MOS 68E Dental Specialist Duty Descriptions

68E20 Oral Surgery Assistant

Serves as an oral and maxillofacial surgery assistant for the 214th Surgical Detachment. Assists the surgeon with all chairside procedures, including operatory setup, anesthesia administration, and cleanup. Prepares and sterilizes surgical instruments, materials, and equipment following infection control and biohazard protocols. Provides patients with information on oral health care, treatment plans, and postoperative outcomes. Supervises the daily maintenance, readiness, and accountability of medical equipment valued at over $57,000.

68EX2 Preventive Dentistry Specialist

As a Preventive Dentistry Specialist, examines patients’ teeth and gums, documenting the presence of diseases or abnormalities. Removes soft and hard deposits from teeth and educates patients on practicing good oral hygiene. Provides preventive dental care and applies cavity-preventive agents like fluorides and pit and fissure sealants. Takes and develops dental x-rays to aid in diagnosis. Plays a crucial role in promoting oral health and preventing dental diseases.

68EN5 Dental Laboratory Technician

Performs various procedures in the fabrication and repair of removable and fixed dental prosthodontic appliances. This includes fabricating precision appliances, orthodontic, pedodontic, periodontic, and surgical appliances. Assists in the fabrication of maxillofacial appliances. Manages the operational maintenance of laboratory equipment and ensures the timely ordering and receipt of supplies. Plays a vital role in the production of dental prosthetics to meet patients’ needs.

Squad Leader

Serves as the squad leader for the Area Support Platoon in an MTOE Dental Company (Area Support). Supervises and trains three Soldiers in the operation of dental equipment. Provides counseling and mentorship to Soldiers, focusing on career progression. Takes a keen interest in the health, welfare, and morale of Soldiers under supervision. Ensures compliance with unit maintenance program policies and guidelines. Conducts inventories to identify shortages and deficiencies of dental equipment and vehicles valued at $350,000, maintaining 100% readiness for the unit mission.

68E20 Dental Specialist

Supervises the set-up of field dental clinics and assists in four-handed dentistry, covering various procedures such as exams, endodontics, oral surgery, extractions, and restorative procedures. Performs instrument sterilization, dental radiography, patient charting, and records management. Efficiently manages patient flow and scheduling of appointments to ensure timely dental care delivery.


Supervises the activities of the dental team in a dental facility, providing technical guidance and support. Determines personnel requirements, establishes work priorities, organizes work schedules, and assigns duties to subordinates. Instructs subordinates in work techniques and procedures and evaluates their performance. Conducts counseling sessions, prepares evaluation reports, and generates administrative, technical, patient, and manpower reports as required.

68E20 Dental Specialist

Serves as a Dental Specialist in a brigade support battalion medical company, supporting the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Provides Echelon II combat dental health support for Forward Operating Base Fenty, catering to a diverse population of 3,500 Soldiers, coalition forces, Afghan National Army, and civilian contractors. Directly responsible for the health, welfare, morale, and combat readiness of two Soldiers. Supervises the daily maintenance, readiness, and accountability of medical equipment valued at over $900,000.

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