Dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants (NOC 3223)

High opportunity occupation

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)
  • 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