Dental Technician

A dental technician is a professional whose main activity is the manufacture of dental prostheses.

What a specialist does

Dentists are an ancient profession, but a dental technician as a separate unit has appeared recently.

The main activity of a dental technician is the manufacture of dental crowns, various designs of bridges, maxillofacial and orthodontic structures, clasp and removable lamellar dentures. The doctor, together with the patient, selects both materials and the necessary structures. First, he makes a cast of the jaw, according to which he designs a model for further production of the prosthesis.

Modern technologies and materials make it possible to make prostheses close to the appearance of real teeth. The main task of a dental technician is to create a prosthetic structure that is aesthetically beautiful, comfortable and functional.

Everyone has a unique jaw structure, therefore it is simply not possible to produce prostheses in a streaming manner. The technician works in a duet with an orthopedic dentist, and the result directly depends on the quality and level of actions of each.

A dental technician is very concerned about his reputation and tries to perform his main duties as efficiently and responsibly as possible. High-quality services of an experienced technician are always in demand. In his work, the doctor uses the following professional equipment: a grinding machine, a casting unit, a vacuum pump, devices for spraying and welding, a sandblaster, a wax melter, and a melting furnace.

Of the main qualities of a dental technician, it is worth noting mental and physical endurance, good concentration of attention, observation, perseverance, accuracy, attentiveness and sensitivity to people, empathy. It is contraindicated to work as dental technicians for people who suffer from skin diseases, vision diseases, speech and hearing disorders, the work of the central nervous system, mental ailments, allergic, infectious diseases.

What is the job

Dental technician is a technical and somewhat creative profession. The technician works with the obtained casts of the patient's oral cavity. In his work, he talks with the patient about what kind of teeth he would like for himself, calculates the cost and gets to work. After receiving the cast, the doctor goes to his equipped laboratory and starts designing. To produce a model, you need to be able to draw well, to master the skills of 3D modeling.

The next step is the selection of materials, the choice of the required color of the top layer, and the determination of the type of dentures. The selected prosthesis is equipped with certain fixtures, and at the final stage, grinding and polishing is performed. Most often, the casts are taken by an orthopedic dentist, and the technician meets with the client only during the fitting and fitting of finished dental structures.

What problems should I see a doctor with

The main indications for which you need to see a doctor are:

  • teeth are worn pathologically - crowns and veneers are used;
  • advanced form of caries - the dentist cannot restore the tooth on his own, and the installation of crowns is necessary;
  • complete destruction of one or more teeth - using prosthetics through the use of pins;
  • the absence of one or more teeth - the use of fixed, removable structures, dental implants;
  • damage to a number of teeth - implants, crowns, etc. can be used.

The presence of teeth is an important component of human health. If teeth are missing, the work of the digestive tract, the work of the intestines is disturbed, and a number of other diseases develop. No wonder all nutritionists recommend chewing food as carefully as possible.

If, for one reason or another, a tooth has been completely extracted, it is recommended to contact a dental technician for further prosthetics.

Most often, patients aged 45+ turn to the services of a technician. Sometimes the services of the master are used by patients after accidents, jaw injuries, etc.

In other words, if it is not possible to restore the tooth from the root, or it is necessary to restore a whole row of teeth, the orthodontist is already powerless, and it is necessary to use the services of a technician.

Methods of treatment

A technician is engaged in the production of prostheses, which can be divided into three types: combined, fixed, removable. In turn, all these three types are divided into smaller subspecies, which depend directly on the materials used and the physiological characteristics of the patient. It is important to draw up an individual protocol correctly during the period of diagnosis and treatment.

There are a number of contraindications to prosthetics:

  • the presence of acute diseases of the body and oral cavity;
  • the process of recovery of the body after serious illness and surgery;
  • pregnancy;
  • after cancer treatment;
  • bad habits - especially drug use;
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  • the presence of inflammation of the jaw bones.

Common contraindications include anticancer drugs, diabetes, allergies, exhaustion, mental disorders.

Before visiting a dental technician, it is important to visit your attending dentist for a consultation and any necessary preparatory work. If necessary, the dentist may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs - in the presence of diseases of the oral cavity.

Remember, prosthetic services are not cheap, therefore, in order not to go to a dental technician, you need to carefully care for your teeth, carry out all hygiene procedures daily, and visit the dentist regularly. It is much easier and cheaper to prevent tooth decay than to restore it later. Be healthy!