What is the advantage of using expanded
function dental auxiliaries?
Studies have demonstrated that certain dental procedures generally performed by dentist can be delegated to specially trained dental auxiliaries. These studies also demonstrated that while the number of services provided per dental team increased, the quality of care was not adversely affected when the duties were delegated to trained dental auxiliaries. Auxiliaries with this special training are commonly referred to as expanded function dental auxiliaries (EFDA). Maximum use of EFDAs is encouraged as they are proven to provide quality dental services in a cost effective manner.
Common duties that can be performed by EFDAs are:
What an EFDA is allowed to do varies by state dental practice acts so before employing EFDAs in your practice you must review the dental practice act for your state to determine what procedures are permissible.