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This program prepares individuals to fabricate dental prosthetic appliances that replace or repair natural teeth to help patients eat, chew, talk, and smile as well as, or better than, they did before. Dental technicians work collaboratively with dentists by following a written work authorization that details the type of prosthesis needed. Dental technicians do not have direct contact with the patient but instead use stone models made from impressions of the patient's teeth and surrounding soft tissues.
The curriculum includes courses in general education and in dental laboratory technology as required by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The curriculum includes lectures and extensive laboratory experiences to enhance the students’ learning.
The dental laboratory technician has many employment options including commercial dental laboratories, dental offices that have their own laboratories, dental sales and manufacturing firms. Graduates may also choose to own a laboratory, state laws permitting, or seek a teaching position at a dental technology education program.
Dental Laboratory Technology students completing the first year of the curriculum will earn a Certificate in Dental Laboratory Technology which prepares students for employment as entry-level dental technicians. See Program Plan for more information.