CAREER

Dental Laboratory Technicians

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$42,110

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+9.4% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Dental Laboratory Technicians Do

Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.

Other Job Titles Dental Laboratory Technicians May Have

Crown and Bridge Dental Lab Technician, Dental Ceramist, Dental Laboratory Technician (Dental Lab Tech), Dental Technician (Dental Tech), Denture Technician, Metal Finisher, Model and Dye Person, Orthodontic Laboratory Technician (Orthodontic Lab Technician), Porcelain Technician, Waxer

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Read prescriptions or specifications and examine models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.
  • 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.

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