The Dental Technician-Part of the Dental Care Team

Dental Laboratory Technology is both a science and an art. Since each dental patient’s needs are different, the duties of a dental laboratory technician are comprehensive and varied. Dental technicians work closely with dentists using a wide variety of materials to create:

* Full Dentures
* Removable partial dentures or fixed bridges
* Crowns
* Veneers enhancing the esthetics and function for the patient
* Orthodontic applicances and splints to help straighten and protect teeth

Materials used by the dental laboratory technicians include waxes, plastics, precious and non-precious alloys, stainless steel, a variety of porcelains and composites or polymer glass combinations. Many technicias acquire skill in the use of sophisticated instruments and equipment while performing laboratory procedures. Communication with a licensed dentist is very important in order for the dental lab technician to create tooth replacements that are both attractive and functional.