Dental Laboratory Technician

Dental laboratory technicians make and repair dental appliances, such as dentures,
crowns and braces. They usually work in dental offices and commercial laboratories.
Dental laboratory technicians:
• provide essential support service for the dental profession according to the
dentist’s prescription or work request.
• fabricate dental models from dentist’s impressions in order to make repairs and
fabricate crowns, bridges, partial and complete dentures and orthodontic appliances based on the dentist’s prescription.
• cast various dental alloys for fabrication of crowns, bridges, and removable partial
dentures.
• select and arrange artificial teeth using color charts and tooth illustrations for
fabrication of complete and partial dentures.
• build, contour and fire dental porcelain in special vacuum porcelain ovens.
• polish alloys, acrylic and porcelain surfaces to clinical acceptability.
• bend and solder stainless steel wire to fabricate orthodontic retainers and various
other orthodontic appliances.
Dental laboratory technicians can specialize in various aspects of the work prescribed
by dentists and orthodontists: crown and bridge technicians, denture technicians,
partial denture technicians, ceramic technicians and orthodontic technicians.
Most dental laboratory technicians work in commercial dental laboratories.
Employment opportunities also are available in private dental offices, dental schools,
hospitals and companies that manufacture dental prosthetic materials.

Average Salary Range
$22,000 – $50,000
Educational Requirements
Students wishing to pursue a career as a dental laboratory technician should take challenging high school courses in science, math and English. Most dental laboratory technicians receive their education and training through a two-year program at a community college, vocational school, technical college or dental school accredited
by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Graduates of these programs usually receive associate degrees. In most cases, an individual needs a high school diploma to apply to an accredited program. Dental laboratory technicians are certified by passing an examination that evaluates their technical skills and knowledge.
Some people become dental laboratory technicians through a five-year apprenticeship program, with most of the training acquired on the job

Professional Associations
National Association
of Dental Laboratories
1530 Metropolitan Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
1-800-950-1150 or (850) 205-5626
www.nadl.org