One of the most common questions dental assistants ask is, “How do I become an expanded functions dental assistant?” Unfortunately, because every state is different, there is no simple answer. In fact, not all states use the title Expanded Functions Dental Assistant (EFDA).
Believe it or not, there are at least 41 different job titles for dental assistants in the United States! In some states, for example, a dental assistant who performs expanded functions is called an Expanded Duties Dental Assistant. In other states, this assistant may be called a Registered Dental Assistant, Licensed Dental Assistant or Qualified Dental Assistant. Some states have only one level of dental assistant, while other states have up to five levels and job titles. And, every state has different education, exam and experience requirements. No wonder there’s so much confusion!
State of Florida Requirements for New Dental Assistant Formally Trained in Expanded Functions Florida State Rule 466.024 Delegation of duties;
Dental assistants in the state of Florida must have formal training to perform the expanded functions listed in the Practice Act. To earn status to perform expanded functions, one must:
1) Successfully complete a Florida Board-approved expanded duties training program. While the majority of states require dental assistants to be certified, licensed, or registered, many still do not. Those that do require some type of regulation for dental assistants may register or license just one type of dental assistant or they may have various levels of registration, depending on the responsibilities and duties dental assistants in the state are authorized to perform. The bottom line is that it is up to a state’s Board of Dental Examiners to determine which expanded duty functions dental assistants in the state can perform and the training, registration, and/or certification required to do so.
Just a few of the possible job duties of dental assistants that may be regulated in the state in which they work include:
Applying pit and fissure sealants, Applying topical anesthetics, Applying topical fluoride, Taking Alginate impressions, Removing excess filling cement, Placing and removing periodontal dressings, Removing sutures, , Temporary Restorations , Charting ,Matrices , Retraction Cord, Retraction Cord, Fabrication of Crown and Bridge, Radiology.
- (2) With 3 months experience and Complete a course or program administered by or developed by a Florida Board of Dentistry Approved Program.
Radiography Requirements for Certification
To legally operate dental x-ray equipment and perform dental radiographic procedures in Florida, a dental assistant must meet the requirements of either: Graduate from a Florida Board of Dentistry-approved dental assisting school or program or successfully complete at least three months of continuous on-the-job training in the exposing of radiographs under the direct supervision of a Florida-licensed dentist. After direct supervision for 3 months Apply to the FDOH for radiology license.
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