Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDAs) (Assembly Bill 749/Senate Bill 635)

This proposed legislation would create an Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary in Wisconsin, allowing for offices to be more efficient and for all members of the dental team to practice at the top of their scope.

Read the bill here

Download the WDA talking points here

What is an EFDA?

Expanded Function Dental Auxiliaries (EFDAs) are dental team members with advanced training and the ability to perform certain procedures in a dental office.  This format allows more patients to be seen, while maintaining a high standard of care.

What duties would an EFDA perform?

Dentists would have the power to delegate the following duties to an EFDA:

  • Placement and finishing of restoration material after decay has been removed by the dentist
  • Sealants
  • Coronal polishing
  • Impressions
  • Temporizations
  • Packing cord
  • Removal of cement from crowns
  • Adjustments to dentures and other removable oral appliances
  • Removal of sutures and dressings

What kind of education would an EFDA have?

An EFDA would need to receive 70 hours of classroom education, including both didactic and clinical training.

The WDA supports basic requirements for entering an EFDA training/certification program outlined in the legislation:

  • Dental assisting experience of 1,000 hours (approximately 1 year) plus be a Certified Dental Assistant (by the Dental Assisting National Board) or;
  • 2,000 hours of dental assisting experience with confirmation of those hours by a licensed dentist. (A variation of this certification program currently exists in approximately 25 states). This education usually take place through an accredited technical college program.

Please contact WDA Government Services Director Matt Rossetto with questions at [email protected], or 608-250-3442.

WDA would like to thank Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) and Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) for authoring this bill and all the co-sponsors below. Contact your legislator to co-sponsor this bill!

Assembly Bill 749 was passed unanimously by the State Assembly on Feb. 20, and is available for a vote by the State Senate.  Its companion bill, Senate Bill 635, received a public hearing on Jan. 11.


Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point)
Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg)
Sen. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater)
Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon)
Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville)
Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma)


Rep. Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma)
Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan)
Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison)
Rep. Jill Billings (D-La Crosse)
Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam)
Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menonomee Falls)
Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo)
Rep. David Crowley (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg)
Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville)
Rep. Jason Fields (D-Glendale)
Rep. Eric Genrich (D-Green Bay)
Rep. Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee)
Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago)
Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield)
Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa)
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) </a
Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford)
Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton)
Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville)
Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz)
Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville)
Rep. Tod Ohnstad (D-Kenosha)
Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva)
Rep. Keith Ripp (R-Lodi)
Rep. Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah)
Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield)
Rep. David Steffen (R-Green Bay)
Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton)
Rep. Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel)
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac)
Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc)
Rep. Ron Tusler (R-Harrison)
Rep. Nancy VanderMeer (R-Tomah)