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Dentist - General

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Posted: 01/06/2023 Job Number: 940703

Job Description

General Dentist

Department: Dental                                                       

Reports to: Clinic Dental Director

FLSA Status: Exempt/Salary                                            


Our FQHC's dentists provide high-quality dental care in accordance with national guidelines to all our patients in a culturally competent manner. The FQHC dentists strive to provide dental care consistent with our mission statement. Our dentist is a strong leader who treats all staff with respect and supports teamwork and a positive work environment.


Our dentists examine and treat members of the family, regardless of age or sex; ensure proper dental care and disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery; diagnosis and treatment of injuries and malformations of teeth, gums, and related oral structures; examines patients to assess condition, utilizing x-rays, dental instruments, and other diagnostic procedures; cleans, fills, extracts, and replaces teeth; provides preventative dental services to patients and education in oral and dental hygiene; requests necessary tests and follow-up visits and refers patients to specialists, as necessary.


Risk Management:

0-1 medical professional liability claims with indemnity settlements in professional history.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completion of ADA accredited dental program required: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). 
  • Active Idaho dental license.
  • BLS certification required. 
  • Certification through Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Valid Idaho licenses required
  • Must be able to secure credentialing through identified agencies
  • Effective oral and written communication skills required
  • Previous experience working with under-served population desired.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within dentistry.
  • Able to work independently, but also within a group, contributing to the efforts of the entire team. 
  • Able to effectively manage and direct dental staff support activities while providing quality dental care.
  • Able to receive detailed information through oral communications; express or exchange ideas by verbal communications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications, listening, and social skills.
  • Able to work with frequent interruptions and to respond appropriately to unexpected situations.  
  • Able to interact effectively with people of varied educational, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds, skill levels, and value systems.
  • A wide degree of creativity and latitude is expected. 
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.


Duties and Responsibilities:
  1. Schedule dental care visits per agreed-upon FTE status.
  2. Ability to see 15-20 patients per clinical day.
  3. Perform clinical services such as restorative, surgical, various preventative, and restorative services as directed by the Chief Medical Director or Dental Director.
  4. Understand and follow infection control procedures.
  5. Review medical histories at each visit; consult with primary health care provider as indicated.
  6. Diagnose dental disease, oral pathology, and develop a written treatment plan, prioritizing treatments.
  7. Chart all pathologic conditions and report findings to the patient (caregiver or guardian).
  8. Explain the course of treatment to the patient; solicit his/her input and agreement.
  9. Balance treatment plan on patient’s needs and desires, and in conjunction with patient and clinic resources.
  10. Ensure all prescriptions and advice regarding medications are in accordance with accepted community standards and protocols.
  11. Recommend dental equipment changes and additions.
  12. Participate in the development and implementation of provider productivity standards.
  13. Attend and participate in staff meetings and in-service training.
  14. Represent our FQHC at conferences, meetings, and continuing education programs.
  15. Participate in precepting dental assisting students, dental hygiene students, and dental students as required.
  16. Promotes positive interpersonal relationships with fellow employees, physicians, and patients.
  17. Ensures confidentiality of patient information.
  18. Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of this position.
  19. Attends all monthly staff meetings and other meetings as requested.
  20. Participates in QA/QI activities.
  21. Perform other duties as assigned or indicated.
  22. Attends all staff meetings. 
  23. Participates in QA or other committees to promote better practice within the health centers. 
  24. Role models strong leadership skills and promotes teamwork. 
  25. Follows all clinical protocols and procedures as outlined in the Provider Handbook.
  26. Actively supports the decision-making of the Senior Management team. Performs other duties as requested.


Our FQHC enforces a safety culture whereby all employees have the responsibility for continuously developing and maintaining a safe working environment. Each employee is responsible for completing all training requirements, participating in emergency response tasks as requested, and serving on safety committees and teams as requested. In addition, employees must accept the responsibility for maintaining the safety of themselves and others by adhering to all written and verbal instructions, promptly reporting and/or correcting all hazards or unsafe conditions and providing feedback to supervisors and management on all safety issues.


Physical/Mental Requirements:
  • Required to stand, sit, and be mobile one-third to two-thirds of the time. They are required to use hands to finger, handle or feel over two-thirds of the time; while reaching with hands and arms occurs one-third of the day. Climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, or crouching occur less than one-third of the time. Communicating by talking/hearing occurs over two-thirds of the day. The amount of time spent lifting or exerting force is about 50% for up to 10 pounds and less than one-third of the time up to 25 – 40 pounds. Rarely is there a need to lift more than 41 pounds. Must be able to manage efficient keyboard use, hear, see, speak and read. 
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Ability to solve complex practical problems
  • Positive interpersonal, communication & persuasion skills over the phone, computer & in person
  • Must be able to simultaneously manage several objectives and assign priorities
  • Deal with a wide variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written or oral form
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines with a strong organizational skill set for easy retrieval of information and to ensure competent closure of issues
  • Ability to work overtime as needed, maintain alertness & meet the controlled substance policy.
  • Good judgment and sound decision making and conflict management skills to inspire confidence from the customer
  • Manage complex analysis and use deductive reasoning


Working Conditions:

Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment in a clinic. Work may be demanding and chaotic at times. Exposed to a patient population that will present a variety of contagious diseases, physical injuries, and emotional states of mind.

Meet Your Recruiter

Kevin Jackson
Director of Oral Health Recruitment

Originally from Flint, Michigan, Kevin served in the US Army as a Military Police officer. After being discharged as a disabled veteran, Kevin returned to Michigan and obtained a degree in Criminal Justice. He then worked in the healthcare field for 13 years in fields including; EMS, ED and Private Practice. He also taught both clinical and administrative courses at two colleges in the Portland Metropolitan Area.

Kevin made a move from podium to recruiting in 2007 to assist professionals obtain and advance their careers and recognize their dreams. He has over 5 years’ experience in motivating recruitment teams to achieve excellence and process discipline, resulting in successful outcomes for both candidates and employers.

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