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Dental Laboratory Technicians


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Work Environment

Dental laboratory technicians normally work in dental or optical laboratories and occasionally in examination and dispensing offices.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $25,573 - $258,025


Dental laboratory technicians construct and repair dentures and other dental appliances including crowns, bridges, partial dentures, pre- and post-oral and maxillofacial surgical devices, and orthodontic appliances in a laboratory. Although dental technicians seldom work directly with patients, they provide a valued healthcare service by working with dentists to improve patient health and appearance.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Job training for dental laboratory technicians consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction including practice with dental appliances. Training content may include:

  • Making and repairing dental devices
  • Laboratory operating procedures
  • Basic principles and techniques of dental care

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to follow detailed instructions and work procedures
  • Ability to use precision tools and instruments
  • Interest in work requiring attention to detail
  • Interest in working with oneÕs hands

Related Civilian Careers

  • Prosthodontists