Dental Tech

Dental technicians also called "dental laboratory technicians" usually work behind the scenes as part of a dental health team. Their job is to fulfill the dentist's prescription for whatever dental appliance or device is called for often using a physical mold or a digital impression of a patient's mouth and teeth.

They use metal plaster and wax and they working with small tools as well as specialized machinery to create dental devices such as crowns bridges dentures and orthodontics. These items must be ground to precision and polished to perfection so that they look good and fit properly.

Dental technicians must have a high school diploma after which they can develop skills from on the job training often working closely with an experienced technician. However a preferable path is to pursue formal training by completing a two-year program and then becoming a certified dental technician (CDT) by passing an examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology.With this credential and three years of experience a dental technician will have a wide variety of job opportunities. Find a career as a dental technician.

The website buzzle.com states that salaries earned by dental technicians are largely dependent upon their skills and place of employment. The employment outlook for this career is positive as an increasing need for this type of work is anticipated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary is approximately $35000 but salaries range from approximately $21000 to close to $60000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $40500
High Salary: $60000
Low Salary: $21000
Tasks: Creates dental devices.
Works in a dental laboratory.
Provides back-office support to dentists.
Utilizes special dental machinery to create crowns, bridges, dentures, and more.
Also Called: Dental Laboratory Technician
Dental Assistant
Denture Technician
Dental Health Technician
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http://www.ehow.com/about_6111504_dental-technician-job-description.html
http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/dental_tech.htm