⦁ The dental laboratory technician’s task is to fabricate crowns, bridges, dentures, and orthodontic appliances based on the prescription of a dentist. Many of these tasks require high precision, and the technician’s skill weighs heavily on the ultimate success of the treatment. Laboratory technicians are trained on the job or in formal education programs.
⦁ Technicians also may become certified dental technicians in one or more of the areas of complete dentures, partial dentures, crowns and bridges, ceramics, and orthodontics.
⦁ Customarily, dental prostheses were made by hand by technicians using wax, acrylic, or other dental materials, but with the creation of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) of dental prostheses and outsourcing internationally, Laboratory work has become much more advanced and practical.