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Dental Laboratory Technicians

Dental Laboratory Technicians
Quick Facts : Dental Laboratory Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$35,140
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201240,900
Job Outlook1% (Little or no change)
Employment Change300

Dental laboratory technicians use impressions, or molds, of a patient?s teeth to create crowns, bridges, dentures and other dental appliances. They work closely with dentists but have limited contact with patients. They work with many different materials to make prosthetic appliances, including wax, plastic, and porcelain.

What Dental Laboratory Technicians Do

  • Follow detailed work orders and prescriptions from a dentist, to create a dental appliance
  • Mix plaster and other pastes to fill molds from impressions taken by a dentist
  • Cover molds and frameworks with mixtures and allow them to set
  • Sculpt or carve parts of an appliance, such as individual teeth
  • Adjust prosthetics to allow for a more natural look or to improve function

Work Environment

Dental laboratory technicians generally work in clean, well-lit, and well-ventilated laboratories.
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Job Outlook

Employment of dental laboratory technicians is expected to experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020.
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The average salary of dental laboratory technicians was $35,140 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Dental Laboratory Technicians

A high school diploma is the standard requirement for getting a job as a dental laboratory technician. Most dental laboratory technicians learn through on-the-job training. They usually begin as helpers in a laboratory and learn more advanced skills as they gain experience. For example, technicians may begin by pouring plaster into an impression to make a model.
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