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Dental Laboratory Technicians

Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Read prescriptions or specifications and examine models or impressions to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.
    • Apply porcelain paste or wax over prosthesis frameworks or setups, using brushes and spatulas.
    • Test appliances for conformance to specifications and accuracy of occlusion, using articulators and micrometers.
    • Melt metals or mix plaster, porcelain, or acrylic pastes and pour materials into molds or over frameworks to form dental prostheses or apparatus.
    • Create a model of patient's mouth by pouring plaster into a dental impression and allowing plaster to set.
    • Prepare metal surfaces for bonding with porcelain to create artificial teeth, using small hand tools.
    • Place tooth models on apparatus that mimics bite and movement of patient's jaw to evaluate functionality of model.
    • Load newly constructed teeth into porcelain furnaces to bake the porcelain onto the metal framework.
    • Fabricate, alter, or repair dental devices, such as dentures, crowns, bridges, inlays, or appliances for straightening teeth.
    • Build and shape wax teeth, using small hand instruments and information from observations or dentists' specifications.
    • Remove excess metal or porcelain and polish surfaces of prostheses or frameworks, using polishing machines.
    • Mold wax over denture setups to form the full contours of artificial gums.
    • Rebuild or replace linings, wire sections, or missing teeth to repair dentures.
    • Prepare wax bite blocks and impression trays for use.
    • Train or supervise other dental technicians or dental laboratory bench workers.
    • Shape and solder wire and metal frames or bands for dental products, using soldering irons and hand tools.
    • Fill chipped or low spots in surfaces of devices, using acrylic resins.

    Skills

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 43190/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 20.77/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,220
    • Yearly Projected Openings 170

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: 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
    • Integrity
    • Persistence
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Dental laboratory lathes
    • Dental laboratory furnaces
    • Dental laboratory casting machines
    • Dental finishing or polishing discs
    • Dental articulators

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Accounting software

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