Dental Laboratory Technician

 Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Certified Dental Technicians (CDT) or Dental Laboratory Technicians (DLABT),make dental restorations (metal and ceramic crowns and bridges), and other dental prosthetics.
  • They work with hand tools, molding equipment and other machinery to manufacture replicas of teeth and other prosthetics.
  • Dental Technicians have a high degree of manual dexterity and good vision because their work is highly detailed and delicate.
  • Some technicians may perform all the tasks to create crowns, bridges, dentures, and other prosthetics while others may specialize in a certain area.
  • These technicians work with porcelain, metal, plastic, wires, composites, and dental wax to create these molds of patient’s teeth.
  • They use hand instruments such as drills, laths, furnaces, vacuum mixers, and investing tools to fabricate prostheses.
  • Dental Technicians work in private dental laboratories, Dentist’s offices, hospitals, or dental suppliers.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Dental Technicians enjoy good working conditions and good salaries.
  • One must have good hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, and an ability to work independently. 

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