Dental technician

Alternative titles for this job include Dental technologist

Dental technicians design, make and repair the dental appliances used for improving patients' appearance, speech or ability to eat.

Average salary (a year)

£24,214 Starter

to

£43,772 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm

How to become a dental technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You could do a foundation degree or degree in dental technology approved by the General Dental Council.

You're likely to need a degree qualification to do advanced dental technology work.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level for a foundation degree 
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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College

You can do a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Technology, approved by the General Dental Council.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English, maths and science

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this role through a higher apprenticeship as a dental technician.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

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Work

You can work as a trainee dental technician with a practice and study part-time. This could take up to 5 years, depending on which qualification you do.

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Registration

  • You'll need to register with the GDC

Professional and industry bodies

You could join The Dental Technologists Association, for professional development and training opportunities.

Further information

You can get more details about how to become a dental technician from Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • design skills and knowledge
  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your tasks will depend on your specialism and could include:

  • orthodontics - creating plastic or metal devices, such as braces to straighten teeth
  • crown and bridge work - making items to cement in place
  • prosthetics - producing plastic dentures or implants

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

You could train as a healthcare scientist, specialising in reconstructive sciences, like maxillo-facial prosthetics through the NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP).

With experience you could set up your own laboratory, or work abroad.

In a commercial lab, you could become a senior or chief technician. Or you could move into quality control, sales or management. You could also become a teacher.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a dental technician right now.

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Courses In England

Dental Technology - BSc Degree (Top Up)

  • Provider: CITY OF LIVERPOOL COLLEGE
  • Start date: 09 September 2019
  • Location: LIVERPOOL

Dental Technology Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: BIRMINGHAM METROPOLITAN COLLEGE
  • Start date: 02 September 2019
  • Location: Birmingham

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