A dental lab technician makes dental prosthetics and appliances such as orthodontic appliances, partial and complete dentures, and porcelain veneers. Additionally, such a person fills dental prosthetic orders.
Dental lab technicians use materials including plaster, porcelain, metals, wax and hand tools to make models that fit physical or computerized molds of a patient's mouth. After making the model, the technician attaches it securely to a metal framework by putting the model in a porcelain oven. He examines the patient's teeth color and shape and modifies the model so that the model doesn't look distinct from the rest of the teeth in the mouth. Adding porcelain to the model gives it a fine appearance.
To qualify as a dental lab technician, an individual should complete a high school diploma or acquire a general education development certificate. Additionally, the technician should possess manual dexterity skills, which are essential for the job. A dental technician usually specializes in one area of prosthetics, including dentures, ceramics, bridges and crowns, in order to become a certified dental technician. To become a certified dental technician, the technician must pass the exam from the National Board for Certification in Dental Technology. If a dental technician acquires enough experience, he may qualify to work as a supervisor.