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Dental Laboratory Technicians
District Of Columbia

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Construct and repair full or partial dentures or dental appliances.

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Currently Employed: 70

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $20.14 - $29.79

Typical Annual Salary: $41,900 - $62,000

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Dental articulators or accessories
  • Dental finishing or polishing discs
  • Dental laboratory casting machines or its parts or accessories
  • Dental laboratory furnaces
  • Dental laboratory lathes or accessories

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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