Dental work is more than just fillings and cleanings. It also involves the creation and installation of dental prosthetics. Dental ceramists create the prosthetics that will be installed in patients' mouths, such as crowns, dentures, bridges, replacement teeth, tooth facings, and any other artificial teeth pieces. To accomplish this, molds are taken of the patients' mouths; should a tooth be missing or damaged, the tooth will be recreated. Dental ceramists need training in a vocational school for dental ceramic certification, an associate's degree in a dental laboratory technology program, or direct experience in a dentist's laboratory.
One major goal of a dental ceramist is to match a prosthetic piece's coloration to the other teeth in a mouth. This requires more than a mold; rather, it requires careful examination of a patient's mouth. Dental prosthetics must also be regularly cleaned, repaired, polished, and generally maintained by a trained dental ceramist or dentist. A dental ceramist typically must work very closely with dentists to create the best prosthetics possible.
Dental Ceramist Tasks
Verify patient's prostheses match to color of natural teeth.
Create dental prostheses, crowns, bridges and tooth facings.
Create and perform work according to dental prescription.
Clean and polish dental prostheses.