Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-04-.01 - LEVELS OF PRACTICE

Current through March 20, 2022

It is the intent of the Board to authorize two distinct levels of practice for dental assistants in dental offices in Tennessee.

(1) Practical Dental Assistants
(a) Definition - A practical dental assistant is an auxiliary employee of a licensed dentist(s) who is receiving practical chair side dental assisting training from a licensed dentist(s) or is a dental assistant student in an educational institution accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
(b) Scope of Practice
1. A practical dental assistant must be under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
2. It is the intent of this rule that practical dental assistants not invade the practice procedures only allowed to be assigned or delegated to registered dental assistants or licensed dental hygienists.
(2) Registered Dental Assistant
(a) Definition - A dental assistant who has received a registration from the Board pursuant to rule 0460-04-.02.
(b) Scope of Practice - A registered dental assistant may perform those additional procedures for which they have received Board certification as provided by Rule 0460-04-.08 under the direct supervision of a dentist.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0460-04-.01
Original rule certified June 7, 1974. Repeal filed August 26, 1980; effective December 1, 1980. Repeal and new rule filed December 11, 1991; effective January 25, 1992. Amendment filed June 29, 1994; effective September 12, 1994. Amendment filed October 9, 1997; effective December 23, 1997. Amendment filed February 9, 2000; effective April 24, 2000. Amendment filed October 12, 2007; effective December 26, 2007.

Authority: T.C.A. ยงยง 4-5-202, 4-5-204, 63-5-105, 63-5-105(4), 63-5-105(7), 63-5-108, 63-5-108(c), 63-5115, 63-5-116, 63-5-117, and 63-5-124.

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