Dental Technician

instructor showing dental work to student

Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 30-507-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August

About the Program

DESCRIPTION

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to manufacture dental restorations, including metal and ceramic crowns and bridges, and complete dentures. The curriculum also includes dental terminology, dental anatomy, occlusion, and computer-aided design (CAD) processes. Students will acquire skills through hands-on experience in MATC’s well-equipped dental laboratory.

An increasing demand for aesthetic dentistry, the aging population and an aging workforce contribute to employment opportunities.

Additional program details: Important skills include hand/eye coordination, manual dexterity, and the ability to use small hand instruments with precision. You also will need to be an independent worker.

After completing a work experience requirement, you may apply for certification by the National Board of Certification. For more information about a career as a dental technician, visit the following websites: National Association of Dental Laboratories at www.nadl.org or the American Dental Association at www.ada.org.

 


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instructor showing dental work to student

Dental Technician

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to manufacture dental restorations, including metal and ceramic crowns and bridges, and complete dentures. The curriculum also includes dental terminology, dental anatomy, occlusion, and computer-aided design (CAD) processes. Students will acquire skills through hands-on experience in MATC’s well-equipped dental laboratory.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) DLABT-102 Dental Anatomy ‡ 5
(1) DLABT-111 Introduction to Complete Dentures ‡ 5
(2) DLABT-121 Introduction to Crown and Bridge ‡ 5
(2) DLABT-128 All Ceramic Techniques 4
(2) ENG-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
3
TOTAL CREDITS 22

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Program Outcomes

  • Relate concepts of oral anatomy, morphology and occlusion to dental laboratory procedures
  • Manufacture dental restorations and prostheses such as dentures, crowns, bridges and all ceramics using analog and computer-aided design methods
  • Assume the role of the dental laboratory technician as a member of the dental healthcare team             
  • Observe infection control and environmental safety procedures

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist in commercial dental laboratories, laboratories in dental clinics and in-office laboratories. With experience, dental technicians can become department supervisors, laboratory managers and laboratory owners. Dental technicians also find employment as sales or manufacturers’ representatives. 

Possible Careers

Dental Ceramist
Dental Laboratory Technician
Dental Sales
Denturist (with additional training)
Dental Technician
Digital Restoration Designer
Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Owner (with experience)

Admission Requirements

  • High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

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Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation Academic & Career Pathway
414-297-8901, mctpathway@matc.edu

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 06/05/2020