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Published on Mar 26, 2009
Performs any combination of following tasks to fabricate and repair dental appliances, according to DENTIST'S prescription, using handtools, molding equipment, and bench fabricating machines: Reads prescription and examines dental models and impressions to determine type of denture to be made or repaired applying knowledge of dental laboratory techniques. Fabricates full or partial dentures, using wax, plastic and plaster models, articulators, grinders, and polishers. Casts plastic or plaster models of dentures to be repaired. Selects and mounts replacement teeth in model to match color and shape of natural or adjacent teeth, using tooth color scales and tooth illustrations. Molds wax over denture setup to form contours of gums, using knives and spatula. Removes excess plastic and polishes surfaces of cast dentures, using grinding and polishing tools and ultrasonic equipment. Rebuilds denture linings to duplicate original thickness, contour, and color according to specifications. Tests repaired dentures for accuracy of occlusion, using articulator. Bends and solders gold and platinum wire to construct wire frames for dentures, using soldering gun and handtools. May confer with DENTIST to resolve problems in design and setup of dentures. May be designated according to type of denture fabricated as Dental Technician, Crown And Bridge; Dental Technician, Metal.