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"Most dentists rely on the dental technician to choose the materials needed for the fabrication of the prosthesis. With lack of adequate information, all too often the design, fabrication, and completion of the case is left up to the technician. Therefore, our results indicate an apparent trend to which technicians are left to make crucial decisions for dentists." Journal of Prosthodontics Vol 15. No 2 March-April 2006 pgs 123-28 Z. Afsharzand,DMD; B. Rashedi, DMD MSEd, MS; V. Petropoulos, DMD,MS
“The (ADA) Council on Dental Education and Licensure believes that the examination and certification of dental laboratory technicians is necessary to provide the dental profession with an indication of those persons who have demonstrated their ability to fulfill the dental laboratory work authorization.”
Challenges to Success
There is a lack of support for formal education for dental technicians.
Formal educational programs are expensive to administer
Formal educational programs are closing at a rapid rate
Number and Type of U.S. Allied Dental Programs: 1970 - 2006
Dentistry in the U.S. minimizes the importance of an educated and skilled dental technician.
Lack of standards encourages the export of dental device manufacturing.
Countries that require formal education and technician licensure
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungry, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales
Progress in Education
DLT education must be integrated back into dental schools.
DLT students and dental students should share the same basis for knowledge on the subject of dental laboratory technology.
DLT students and dental students should be introduced so that they can work together prior to graduation.
“ Most dentists don’t meet a technician until after they graduate and that’s criminal. The pre-clinical students and dental laboratory technology students are able to learn from each other, which helps them hone the skills they have and build new ones.”
Journal of Dental Technology June/July 2006, Bob Schneider, DDS, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Professor