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Dental Technician

Dental Technician

Construct dental moulds and appliances from impressions taken by dental professionals.

What's it like to be a Dental Technician?

Dental Technicians work in dental laboratories. A key area of work is in the making of models of the mouth and teeth from impressions taken by dental care professionals such as Dentists and Dental Prosthetists.

Tasks and duties

  • Make models of the mouth and teeth from impressions of the patient's mouth.
  • Use models and moulds to make dental restorations such as veneers, crowns and bridges.
  • Polish and finish dental appliances.
  • Make teeth correcting appliances for patients, including braces and plates
  • Make other dental appliances, including mouthguards.
Dental Technicians use techniques including plaster casting, wax modelling and metal casting.
Dental Technicians work closely with Dentists and Dental Prosthetists and usually have no direct contact with patients.

What can I earn as a Dental Technician?

The most common salary  for a Dental Technician is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Dental Technician

Australian Dental Technicians are generally expected to have completed a tertiary level qualification. The minimum standard is generally a Diploma of Dental Technology (HLT55115).
  1. Complete a Diploma of Dental Technology (HLT55115) through a TAFE or registered training organisation.
  2. Consider further study to broaden your skillset, such as a Bachelor of Oral Health in Dental Technology.
  3. It may also be possible to become a Dental Technician through an apprenticeship or traineeship in dental technology.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Thoroughness
  • Communication skills
  • Self motivation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Fabrication

Shortlisted applicants have:

  • Ms office proficiency
  • Team work
  • Adaptability
  • Integrity
  • Thoroughness
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How do Dental Technicians rate their role?

Latest reviews from 14 Dental Technicians surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
prostho
The good things
feels like only playing ,not working
The challenges
needs a lot of practice and patience
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachlor of dental technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental lab
The good things
It’s a office work, doesn’t need to have many contact to people.Suitable people who like quiet environment for work.
The challenges
It’s concerned about handy job, you must keep patient with a lot of teeth.
1 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental Ceramics
The good things
To aim to be self employed and have flexibility in your lifestyle
The challenges
Competition from overseas markets doing the job below standard pay, the dentists always looking for cheaper rates and not necessarily quality in the work delivered to their patients
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Partial denture and sleep appliances
The good things
The good things that I admire are to perform my duty well under my manager and supervisor supervision. Develop my dental knowledge throughout doing by learning. I have lots of opportunities to upgrade...
The challenges
The most challenging in at my works are the term of dental that Dentist use are complicated. Over load with the jobs.
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The good things- If you are good at hand and eye coordinating skills, this is the job for you. Having computer skills is definitely a plug as the dental industry is digitalising! If you enjoy aligning...
The challenges
The challenges Things are digitalising including dental industry, so there will be fewer jobs sent to dental labs, it will happen in less than 10 years that all appliances being designed by dentists a...
2 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Postgraduate Diploma
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Prosthetics
The good things
It's creative
The challenges
There are tight deadlines
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Biology
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
If you love art work, it is enjoyable.
The challenges
It takes many years until you become an experienced technician. You need to study and practice during your own time. Not mane places provides training. Lots of technicians remain as Junior technicians...
5 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Orthodontics
The good things
Hands on rewarding job, you see each appliance through to the end
The challenges
Production line and constant dead lines
4 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Pressable ceramics
The good things
Dental technology requires concentration and a high degree of attention to detail. The amount of effort, creativity and communication you put into each case will ultimately decide whether the patient ...
The challenges
There are many challenges we face as dental technicians, living a healthy life, eating the right foods, exercising and getting plenty of sleep is a must. Long periods of concentration can be challengi...
3 out of 5
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Computer Science
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental Technician
The good things
What I like about dental tech is that you get to actually see and feel what you make. If you work for a prosthetist you get to (every once in a while) see the difference it makes when they put your ha...
The challenges
It is actually EXTREMELY challenging. You'll be expected to do multiple jobs at once (and not mix up who's job is whose), have sound knowledge of the oral structure and medical terms, be able to inter...
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What are the job opportunities for Dental Technicians?

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Job opportunities

Dental Technician jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
2.7%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists
Latest Dental Technician jobs on SEEK
Bendigo Health Care Group
Melbourne
Bendigo Health Community Dental Services (CDS) is seeking a casual Dental Prosthetist.
Link Health and Community Limited
Melbourne > Bayside & South Eastern Suburbs
Casual position for a customer service focused individual
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Andent
Melbourne > CBD & Inner Suburbs
We are currently seeking a passionate and energetic individual to join our team in the role of Dental Technician - Ceramist.
Private Advertiser
Brisbane > Western Suburbs & Ipswich
We are seeking an experienced Dental Technician to join our busy dental practice with onsite dental laboratory.
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