Dental laboratory technicians are responsible for many "behind-the-scenes" tasks in a dental office or laboratory. They are primarily responsible for the production of dentures, crowns, bridges, and other highly detailed dental repair work. This involves the complete production process, including pouring, trimming, beveling, and sectioning the repair prosthesis. They make adjustments and repairs to existing structures. Dental laboratory technicians often work with modern dental computer software in the design and construction of complicated dental structures. Oversight of orders and transport to outside facilities may be required for certain positions in which the work cannot be performed in-house.
Dental laboratory technicians generally work during regular business hours and must maintain strict cleanliness in their work environment to maintain health standards. They work closely with dentists and oral surgeons in evaluating dental problems and constructing solutions. They must follow the exact specifications laid out by the dentist in his or her treatment plan. They may advise dentists on the fabrication and fit of various dental prostheses, as they generally have expertise in this area.
Dental laboratory technician positions generally require a high school diploma or equivalent. A higher degree or training in dentistry or dental lab techniques is typically preferred. Larger operations or labs require previous experience and a demonstration of skills in the area. This position requires close attention to detail and precision.
Dental Laboratory Technician Tasks
- Create partial, full dentures, crowns and veneers.
- Verify the conformance to prescriptions specs by using articulator.
- Adjust molds of patient's teeth and verify accuracy.
- Clean and finish dental parts with electric grinders and polishers.
- Create oral constructs for dental restorations, prostheses and appliances according to dental prescription.