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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

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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 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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Duration 2 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

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

Shortlisted applicants:

  • 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

3 out of 5Nov 2018
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...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
crown and bridge laboratory
The good things
Varied daily tasks, creative expression. Potential to provide life changing improvement for patients. Improving health and functionality for patients. Interesting work. Skills learned can be used in o...
The challenges
Dental Laboratories in Australia are suffering great pressures. Work is being sent overseas for cheap labour. Computer aided milling machines are doing the work of humans. Digital dental products are ...
2 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Dental care
The good things
No stress
The challenges
Difficult to find job. Need extensive experience and no body want to hire fresher.
2 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Dental Technology
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Ceramist
The good things
A very good occupation for people who like to travel, easy to find employment in any country with little knowledge of the language
The challenges
Make sure this is something you really want to do. Also explore which element of dentistry interests you most, eg. crown and bridge (ceramic) or prosthetic (dentures). Some other options are orthodont...
4 out of 5Oct 2018
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.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
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 5Oct 2018
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
4 out of 5Oct 2018
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 5Oct 2018
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...
1 out of 5Oct 2018
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
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What are the job opportunities for Dental Technicians?

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Job opportunities

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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
Pujari Pty Ltd atf Pujari Family Trust
Perth > Fremantle & Southern Suburbs
All in One dental, Spearwood is looking for a full -time technician to join our team . A min. of 2 year of experience is required.
Hampstead Dental
Melbourne
Part time Dental Technician for our in house lab at a busy, high end dental practice. Inner West of Melbourne
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Dentacast Australia Pty Limited
Sydney > South West & M5 Corridor
We are seeking an Acrylic Technician, who is able to work in a team environment. The position is full time. Experience is essential.
KOTRA Sydney
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
We are looking for a Full-time Dental Ceramist. If you are looking for a good career path to further your skills as a Dental Technician / Ceramist.
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