Denture Tech

Denture technicians sometimes called "dental technicians" have the job of creating new dental appliances for patients who need to have them made from scratch or in some cases repaired or replaced. Some denture technicians are skilled at the entire process including taking molds and doing final fittings whereas others specialize in one aspect of the manufacturing process such as making a porcelain veneer adhere to the metal structure.

Denture technicians must have good fine motor skills because they do much of their work with small tools both electric and manual. In addition to being able to meet deadlines they must also be detail oriented and have aesthetic capabilities qualities that are essential for creating dentures in a timely manner that not only look like real teeth but are well-suited for the particular patient for whom they are intended.

Denture technicians should have a background in science and math and also enjoy working with tools. Many individuals start in this career upon high school graduation. However it is preferable to complete a two-year program of study at a vocational school or community college followed by certification which is earned by passing both written and practical exams that are administered by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. Find additional information on Dentistry.

Some but not all states have licensing requirements. The website reports that the median salary of a denture technician is approximately $35000. Those able to perform a wide range of tasks related to the creation or repair of dentures tend to earn more than those who concentrate on a limited aspect of the laboratory or manufacturing process.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $35000
High Salary: $40000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Creates new dentures for patients.
Takes molds of teeth.
Fits dentures into patient's mouths.
Fixes broken dentures.
Also Called: Dental Technician
Denture Specialist
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