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Apprenticeship training course

Dental technician (integrated) (level 5)

Designing, manufacturing, modifying and repairing custom-made dental appliances.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Advise the prescribing dentist on appropriate dental devices based on dentist input, while recognising oral limitations and their effect on devices. Evaluate, for individual patients, the need for more complex treatment and seek advice from the dentist or more experienced Dental Technicians as appropriate.
  • Design, manufacture, assess, repair, modify and provide biomechanically sound custom- made dental devices in the following three areas: 1.Prosthetic Device Manufacture (Dentures) Design and manufacture complete and partial removable prosthesis, including the provision of custom made impression trays; 2.Conservation Device Manufacture (Crown/Bridge) Produce models and dies for conservation work, Design and manufacture single metallic and tooth coloured restorations, Create substructures for bridgework and apply tooth coloured materials for permanent restorations; 3.Orthodontic Device Manufacture (Braces) Produce models for Orthodontic case study purposes and appliance construction, Design and manufacture removable, functional and fixed orthodontic appliances.
  • Aware of the basic procedures used in design and manufacture of custom made devices (including CAD/CAM & IT Solutions).
  • Assess impressions, models and finished devices as well as the fitness for purpose of devices and propose alternatives where necessary, in line with patient prescription, and formally record these decisions as for MDD requirements.
  • Can review and Quality Assure the devices.
  • Aware of basic procedures for the use of implants, milling and precision attachments as used with various forms of custom made dental restorations.
  • Communicate effectively with and about patients, their representatives and the rest of the dental team. Handle complaints effectively and within GDC guidelines.
  • Manage safety, infection control and decontamination risks around the dental laboratory in keeping with current regulations.

Full information on Dental technician (integrated) (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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