Basic Job Description
Dental Specialists are essential members of the Army dental care team. They assist Army dentists in the examination and treatment of patients, as well as help manage dental offices. The Dental Specialist is primarily responsible for assisting Army dentists in the examination and treatment of patients, while also helping to manage dental offices.
Duties performed by Soldiers in this MOS include:
Receives and seats patients. Prepares dental operatory, selects and arranges instruments, measures and records temperature, blood pressure and pulse, and assists dentist during patient exams. Assists with administration of anesthesia and in placement and removal of sutures. Prepares restorative and impression materials. Performs Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and operates resuscitative equipment. Disposes of contaminated waste. Dental radiography. Loads and unloads radiographic film cassettes, protects self and patient from excessive ionizing radiation exposure, exposes bitewing, periapical, occlusal film, panoramic radiographic darkroom procedures. Administration, supply, and maintenance. Schedules appointments, retrieves, files, and maintains dental records. Receives, stores, packs, unpacks and safeguards dental supplies and equipment. Performs preventive maintenance on dental equipment. Sets up, maintains, disassembles and packs dental field equipment shelters.
Assists dental officer in prevention, examination, and treatment of diseases of teeth and oral region. Orders, receives and issues dental supplies and equipment. Assists and advises subordinate personnel on supply economy procedures. Supervises the packing, unpacking, loading setting up and storage of dental unit field equipment and shelters. Assists in presentation of training programs. Prepares the site for field dental treatment facilities. Assists with technical and administrative management of dental treatment facilities under the supervision of a dental noncommissioned officer.
Job training for a dental specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 30 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practicing dental care tasks. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are: Preventive dentistry, dental office procedures, fadiology (X-ray) techniques and dental hygiene procedures.
ASVAB Score Required: 91 in aptitude area ST
Security Clearance: None
Strength Requirement: moderately heavy
Physical Profile Requirement: 222221
- Normal color vision required
Similar Civilian Occupations
- Dental Assistants
- Dental Hygienists
- Dental Laboratory Technicians