You’ve worked hard to achieve your goals and build your dental practice. In addition to the years you sacrificed for dental school, every year you dedicate time to continuing education to keep your skills sharp and updated so that your patients can receive the best possible care. Isn’t it reasonable to expect a similar dedication to excellence from those you collaborate with? Shouldn’t you hold your dental lab to a high standard as well? In this blog post, you’ll learn about what to look for in the people who work at your dental lab.
Importance of a Certified Dental Technician
Unfortunately, not all dental laboratories have certified dental technicians (CDTs); however, those that do are more likely to produce high quality products much more consistently. As a result, the odds of necessary rework or fake-looking restorations is kept to a minimum. Just as your patients shouldn’t trust a dental professional who has not earned the proper training and proficiency, you should look for a dental lab that hires qualified individuals to handle your patients’ cases.
Becoming a Certified Dental Technician
In order to be an official CDT with the National Board of Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology, a candidate must take and pass a written comprehensive exam to show the breadth of their knowledge, a written specialty exam, and a hands-on practical exam in the same specialty all within a four-year period.
Specialties of Certified Dental Technicians
Here are the fields of expertise CDTs can specialize in:
- Complete dentures. Professionals in this specialty excel at creating smiles from scratch and customize the set of teeth and acrylic gum base to look and feel as natural as possible.
- Partial dentures. Getting the spacing and color correct can be a challenge with partial dentures, but additional training and experience help CDTs fabricate the perfect partial denture.
- Crown and bridge. These restorations may be commonplace, but getting the small, customized details right can make all the difference.
- Ceramics. Thin porcelain veneers and other ceramic materials need to look just like natural enamel, meaning your dental lab needs to have CDTs with an eye for precision.
- Orthodontics. When altering the alignment of teeth, every tiny adjustment counts. Fabricating clear aligners requires a detail-oriented, skilled CDT to ensure that the treatment plan stays on track.
- Implants. Implant-retained restorations come with their own set of difficulties, but a highly trained CDT can work with you to make sure the entire process goes smoothly for you and your patients.
The next time you need to order a restoration or oral appliance for a patient, be sure that the technicians have proven their skills and knowledge. That way, you are sure to get consistently excellent results and happy patients.
About the Author
Owner and operator of Perfect Impressions, Gail Johnson has been a CDT since 1986, in addition to being a proud L.D. Pankey alumnus. She is also a Level 4 graduate of OBI Foundation of Bioesthetic Dentistry. Gail and her team take a collaborative approach to ensure that every product meets each patient’s unique needs. If you have questions about the technicians at Perfect Impressions, you can contact Gail by clicking here.