Level 5 Dental Technology Apprenticeship | South Bank Colleges
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Dental Technicians design, manufacture, modify and repair custom-made dental appliances. Typically the work is undertaken in a dental laboratory on a prescription from a dentist. The work can broadly be split into crown & bridge, dentures and orthodontics; most labs specialise in one or two of these areas but during the apprenticeship Dental Technicians will develop competency across all disciplines from start to finish before choosing if/where to specialise once they are qualified.

What experience and skills will you gain?

Please see some of the knowledge and skills achieved. Note that this is a selected list.

  • Normal dental/oral anatomy and physiology.
  • How design of custom-made devices can contribute to restoration of functionality as well as prevention of oral disease/further decline.
  • The procedures used in design and manufacture of custom made devices - dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic (including Computer Aided Design (CAD)/ Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) & IT Solutions).
  • The principles regarding the selection and use of materials for use in custom made dental devices.
  • Advise the prescribing dentist on appropriate dental devices based on dentist input, while recognising oral limitations and their effect on devices. Evaluate, for individual patients, the need for more complex treatment and seek advice from the dentist or more experienced Dental Technicians as appropriate.
  • Design, manufacture, assess, repair, modify and provide biomechanically sound custom- made dental devices in the following three areas: Prosthetic Device Manufacture (Dentures). Conservation Device Manufacture (Crown/Bridge). Orthodontic Device Manufacture (Braces).