Dental Laboratory Technology

The Dental Laboratory Technology program teaches the techniques and skills that enable graduates to fabricate artificial dental restorations, as prescribed by a licensed practicing dentist, and to function effectively in the dental laboratory.

student using fine sculpting denturesWith specialized hand instruments and equipment, the dental laboratory technician uses materials such as gypsum, waxes, acrylics, ceramics, and metals to fabricate complete and partial dentures, crowns, bridges, and orthodontic appliances. Many dental laboratory technicians specialize in crowns and bridges, dentures, or dental ceramics. They may be employed by dentists, commercial dental laboratories, schools of dentistry, or Veterans Administration hospitals. Companies manufacturing dental materials and equipment also employ technicians as sales representatives.

This curriculum includes courses in complete and partial denture techniques, crown and bridge techniques, ceramics, and orthodontic techniques. Students gain practical experience during their fifth semester of study when they are introduced to actual laboratory work through rotations to off-campus laboratory sites.

Graduates of the five-semester day program receive an Associate in Applied Science degree. Certificate options are available in Cast Partial Denture Techniques, Complete Denture Techniques, Crown and Bridge Techniques, and Dental Ceramic Techniques.

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The Dental Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission’s web address is:

Dental Lab Technology program at Durham Tech ranked top in country!
Oct. 17, 2017: The National Association of Dental Laboratories and the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology announced last week that the Dental Laboratory Technology Program at Durham Tech is ranked No. 1 among all 14 accredited dental lab programs in the U.S. in performance on the Recognized Graduate Examination. The Dental Laboratory Technology program is the only accredited program in surrounding states. Read the press release.

Exposure Control Information: College employees and students participating in the Health Technologies and related programs at Durham Tech may be involved in tasks that include direct contact with blood, body fluids, or tissues. These employees and students should have a thorough knowledge of the Durham Tech exposure control plan, as well as the exposure control plans at the clinical sites where they may work or perform clinical rotation. Appropriate protective measures must be taken to reduce the risk of exposure to infectious disease. Read more in the program requirements section.