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Staff Dentist - Northern NH Correctional Facility

Wexford Health Sources Inc

Last Updated: 7/10/24

Job Description

SCHEDULE: Full Time, Mon-Fri 7:30AM-4:00PM
LOCATION: Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin, NH

The Staff Dentist, licensed in the state of New Hampshire, is responsible and accountable for providing oral health care to patients such as fillings, extractions, dentures, root canals, etc. and for supervising the dental staff and managing the dental activity with the facility.


1. Provides preventive and restorative treatment to all inmates.

2. Performs and interprets radiographic examinations as indicated.

3. Performs all general dentistry services including, but not limited to restorative, surgical, periodontal, endodontic and prosthodontic services as described by facility policy.

4. Provides overall supervision of the dental department including hiring, coaching, counseling, administering discipline and termination of subordinate staff as needed.

5. Supervise staff in cleaning of teeth, making impressions for prosthetic devices, planning and maintaining an oral hygiene program, completing appropriate records accurately and all procedures associated with the provision of dental care.

6. Arrange proper referral for procedures that cannot be performed on-site at facility.

7. Provides supervision of staff in instruction of inmates in preventive practices for maintaining proper oral hygiene.

8. Submit monthly report of Dental Department activities.

9. Participate in staff development programs.

10. Develop and update departmental policies and procedures.

11. Supervise and evaluate all assigned dental staff.

12. Forward all outside referrals of offenders to the Chief Dental Officer to assure the necessity for such referrals.

13. Serves as clinical authority on all matters related to the delivery of dental services, and provides direction, guidance, and oversight to the dental staff and programs.

14. Determines the timeframes for non-emergent and elective treatments according to priority and availability.

15. Determines the appropriateness of non-routine treatment and ensure that such treatment will not interfere with the provision of greater priority services.

16. Examines patients and documents findings on standard forms, utilizing applicable dental classification systems (i.e., APHA).

17. Ensures continuity of care.

18. Supplies data for clinic reports as requested.

19. Keeps dental licenses up-to-date, and ensures a current copy is on file in the Health Care Unit.

20. Responsible for dental office security to include instrument, medicine and needle counts.

21. Responsible to ensure appropriate and quality orientation for all newly hired dental staff.

22. Notifies the Wexford Health Staffing Department of vacant or upcoming vacant positions in a timely manner and actively assists the Staffing Department in the filling of vacant positions.

23. Is familiar with overtime and commodities budgets and works to remain within budget.

24. Complies with and enforces Wexford Health/facility policy and procedures and ensures subordinate compliance.

25. Member of the Quality Assurance Committee.

Upon receiving the necessary training and/or instruction, performs other related duties as required or assigned.


The physical demands that are described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, to hear and to see, to stand, walk, and sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, instruments or controls, to reach with hands and arms, to stoop or crouch, balance and kneel, may be required to lift and/or move persons, carts, emergency equipment or other objects. Must be able to ambulate throughout the facility for extended periods of time. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distant vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to clearly communicate orally and via written and typed correspondence and notes using various forms, records, charts, and electronic media.



Standard medical setting in a correctional facility, which includes daily interfacing with inmates, correctional staff, and health care personnel.

Temperature extremes may be encountered while moving throughout the facility outdoors and indoors in buildings without air conditioning.



Job Requirements:


Current New Hampshire Dental license and current DEA license


Current CPR certification


Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) degree

Preferred experience

Minimum 1 year practicing dentistry; skilled in recognizing the symptoms of shock and fainting; must be prepared to provide necessary aid as directed during procedures. Correctional experience preferred. Supervisory experience preferred.


• Strong interpersonal skills

• Strong verbal and written communication skills.

• General math and analytical skills, and planning, administrative and organizational skills essential.

• Demonstrated experience maintaining multiple deadlines. Must ensure documents are ready for review well in advance of any deadline.

• Ability to competently manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

• Ability to work in a stressful environment

• Must be able assist staff with various policies, administrative and organizational projects. "Team-player" as this position requires daily coordination with other coworkers.

Company Details

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Wexford Health Sources is one of the nation's leading innovative correctional health care companies. We provide clients with experienced management and technologically advanced services, combined with programs that control costs while ensuring quality. For nearly two decades, Wexford Health has consistently delivered proven expertise in a full range of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmac...