Constructs oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking and to improve appearance.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Replaces missing teeth and associated oral structures with permanent fixtures, such as crowns and bridges, or removable fixtures, such as dentures.
- Fits prostheses to patients, making any necessary adjustments and modifications.
- Designs and fabricates dental prostheses, or supervises dental technicians and laboratory bench workers who construct the devices.
- Measures and takes impressions of patients' jaws and teeth to determine the shape and size of dental prostheses, using face bows, dental articulators, recording devices, and other materials.
- Collaborates with general dentists, specialists, and other health professionals to develop solutions to dental and oral health concerns.
- Repairs, relines, or rebases dentures.
- Restores function and aesthetics to traumatic injury victims, or to individuals with diseases or birth defects.
- Uses bonding technology on the surface of the teeth to change tooth shape or to close gaps.
- Treats facial pain and jaw joint problems.
- Places veneers onto teeth to conceal defects.