A dental laboratory technician is trained craftsman who works with precision, great concentration and patience, with high standard of hand skills. As a member of dental health team. a dental laboratory technician provides a service to dentists by constructing for them a variety of appliances to repair, replace, or reposition teeth of patients whose natural teeth are broken, missing or need repositioning.
The program provides theoretical and technical training for the construction of these dental appliances. Course in specialized techniques are presented to students in laboratory,demonstration and lecture classes. Practical laboratory work is emphasized in the courses to prepare the student for employment. Health Science Courses for dental personnel complete the program.
MAJOR SKILLS ACQUIRED
Design and construction of complete dentures, removable partial dentures, fixed partial dentures, orthodontic appliances.Dental Technicians usually concentrate on one area of dental technology after graduation and specialize in denture construction, metal and porcelain bridge work, or tooth repositioning appliances. A licensed or registered Dental Laboratory Technician may own and operate a dental laboratory to provide services to a dentist, a number of dentists, or a group practice of dentists