Occ. Code 5351201








New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




            Positions classified as Dentist 1 and Dentist 2 provide professional dental care for patients by diagnosing and treating diseases, injuries and malformations of teeth and gums.


            Positions described in this standard are located in clinical settings in several agencies with the greatest number of positions in the Office of Mental Health, Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and the Department of Correctional Services.




            Dentists 1 and 2 are non-supervisory general dental practitioner positions.  Incumbents perform a full range of professional dental duties in connection with the treatment of dental diseases or dental health problems requiring standard corrective restorative or preventive measures.  Dentist 1 positions regularly deal with dental health cases presenting patient behavior and communication problems.  Dentist 2 is the advanced practitioner level requiring two years of professional dentistry experience and completion of at least 150 hours of post-graduate education acceptable to the American Academy of General Dentistry.


            Dentist 3 and Dentist 4 positions function as general dental practitioners and also administer institution dental programs. Such administrative activities are characterized by responsibility for performing employee counseling, consulting on acute dental conditions referred by subordinate dentists, coordinating dental services with other clinical specialties, training staff, preparing budget, and ordering and maintaining dental equipment and supplies.




As a general dental practitioner, incumbents perform the full range of professional dental tasks in connection with the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases, injuries and malfunctions of teeth and gums as prescribed by agency policy and procedures.





Professional dental work includes such activities and tasks as:


Makes examinations of patients’ teeth and surrounding oral structures utilizing x-rays, mouth mirrors and other diagnostic procedures and instruments to determine pathological or irregular conditions.


Treats dental diseases, injuries and malfunctions of teeth and gums.


·      Performs restoration of simple and compound cavities with such materials  as cement and amalgam.


·      Administers local anesthetics via hypodermic syringes.


·      Administers inhalation anesthetics such as nitrous oxide.


·      Performs oral surgery commensurate with professional qualifications.


·      Performs single and multiple extractions of teeth.


·      Cleans teeth by scaling calculus.


·      Treats teeth, mouth and gum infections with appropriate drugs or by surgery.


·      Maintains written records of patients’ dental treatments.


Determines need for dental and prosthetic appliances by studying patients’ mouth to determine the type of restoration required; takes mouth impressions and bite registrations for crowns, jackets, dentures and bridges; tries temporary setups in patients’ mouth and fits and inserts the finished appliances.


Advises patients about dental health practices.


Instructs and directs paraprofessional staff in the performance of auxiliary duties.  May arrange for in-service training for the dental staff.


A Dentist 1 or 2 in charge of the dental program in a small institution may prepare annual budget requests, order dental equipment and supplies, and supervise the regular maintenance of all dental equipment.




            Dentists have close personal contact with the patients under their care receiving professional dental services.  As necessary, incumbents meet and consult with other dentists as well as specialists in other disciplines in planning, coordinating, performing and evaluating the patients’ dental treatments.  Dentists provide instruction to and direct the activities of such paraprofessional positions as Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist who assist incumbents in performing dental treatment procedures.


            Dentists participate in conferences, seminars and formal education programs for the purpose of upgrading their dental skills and learning newly developed dental procedures and techniques.


            A Dentist 1 or 2 as the only dentist in a small institution with responsibility for the dental program, receives professional direction from the department’s dental services director.




            A Dentist 1 or 2 independently performs the predominant portion of the professional work involved under the authority of his or her license.


            Dentist 1 and 2 positions are supervised by higher level dentists who schedule work, resolve work problems, consult on difficult cases and rate work performance.


            Dentists direct the activities and provide instruction to paraprofessional support staff in the examination and treatment of patients.




·      Good knowledge of the modern methods and principles of general dentistry and dental surgery.


·      Good knowledge of oral hygiene and of the prevention and treatment of diseases of the mouth.


·      Working knowledge of the facility’s routines, procedures and policies as they relate to the dental program.


·      Ability to diagnose dental problems and take effective action.


·      Ability to prepare accurate and timely written records and reports.




            Dentist 1


            A license with current registration to practice dentistry in New York State and one year of professional dentistry experience.


            Dentist 2


            One year as Dentist 1 and completion of 150 hours of post-graduate education in professional dentistry, etc. OR two years of professional dentistry experience and completion of continuing education in the amount of 150 hours post-graduate education acceptable to the American Academy of General Dentistry completed within the past three years.



Reviewed:  3/03







NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.