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What is a Dental Technician?

A dental technician is a health care professional that designs and constructs dental prosthetics, restorative and orthodontic devices which include crowns, dentures, implants, bridges and orthodontic appliances.

Dental Technicians work independently, without close supervision, but must follow requirements from the referring dentist through written instructions and molds or impressions.   Dental technicians also require the skills and touch of an artist as the prosthetics they make must be attractive and functional.

Skills and Abilities of a Dental Technician

People should be interested in doing precision work, have the potential to develop skills working with small instruments, have excellent hand-eye coordination, the ability to pay close attention to detail for long periods of time and have good color perception.

How to be a Dental Technician

You must graduate from an approved training program, which is a minimum 2 year program or have worked in a dental laboratory for at least 5 years and can demonstrate knowledge, training and experience that meet the educational requirements.

In British Columbia, Dental Technicians have to be registered with their regulatory college to use the title Certified Dental Technician (CDT).

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