Dental Laboratory Technicians

Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.

Median Annual Wage: $36,830

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (43%); Post-secondary certificate (22%); Associate's degree (17%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Dental Ceramist; Denture Technician; Waxer; Crown and Bridge Dental Lab Technician; Model and Dye Person; Metal Finisher; Porcelain Technician; Dental Laboratory Technician (Dental Lab Technician); Dental Technician (Dental Tech); Orthodontic Laboratory Technician (Orthodontic Lab Technician)

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  • Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers.
  • Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.
  • Create a model of patient's mouth by pouring plaster into a dental impression and allowing plaster to set.
  • Place tooth models on apparatus that mimics bite and movement of patient's jaw to evaluate functionality of model.
  • Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth.
  • Remove excess metal or porcelain and polish surfaces of prostheses or frameworks, using polishing machines.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dental Laboratory Technicians.

  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Dental Laboratory Technicians.

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