Practice of dentistry and related occupations is governed by the Alabama Dental Practice Act. (Full Text Here)
The following has been excerpted from the Alabama Dental Practice Act, and was published by the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama, and was last updated August 2013. The relevant section for expanded duty dental assistants reads as follows:
§ 34-9-26. Examination, qualifications, licensing, etc., of dental hygienists and expanded duty dental assistants.
(a) Excluded, relates to dental hygienists
(b) No person shall practice as an expanded duty dental assistant in this state until such person has passed an examination given by the board or approved by the board, or both, under rules and regulation as the board may promulgate and the payment of a fee. The board shall issue licenses and license certificates as expanded duty dental assistants to those persons who have passed the examination and have been found qualified by the board. The license certificate and annual registration certificate shall be displayed in the office in which the expanded duty dental assistant is employed. No person shall be entitled to a license and license certificate unless the person is 19 years of age and of good moral character. Each applicant for examination and license as an expanded duty dental assistant shall be a graduate of a school of expanded duty dental assisting which has been approved by the board. Any person practicing in violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and the board may impose the penalties outlined in Section 34- 9-18 for such violation.
§ 34-9-27. Employment, supervision, and practice of dental hygienists and expanded duty dental assistants.
Dental hygienists and expanded duty dental assistants shall work only under the direct supervision of a duly licensed dentist practicing in this state. Dental hygienists and expanded duty dental assistants may perform any duties allowed by rule or regulation of the board and assist a licensed or permitted dentist in his or her practice; however, expanded duty dental assistants may not perform any irreversible procedure, including surgery. Any dental hygienist licensed by the board under this section who has completed the curriculum for dental hygienists at a dental school approved by the board shall have the right to use the title Registered Dental Hygienist or the abbreviation thereof, “R.D.H.” appended to his or her name signifying the license conferred. The board may impose any of the penalties outlined in Section 34-9-18 against any dentist who shall permit any dental hygienist or expanded duty dental assistant working under his or her supervision to perform any operation other than those permitted under the provisions of this section, and may impose the penalties outlined in Section 34-9-18 against any dental hygienist or expanded duty dental assistant who shall perform any operation other than those permitted under this section.
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