3223 Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants
Dental technologists and technicians design, prepare and fabricate dentures and dental devices as prescribed by dentists and other specialists. Dental laboratory assistants assist dental technologists and technicians in preparing and fabricating dentures and other dental devices. They are employed in dental laboratories. Dental technologists and technicians who are supervisors are included in this unit group.
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Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
Design, fabricate or repair dental devices including full or partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, clasps and bands, and implants
Prepare plaster models and moulds from dental impressions
Prepare wax bite-blocks and impression trays
Cast gold or metal alloys for bridges and denture bases
Pack plastic material in moulds to form full or partial dentures
Mould wax over denture set-up to form full contours of artificial gums
Make orthodontic bands from gold, silver, stainless steel or other metals
Finish metal framework of dentures and polish and buff dentures to obtain natural finish
May consult with dentists or other specialists on problematic dental cases
May train and supervise other dental technicians and dental laboratory assistants in fabricating dentures and other dental devices
May perform administrative functions for the dental laboratory.
Dental technologists and technicians are required to complete a college program in dental technology
Four or more years of on-the-job training under the supervision of a registered dental technologist or technician.
Registration with a regulatory body is required for dental technologists and technicians in all provinces except in Manitoba and the territories.
Dental laboratory assistants usually require secondary school and up to two years of on-the-job training.
- Dental laboratory assistants may progress to dental technologist and technician positions with training, experience and registration.