Careers At UNM Medical Group

Dental Hygienist - On-Call

Department: Residency Dental
Location: Albuquerque, NM

The Department of Dental Medicine is seeking three highly motivated individuals to work on-call (as needed) as Dental Hygienists. Under general supervision of a Dental Services Dentist, assesses patients at the Novitski Dental Clinic, Residency Clinic, CDS, and other clinics as assigned.  Plans and delivers direct dental care and associated services to special needs patients.  Utilizes established dental hygiene and procedures.

This is a On-Call Position (.25FTE). This position is not benefits eligible.



Under general supervision of a qualified Dentist in an ambulatory care setting, assesses patient needs, and plans and delivers direct dental care and associated services to patients. Utilizes established dental hygiene protocol and procedures.   

Minimum Job Requirements of a Dental Hygienist:

Associate's degree; no previous work experience required. Current licensure as a Dental Hygienist in the State of New Mexico.  Verification of education and licensure will be required if selected for hire.  


Duties and Responsibilities of a Dental Hygienist:

  1. Assesses dental condition and needs of patient; uses patient screening procedures, to include medical history review, dental charting, and perio charting; takes patient vital signs as required.
  2. Delivers direct patient care to patients as assigned, using established dental hygienist procedures; performs routine treatment procedures, such as cleaning, polishing, x-rays, application of sealants and fluorides, and related procedures.
  3. Develops and implements individualized dental care plans for patients; performs patient education, discharge planning, and patient/family teaching under the supervision of a qualified dentist.
  4. Provides chair-side assistance to dentist in the performance of special tests, procedures, and complex treatments.
  5. Makes impressions of patients' teeth for study casts.
  6. Documents dental history or chief complaint; records and reports pertinent observations and patient reactions to dental staff, as appropriate; documents lab procedures and ensures follow up on results.
  7. Assists with or institutes emergency measures for sudden adverse developments during treatment of patients.
  8. Performs patient triage and initiates patient care as appropriate for walk-in patients.
  9. Assists in preparation of patient care areas, and in the patient admission, transfer, and discharge process, as required; prepares reports and assists as required with patient reception, telephone calls, routine triage, and other office duties.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


About UNM Medical Group, Inc.

UNM Medical Group, Inc. (UNMMG) is the practice plan organization for physicians and other medical providers associated with the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNMMG is a New Mexico non-profit corporation and is an equal opportunity employer. UNMMG strives to  mitigate health disparities brought about by technology; we aim to reach underrepresented populations, making healthcare more equitable and accessible for all of the people in New Mexico; we have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as working with broadly diverse communities.


UNMMG offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as tuition assistance, paid leave and 403b retirement for benefits eligible employees.

Notice of Equal Opportunity Employment

We are an equal opportunity employer/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a drug and alcohol free employer.

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