Dental Laboratory Technicians

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Dental Ceramist, Dental Laboratory Technician (Dental Lab Tech), Dental Technician (Dental Tech), Denture Technician (Denture Tech)

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Dental Assistant; Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist; Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist; Dental Laboratory Craftsman; Dental Manager; Dentist, Advanced Clinical; Dentist, General Clinical; Dentist, Public Health; Health Services Management Apprentice; Health Services Management Helper
Dental Specialist
Health Services Technician; Medical Administration Specialty
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Dental Laboratory Technician (Advanced); Dental Laboratory Technician (Basic); Dental Laboratory Technician (Maxillofacial); Dental Laboratory Technician, Advanced; Dental Laboratory Technician, Basic; Dental Laboratory Technician, Maxillofacial; Hospital Corpsman
Dental Laboratory; Dental Laboratory Apprentice; Dental Laboratory Craftsman; Dental Laboratory Helper; Dental Laboratory Journeyman
What they do:
Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.
On the job, you would:
  • Read prescriptions or specifications and examine models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.
  • Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers.
  • Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth.



  • management
  • customer service

Engineering and Technology

  • design
  • mechanical

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • medicine and dentistry


Basic Skills

  • reading work related information
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use

  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Ideas and Logic

  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software

  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • Easy Solutions Easy Lab
  • Mainstreet Systems & Software DentaLab/PC II


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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