Dental Laboratory Technicians
Dental laboratory technicians are skilled professionals who work in dental laboratories to create custom dental prosthetics, such as dentures, bridges, and crowns. Some of the key responsibilities of dental laboratory technicians include:
Reading dental impressions: Dental laboratory technicians read dental impressions, or molds of patients’ teeth, to create custom dental prosthetics that fit precisely.
Fabricating dental prosthetics: Using a variety of materials, such as ceramics, acrylics, and metals, dental laboratory technicians fabricate dental prosthetics according to dentists’ specifications and patient needs.
Using computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology: Many dental laboratory technicians use CAD/CAM technology to design and manufacture dental prosthetics with greater precision and efficiency.
Finishing and polishing dental prosthetics: After dental prosthetics are fabricated, dental laboratory technicians finish and polish them to ensure that they meet quality standards and look natural.
Communicating with dentists: Dental laboratory technicians communicate with dentists to ensure that the dental prosthetics they create meet the dentists’ specifications and the patient’s needs.
Maintaining equipment and supplies: Dental laboratory technicians maintain the equipment and supplies in the dental laboratory to ensure that they are in good working condition and well-stocked.
Dental laboratory technicians play a critical role in the dental care team, working closely with dentists and dental assistants to provide patients with high-quality, custom dental prosthetics. They must have strong attention to detail, manual dexterity, and technical skills, as well as a thorough understanding of dental anatomy and materials. Dental laboratory technicians typically complete a training program in dental laboratory technology, and may receive additional certification or specialization in areas such as ceramics or CAD/CAM technology.