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Dental Technicians

A dental technician is an essential member of the dental team and carries out all aspects of technical dentistry to complement the clinical work undertaken by the dentist. The dental technician participates in the complete dental service received by the patient.

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The role of the dental technician

Dental technicians carry out the work prescribed by the dentist, which will generally come under one of three different types of dental technology. Individual technicians may specialise in any of these three dental technology disciplines, or in some cases will be proficient and work in all three.

These are:

Prosthodontics - Dentures

This area of dental technology requires the dental technician to design and construct full and partial dentures to replace missing natural teeth.

Conservation - Crown & Bridgework

This specialism within dental technology is usually referred to as crown and bridgework. The dentist will prescribe such work when the tooth or teeth have suffered severe external damage, but the supporting tissues remain healthy.

Orthodontics

An orthodontic technician produces removable appliances, commonly known as 'braces', these are used to make adjustments to the positioning of teeth in the mouth. The technician will construct the removable appliance using wires which when tightened will provide sufficient force to slowly move the teeth to the required position to improve appearance and jaw function.

 

Training to become a GDC Registered Dental Technician.

The GDC require that trainee dental technicians are either:

  • Employed and enrolled or waiting to start on a recognised programme that will lead to GDC registration; or
  • Studying on a recognised programme that leads directly to GDC registration.

Further information on pre registration training can be found using the link below.