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Dental Laboratory Technicians

Overview

Dental laboratory technicians, also called dental technicians, are skilled craftspeople who make and repair dental appliances, such as dentures, inlays, bridges, crowns, and braces, according to dentists' written prescriptions. They work with plastics, ceramics, and metals, using models made from impressions taken by the dentist of a patient's mouth or teeth. Some dental laboratory technicians, especially those who work for smaller dental laboratories, perform the whole range of laboratory activities, while many others specialize in only one area. Some specialties include making orthodontic appliances, such as braces for straightening teeth; applying layers of porcelain paste or acrylic resin over a metal framework to form crowns, bridges, and tooth facings; making and repairing wire frames and retainers for teeth used in partial dentures; and making and repairing full and partial dentures. Job titles often reflect a specialization. For example, technicians who make porcelain restorations are dental ceramicists. There are approximately 37,520 dental laboratory technicians of all types working in the United States.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Realistic

Technical

Career Ladder
Dental Laboratory Owner

Dental Laboratory Supervisor

Dental Laboratory Technician

Dental Laboratory Assistant

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