There is strong evidence that allied dental personnel increase productivity of dental offices and clinics. In 2010, via AB 2637, California Registered Dental Assistants in Extended Functions (RDAEF) received additional restorative functions, allowable under the direct supervision of a dentist. These functions include:
Conduct preliminary evaluation of the patient’s oral health, including (but not limited to) charting, intraoral and extra-oral evaluation of soft tissue, classifying occlusion, and myofunctional evaluation.
Perform oral health assessments in school-based, community health project settings under the direction of a dentist, registered dental hygienist, or registered dental hygienist in alternative practice.
One viable alternative for increasing production and controlling office overhead while maintaining quality of care – is the utilization of the RDAEF2 in practice. There are currently only 1,756 licensed RDAEFs in the entire state of California. There are 34,619 licensed DDS in California. Each dentist can employ three (3) RDAEFs in practice. During the course, you will hear from dentists who are utilizing RDAEFs in practice and they will share the impact the RDAEF has had on their practice.
The purpose of this course is to provide an in-depth knowledge of the Loma Linda University RDAEF program and details of the extensive training that the students receive. You will have an opportunity to see the quality of work that these students have produced.
At the end of the course, dentists will be informed on how to evaluate the direct restorations placed by the RDAEFs in their practice.