32112 – Dental technologists and technicians

Broad Occupation Category

3 - Health occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major Group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Broad Occupation Category

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Broad Occupation Category

3211 – Technical occupations in dental health care

Dental technologists and technicians design, prepare and fabricate dentures and dental devices as prescribed by dentists and other specialists. They are employed in dental laboratories. Dental technologists and technicians who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

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Example Titles

  • Dental technician

  • Dental technician supervisor

  • Dental technologist

  • Registered dental technician (RDT)

  • Registered dental technologist (RDT)

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Design, fabricate, modify or repair dental devices including full or partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, clasps and bands, and implants

  • Take dental impressions

  • Take and develop X-rays

  • Perform preventative dental procedures such as teeth cleaning, scaling, gum stimulation and fluoride and sealant applications

  • Provide oral care instructions such as oral hygiene procedures, strategies to maintain and improve oral health and on the impact of nutrition on oral health

  • Consult with dentists on patient care

  • May perform restorative and orthodontic procedures under the direction of a dentist

  • May supervise dental assistants in their health care functions

  • May participate in community- or school-based oral health initiatives such as oral screening.

Employment Requirements

  • Dental technologists and technicians are required to complete a college program in dental technology or four or more years of on-the-job training under the supervision of a registered dental technologist or technician.

  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for dental technologists and technicians in all provinces except in Manitoba and the territories.