Profession dental technician

Dental technicians manufacture dental custom-made devices like bridges, crowns, dentures and appliances under the supervision of dental practitioners following their directions and specifications.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Realistic
  • Investigative / Social
  • Realistic / Investigative

Skills

  • Manipulate dental material

    Manipulate materials used in dental procedures such as waxes, plastics, precious and non-precious alloys, stainless steel, porcelains and composites or polymer glass.

  • Polish dental prostheses

    Use finishing burrs and grinding equipment to grind, smooth, and polish dental prostheses.

  • Respond to changing situations in health care

    Cope with pressure and respond appropriately and in time to unexpected and rapidly changing situations in healthcare.

  • Manage infection control in the facility

    Implement a set of measures to prevent and control infections, formulating and establishing health and safety procedures and policies.

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Select materials for orthodontic appliances

    Determine the appropriate materials for removable or permanent orthodontic appliances, paying attention to design and function as specified by prescription.

  • Repair denture prostheses

    Use the appropriate soldering and welding techniques to modify or repair components of removable and fixed denture prostheses.

  • Ensure safety of healthcare users

    Make sure that healthcare users are being treated professionally, effectively and safe from harm, adapting techniques and procedures according to the person's needs, abilities or the prevailing conditions.

  • Work in multidisciplinary health teams

    Participate in the delivery of multidisciplinary health care, and understand the rules and competences of other healthcare related professions.

  • Listen actively

    Give attention to what other people say, patiently understand points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times; able to listen carefully the needs of customers, clients, passengers, service users or others, and provide solutions accordingly.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Maintain laboratory dental tools

    Maintain laboratory tools and equipment such as lathes, trimmers, grinders, articulators, and cleaning devices.

  • Follow dentists' instructions

    Work directly with dentists by following their detailed instuctions.

  • Examine dental models and impressions

    Examine models and impressions of the patients` teeth in order to determine the design of dental products to be constructed.

  • Manufacture dental prostheses

    Design and fabricate dental prosthesis or appliances such as space maintainers, crowns, veneers, bridges, and dentures, retainers, and labial and lingual arch wires.

  • Test dental appliances for compliance

    Examine dental appliances to make sure that they comply with specifications, using articulators and micrometres to test for accuracy of occlusion.

  • Use e-health and mobile health technologies

    Use mobile health technologies and e-health (online applications and services) in order to enhance the provided healthcare.

  • Contribute to continuity of health care

    Contribute to the delivery of coordinated and continuous healthcare.

  • Communicate effectively in healthcare

    Communicate effectively with patients, families and other caregivers, health care professionals, and community partners.

  • Accept own accountability

    Accept accountability for one`s own professional activities and recognise the limits of one`s own scope of practice and competencies.

  • Follow clinical guidelines

    Follow agreed protocols and guidelines in support of healthcare practice which are provided by healthcare institutions, professional associations, or authorities and also scientific organisations.

  • Work in a multicultural environment in health care

    Interact, relate and communicate with individuals from a variety of different cultures, when working in a healthcare environment.

  • Apply organisational techniques

    Employ a set of organisational techniques and procedures which facilitate the achievement of the set goals set such as detailed planning of personnel's schedules. Use these resources efficiently and sustainably, and show flexibility when required.

Optional knowledge and skills

communicate in foreign languages with health service providers handle payments in dentistry train dental technician staff supervise dental technician staff inform policy makers on health-related challenges

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