How AI Is Changing the World of Dental Technology
06 Jan 22
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If you’re fascinated by the world of dentistry but the thought of delving into someone’s mouth and finding bits of food doesn’t appeal to you, then becoming a Dental Technician could be your ideal career move.
A Dental Technician’s role is to be the branch of dentistry that manufactures dental prosthetics. This can range from implants, bridges, crowns, dentures and even veneers. When a dentist or dental hygienist takes an impression of your teeth, the results will be sent to a dental technician who will then follow the instructions and create whatever device the patient requires.
In this role, there is the opportunity to specialise in a particular area, for example, ceramics. Still, the majority of technicians enjoy the variety of work that comes into the laboratories each day.
Some of the daily tasks you can expect to do as a Dental Technician include pouring dental models, fabricate models from dentist impressions, implant restorations and fabricate veneers for crowns. As with every job role, there are also housekeeping tasks such as maintaining dental lab records and preparing reports.
One of the most attractive parts about being a Dental Technician is that there is little customer interaction. In this role, you can work from a laboratory, far away from the dental practice and communicate via email and post; you will never be tasked with the challenge of fitting any of the devices you make.