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Dental technologists are part of healthcare team working closely with dentists and dealing withdesigning and manufacturing corrective devices for and replacements of natural teeth.
selection of appropriate dental materials for the design, manufacture and repair of fixed and removable oral and extraoral appliances and prostheses prescribed by a practising dental specialist, dentist, clinical dental technologist, medical practitioner or other practising health practitioner. processes and procedures associated with the design, manufacture and repair of:
- complete removable dentures and overdentures.
- removable partial dentures including precision attachments.
- fixed and removable orthodontic appliances.
- crowns and bridges including precision attachments on natural teeth and implants.
- implant overdentures and implant supported dentures.
- tissue and implant supported maxillofacial, ocular and auricular appliances and prostheses, and other appliances and prostheses involved in the overall prosthetic rehabilitation of patients.
- specialist treatment appliances such as, but not limited to: diagnostic stents and radiographic stents, appliances for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders, appliances for the treatment of speech disorders, appliances for the treatment of sleep disorders and appliances for the treatment of audio disorders.
- undertake shade taking and shade checking, which may include the removal of a preloosened temporary restoration and try-in of the permanent restoration, without removal or placement of an abutment, as prescribed by and prior to the final fitting1 by a dentist or dental specialist.
Ideal candidates for this career possess excellent eye-hand coordination, attention to minute details, ability to recognize the differences in color and shape, manual dexterity and interest in material sciences and emerging technologies. Dental laboratory technology is ideal for those who are artistic as well as for those who are business and technology savvy. In fact, this is the only allied dental field that offers practitioners the chance to become entrepreneurs by opening their own dental laboratory business.
Flexibility: Dental laboratory technology is a flexible career offering several opportunities for advancement. Experienced technologists can find well-paid positions in commercial laboratories based on their technical or communication skills, become department heads in larger laboratories where they would have supervisory responsibilities, or potentially own their own laboratory. Dental technologists also may teach dental technology courses in educational programs and apply their knowledge to research, sales and/or marketing of prosthetic materials, instruments and equipment.
Independence: Technologists perform much of their work without close supervision. They often experience the satisfaction that results from taking an entire project from start to finish.
Creativity: Dental laboratory technology requires the skill and touch of an artist. Technologists need to be creative when they make prostheses.
Security: The services performed by dental technicians will always be needed. With the population growing older, there will be a continued demand for prostheses which improve these individuals' nutrition, appearance and ability to speak clearly.
Personal fulfillment: Dental technologists experience the satisfaction that they help to provide a valued health care service and positively affecting patients' oral health and self image. Technologists play a significant role in the delivery of dental health care and take pride from producing a hand-crafted product.
With advancements in technology and materials, there is an increased demand for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. As a result, there currently is a great demand for dental laboratory technologists Employment opportunities will be excellent well into the next century.
Most dental laboratory technologists work in commercial dental laboratories. The average laboratory employs about five to ten technologists who may provide a full range of dental prosthetic services, or specialize in producing one particular type of prosthesis (e.g., removable partial dentures, crown and bridge, etc).
Additionally, some opportunities are available in private dental offices for technologists who like close one-on-one contact with a dentist. Employment opportunities also may be available in dental schools, hospitals and companies that manufacture dental prosthetic materials. Dental laboratory technology education programs offer some teaching positions for experienced technicians
The increasing number of dental colleges too has created a demand for postgraduate teaching staff for those interested in having an academic career.