auxiliaries The Dental Equipment Maintenance Technician: Maintains all equipment in safe working order
The dental assistant must be a team player
The dental assistant responsibilities to the dental team : 1- Should value all members of the dental team 2- Should interact & communicate with all members of the team in a professional yet friendly manner, for the benefit of all including the pt 3- Should be loyal & supportive to all members of the dental team 4- Should try to be a good representative of her team
TEAMWORK (is the key) BY WOKING HAND IN HAND THE DENTAL TEAM WILL BE STRONG & EFFECTIVE
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