A certified dental technician (CDT), works with dentists to create partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, bridges, crowns, and veneers. A certified dental technician creates a model of a patient’s mouth, along with a prescription for the types of dentures or other items needed.
Other tasks and responsibilities consist of maintaining or restoring a patient’s oral health, replacing partial or total loss of a patient’s natural teeth, and correcting dental irregularities, such as cracked teeth and cavities. It is also the responsibility of a certified dental technician to operate a special apparatus known as an articulator, which simulates the opening and closing of a patient’s mouth. An articulator replaces any missing facial or body tissue due to any injury or disease, by creating a maxillo-facial prostheses. A of a certified dental technician must also document actions by completing forms, logging reports, and keeping and securing records. It is also the of a certified dental technician’s job to conserve all equipment by completing plaster castings, electronic spot welding, metal casting, metal polishing, wax modeling, ceramics, wire bending, electroplating, and sandblasting.
To become a of a certified dental technician, certain skills are required, such as vast experience in customer service, use of dental technology equipment, experience in dental health maintenance, surgical experience, procedural skills, documentation skills, and verbal communication. A of a certified dental technician will often with a team, if it is necessary to get the job done. This technician is also required to have obtained appropriate schooling, and as the job title implies, he or she must have the proper certification.
Certified Dental Technician (CDT) Tasks
Create partial, full dentures, crowns and veneers.
Create and perform work according to dental prescription.
Adjust molds of patient's teeth and verify accuracy.
Create oral constructs for dental restorations, prostheses and appliances.
Verify the conformance to prescription specs by using articulator.