Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants (NOC 3223)

About this job

This unit group works in dental laboratories and includes supervisors of dental technologists and technicians.

Dental technologists and technicians:

  • design, prepare and fabricate dentures and dental devices as prescribed by dentists and other specialists

Dental laboratory assistants:

  • assist dental technologists and technicians in preparing and fabricating dentures and other dental devices
Common job titles
  • assistant, dental laboratory
  • bench - dental laboratory
  • CDT (certified dental technician)
  • RDT (registered dental technician)
  • RDT (registered dental technologist)
  • setter, denture
  • assistant, dental laboratory
  • bench - dental laboratory
  • CDT (certified dental technician)
  • ceramist, dental / ceramic denture caster
  • finisher, denture / denture framework
  • maker, dental prosthesis

Duties

Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants:

  • Design, fabricate or repair dental devices including full or partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, clasps and bands, and implants
  • Prepare plaster models and moulds from dental impressions
  • Prepare wax bite-blocks and impression trays
  • Cast gold or metal alloys for bridges and denture bases
  • Pack plastic material in moulds to form full or partial dentures
  • Mould wax over denture set-up to form full contours of artificial gums
  • Make orthodontic bands from gold, silver, stainless steel or other metals
  • Finish metal framework of dentures and polish and buff dentures to obtain natural finish
  • May consult with dentists or other specialists on problematic dental cases
  • May train and supervise other dental technicians and dental laboratory assistants in fabricating dentures and other dental devices
  • May perform administrative functions for the dental laboratory.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an office and/or laboratory environment.
  • Workers may use instruments or power tools that could be a source of injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Dental laboratory bench workers may progress to dental technologists and technicians positions with training, experience and registration.

Additional resources