Dentistry is an ever expanding industry; new technology and modern practices call for additional help from dental staff. A Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) can choose to further her education by pursuing increased certification. An Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (“EFDA” for short) is able to complete advanced intra-oral procedures that include the placement of preventive and restorative materials (fillings). This not only enables the dentist to treat patients efficiently but also allows them more time for complicated procedures and flexibility for accepting emergency and new patients. After receiving the appropriate training and certification, a registered EFDA in Ohio is permitted to place fillings under dentist’s supervision. The procedure begins by the dentist removing the decayed portion of the tooth. Next, the EFDA is able to place the appropriate restorative material. This is followed by the adjustments and polishing of the restoration by the EFDA. Finally, the dentist will check that the restoration is of the highest standard before the patient is dismissed. Placing fillings and sealants, polishing teeth and fabricating temporary crowns are several of the most common duties for an EFDA.
Brunswick Smile Keepers would like to announce that one of our very own dental assistants, Elise, will be completing her EFDA training at our office under the direct guidance of Dr. Gaebelein and Dr. Doty. We hope that with the addition of a dual trained EFDA/Certified Dental Assistant, our practice will be able to serve more patients with the highest quality dental care.
This article was written by Courtney