Dental Laboratory Technician

Education Required

Although optional, certification may demonstrate a level of competence and professionalism that makes candidates more attractive to employers. It also may increase opportunities for advancement. The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology offers certification as a Certified Dental Technician (CDT). Certification is available in six specialty areas: orthodontics, crown and bridge, complete dentures, partial dentures, implants, and ceramics. To qualify for the CDT, technicians must pass several exams and meet education, training, or experience requirements. Some employers prefer that ophthalmic laboratory technicians obtain certification from the American Board of Opticianry and National Contact Lens Examiners (ABO-NCLE) prior to hiring or after completing on-the-job training. Basic certification is earned after passing an exam.

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A dental laboratory technician is a skilled healthcare professional who works in a dental laboratory and is responsible for fabricating and repairing dental prosthetics and appliances. They play a crucial role in the creation of custom-made dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, dentures, and orthodontic appliances. Click to explore more occupational details:

Dental Laboratory Technician