Dental Technology program is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the art and science of fabricating corrective devices and replacements for natural teeth and supporting tissues. The dental technologist is a craftsperson who is an essential member of the dental health-care team. The technologist, working to the prescription of a qualified dental practitioner, is responsible for the construction of dental prostheses and appliances used to improve the well-being of the patient.
Dental Technologists are valuable members of the dental care team. They perform laboratory functions related to the clinical treatment of patients. They receive instructions from dental surgeons by following written prescriptions and using impressions of the patient’s teeth and soft tissue to fabricate dentures, crowns, bridges, dentures and orthodontic appliances. They are creative and artistic to obtain a satisfactory product.
The prostheses they construct will restore the aesthetics and functions for chewing and speech of the patient. Dental Technologists are skilled and competent in laboratory functions supporting the dental surgeons in the clinical management pf patients. They often assess the need of the patient alongside the dental surgeon in the clinic.
Prospective students must have a high degree of technical ability and manual skills along with scientific knowledge and a degree of artistry. They should also possess good hand-eye co-ordination and colour perception, dexterity in using small instruments, patience in attending to minute details and an interest in learning about the underlying material sciences.
Throughout the 3-year program, students gain skills in communication, understanding and application of anatomy, dental asepsis, workplace relations, laboratory procedures and employment skills for a professional environment. Practical laboratory work is emphasized to prepare the student for employment.