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A Dental Technologist is a trained specialist who provides a valuable service to dentists, denturists, and other health professionals. A Dental Technologist constructs, fabricates, designs, plans, and manufactures a variety, and range of custom made fixed or removable devices, which the dentist or clinical professional may prescribe. They repair, replace, and make alterations to both fixed or removable appliances that may have been broken, chipped, or need adjustment. This two year program provides the technical training for the fabrication of these appliances. Practical laboratory work is emphasized to better prepare the student for employment in this profession while offering an authentic approach to learning. All work is custom made, and requires specialized, integrated equipment, with specific and specialized materials.
Areas of study include:
- Mouth Guards
- Occlusal Rims
- Custom Impression Trays
- Fabrication of Partial Dentures
- Casting Alloys
- Relining & Rebasing Dentures
- Anatomical Tooth Carving
- Nightguards (Bruxism Appliances)
- T.M.J. appliances
- Model Preparations
- Crowns And Bridges
- Gold Inlays & Onlays
- Cast Partial Designs
- Orthodontic Appliances
- Custom Bleaching Trays
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Porcelain Fused to Metal Substructures
- Construction of Complete Dentures
- All Ceramic Restorations, Inlays, Onlays, Jackets &Veneers
*This course is only available at the grade 11 and 12 level.
Grade 11 (4 Credits) DETV30
Studies in Dental Technology include a close examination of the oral and cranial anatomy as well as the mechanics and movements of the jaw. A group study into the science of dental materials is also incorporated into the program. Students will design and fabricate a variety of removable orthodontic appliances. These include dentures, retainers, mouth guards, and partial dentures. Applicants must have completed Grade 10 and have a high degree of manual dexterity.
Grade 12 (4 Credits) DETV40
In this course, Dental Technology extends to the advanced levels including studies into specific oral anatomy and the function and morphology of teeth. An introduction into the field of Metallurgy is also explored. This program includes the study and the mechanics behind fixed restorations, this includes crowns, bridges, all ceramic restorations and a practical look at implants and attachments. Cosmetic Dentistry is explored to better prepare students as technologists in the future of esthetics. Students are also trained on the latest CAD/CAM technology. The advanced study of Dental Materials is also incorporated into this level.
Dental Technology Opportunities
Graduates can look forward to employment in or as specialized Technologists within:
- Fixed Restorations
- Removable Restorations
Possible Employment Opportunities:
- Dental Offices with Laboratories
- Denturist Clinics
- Dental Laboratories
- Dental Distributors
- Dental Sales
- Medical Establishments
- Dental Research and Development
- Materials Research Development
- Dental Education and Training
- Dental & Medical Receptionist
Graduates have also used the skills learned in this program to further their education in the fields of Dentistry, Denturist, Hygienist, Medical Practitioner, Pharmacist, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Medical Assistant, Radiology, and Pharmacy Technician. This is the only high school program of its kind in Canada. Practical work experience within a Dental laboratory or Dental office is offered at the Grade 12 level.