Dental Lab Technician – Denture tech

Job Title: Set Up Technician-Dentures

Shift: Days                        

Education: High School Diploma or equivalence

Compensation: $20 – $35 hourly

 

Description: The Set Up Technician is required to read, comprehend, and fill the prescription provided by the dentist.

 

The instructions are used in conjunction with articulated casts of the patient’s mouth to replace one or all missing teeth with prosthetic denture teeth.

 

The technician must have a good working knowledge of technical terminology, tooth morphology, physiology, and know all of the anatomical land marks necessary to achieve a balanced and functional tooth arrangement.

 

Reporting: Department Managers

 

Appraisal/Review: Bi-Yearly

 

Responsibilities:

 

       1.   Read the Rx

       2.   Problem solve

       3.   Think independently and critically

       4.   Make decisions

       5.   Ask questions when uncertain

       6.   Follow oral and written instructions/directions

       7.   Follow all current and future policies and procedures

       8.   Accurately use millimeter ruler

       9.   Properly use all instruments and equipment

       10. Be able to work independently and in teams

       11. Keep work area organized free of debris and clutter

       12. Order supplies according to policies set in place

Criteria for Setting Teeth

 

  • Teeth selected must be of the correct size and mold for the case being set up
  • They must be set in the correct labial contour
  • They must be set to the correct long axis, gingival lengths, and contours.
  • Incisal length must match abutment teeth
  • Anterior must be set up with 2mm overjet and 1mm overbite
  • Posterior teeth must be set in a cusp to fossa relationship meaning upper-lingual cusps contacting the lower-central fossa
  • Technicians setting dentures must know the correct cusp angle on posterior teeth and know which tooth is supposed to be used on each particular case
  • Cusp angles are to be determined by the remaining anatomical ridge (i.e. 0, 5, 15)
  • All denture set ups must be set in working and balanced occlusion
  • Denture and partial set ups must have group function

Skill Levels for Set Up Technicians

 

Skill Level 1:

  • Must be able to set teeth on repairs and flippers
  • Must be able to set teeth on cast partials and acrylic partials
  • Must be able to set and prep teeth on flexible partials
  • Supervisor will pre-select teeth or approve selected teeth before set up

 

Skill Level 2:

  • Must be able to set teeth on single unit/1×14 dentures
  • Must be able to set flat-plane teeth
  • Must be able to set teeth in lingualized occlusion
  • Must be able to set anatomical and characterized set ups
  • Must be able to set teeth in working and balanced occlusion
  • Must be able to select correct size and mold for each case
  • Must be able to set teeth on precision attachment partials
  • Must be able to set teeth obtaining group function
  • Plus production

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Skill Level 3:

  • Must be able to set teeth on 1×28/upper and lower dentures
  • Must be able to set teeth on implant overdentures
  • Must understand facial anatomy and physiology
  • Plus production

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