An area of Dental Health facing a shortage of skilled professionals would be in Dental Technology. Up until recently there were only five training institutions in Canada accredited to train Dental Technicians; in November, 2012, a sixth was added, as CDI College received their accreditation from the College of Dental Technicians of British Columbia to begin training Dental Technicians at their Surrey Campus.
Although there has been a drop in the number of tooth extractions and an increased awareness in the correlation between oral health and overall general health, there has been an increase in the need for dental technologists and technicians, mainly due to the development of new types of prostheses, which require skilled professionals to make them. Production of these new devices becomes more complex so enhanced skills and greater accuracy is required.
According to the College of Dental Technicians of British Columbia, BC is experiencing a shortage of skilled Dental Technicians, particularly in the areas of crown and bridge, ceramics and orthodontics. Service Canada statistics also show graduates of a college diploma program in dental prostheses technology have a high employment rate.
Dental Technologists are regulated under the Health Professions act. They design and construct dental prosthetics, restorative and orthodontic devices such as crowns and bridges, dentures, implants and other dental appliances. Depending on one’s experience, range of duties and size of the lab, annual salaries can range from $30,000 to $60,000.