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About Dental Prosthesis
Dental Prosthesis is an artificial appliance which is used as a substitution for the replacement of teeth. In certain conditions of missing teeth the empty space between teeth can lead to teeth shift to compensate for the space. Crooked teeth can further cause tooth decay and periodontal diseases that can ultimately lead to teeth loss. Thus prosthesis is one of the finest dental treatment measures for this problem.
Types of Dental Prosthesis : For treating the dental problem of empty space between teeth there are mainly three types of Dental Prosthesis:
Single Prosthesis : this is a type of prosthesis which is used for treating the oral problem of replacing one or two missing teeth. Every prosthetic tooth attaches to its own implant in this procedure.
Partial Prosthesis : this is a type of prosthesis that is used for replacing two or more teeth. This is one of the most commonly performed implant procedure and may require only two or three implants as done by the dentist and other specialists.
Complete Prosthesis : number of implants varies under this implant procedure depending upon the type of prosthesis as under this procedure all the teeth in upper or lower jaw are replaced.
There are three options for dental prosthesis :
Removable Dentures : these are the least expensive of the three options and initially are esthetically pleasing.
Tooth Supported Fixed Bridge : these are the better option than removable dentures as they can be removed only with the help of dental specialist. They also provide better chewing ability they also require less maintenance as well.
Dental Implant Support Bridge : dental implants provide a solid anchor for teeth which stimulate bone growth and these are the most esthetically pleasing and the most expensive of all.
Scope of Dental Prosthesis
Job description for dental technicians includes constructing various appliances such as removable and fixed prosthesis including dentures, bridges, crowns, retention plates post orthodontic braces removal etc. They generally work directly with the dentists by following detailed written instructions from the dentist or the orthodontist. They use molds as replica of teeth for construction of crowns, bridges or false teeth. For creating these prostheses, dental technicians work with different materials like wax, stainless steel, porcelain as well as with gold and other metals. Nowadays, there is growing popularity for dental technicians to construct prosthesis which are metal free and aesthetic. They require qualities similar to that of a carver, as most of their work involves carving and shaping with tools like drills, presses, lathes and high heat furnaces for creating each prosthetic device. So basically, the dental technician job description includes making:
Full and partial dentures for patients who are missing all or some of their teeth
Crowns to restore root canal treated teeth
Veneers to enhance aesthetics and functions
Various orthodontic treatment appliances and splints, to help straighten and protect teeth
A dental technician job description ensures flexibility and independence. Dental laboratory technicians can find well paid jobs, in accordance with their skills and knowledge. The services of a dental technician will always be needed. As life expectancy increases, the number of elderly people requiring prosthesis is continually increasing. There is always the added advantage of the satisfaction of providing a valued health care service to patients, along with boosting their self image.
In recent years, there is an increase in opportunities for people with a dental lab technician job description. Cosmetic dentistry is in demand due to advancement in technology and materials. The average commercial dental laboratory employs anywhere from two to two hundred technicians. Hence, there is a wide scope for employment. Besides laboratories, employment opportunities are also available in dental schools, hospitals and companies that specialize in making dental prosthesis materials.
The dental technician job description can not be complete without mentioning the salary. However, there is no fixed salary, and it usually depends on the skills of the dental technician and the place of employment. Dental laboratory technicians can earn salaries equal to other health care professionals with similar qualifications and expertise. Also, experienced technicians can choose to open up their own laboratory for greater independence and more income.
Thus, this is a comprehensive dental technician job description. So, if you have always wanted a career in dental care, and are blessed with hands like a surgeon and eyesight like a hawk, then a dental technicians job is just for you!