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Pennsylvania Department of State Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry
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January 2012 www.dos.state.pa.us

January 27, 2012
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July 27, 2012
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EFDA Utilization

By John E. Definnis, DDS

Please allow me to explain my use of Expanded Function Dental Assistants (EFDAs) and how it evolved in our group practice of five dentists. As a 1968 graduate of dental school, I was anxious to start my own practice and, for the first three or four years, I was only interested in honing my own skills and just needed a good dental assistant. Regardless of our education, on-the-job training is part of a normal learning curve in any profession, and even more so in EFDA training.

Practicing in the early ‘70s in a rural area, a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) was rare, and the term EFDA was non-existent. Our local vo-tech school taught an introductory course in nursing and dental assisting.  Hiring several of these highly-motivated students resulted in some dedicated employees who have been with our practice for more than 20 years.

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EFDA Information
By R. Ivan Lugo, DMD

The dental law requires permanent certification and regulation of the Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA).  The State Board of Dentistry regulates the practice of EFDAs.  The EFDA functions under the direct supervision of the dentist, and works as a part of the dental team providing patient care.  Complaints arising from work delegated to an EFDA may result in disciplinary action taken by the Board not only against the EFDA, but the supervising dentist as well.

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Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649
717.783.7162 | ST-DENTISTRY@state.pa.us
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Modified Date: 03/08/2012 02:45 PM