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Dental technology is a growing sector that offers a wide range of significant career opportunities both in New Zealand and internationally.
A dental technologist (also known as a dental technician) is a highly skilled professional who specialises in the design, construction, repair and adjustment of a wide range of dental technologies.
Dental technologists focus on five key areas:
- Restoring natural teeth through the use of crowns, inlays and veneers
- Replacing teeth via bridges, dentures and implants
- Oral reconstruction
- Orthodontic correction via braces, trays and mouth guards
- Orthognathic adjustment, ie jaw realignment
Dental technologists work closely with practitioners such as dentists and dental prosthetists, and apply a wide range of techniques that include plaster casting, electro-spot welding, metal casting and polishing, wax modelling, ceramics, wire bending, electroplating and sandblasting.
Graduates with the Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech) degree are automatically entitled to register with the New Zealand Dental Council.
A variety of degree-level programmes will enable a career in the dental technology sector: