Dental Technologists, Technicians and Laboratory Assistants

NOC 3223


Dental technologists and technicians design, prepare and fabricate dentures and dental devices as prescribed by dentists and other specialists. Dental laboratory assistants assist dental technologists and technicians in preparing and fabricating dentures and other dental devices. They are employed in dental laboratories. Dental technologists and technicians who are supervisors are included in this unit group.


  • Design, fabricate or repair dental devices including full or partial dentures, orthodontic appliances, crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, clasps and bands, and implants
  • Prepare plaster models and moulds from dental impressions
  • Prepare wax bite-blocks and impression trays
  • Cast gold or metal alloys for bridges and denture bases
  • Pack plastic material in moulds to form full or partial dentures
  • Mould wax over denture set-up to form full contours of artificial gums
  • Make orthodontic bands from gold, silver, stainless steel or other metals
  • Finish metal framework of dentures and polish and buff dentures to obtain natural finish
  • May consult with dentists or other specialists on problematic dental cases
  • May train and supervise other dental technicians and dental laboratory assistants in fabricating dentures and other dental devices
  • May perform administrative functions for the dental laboratory.

Other Titles

  • Dental technician supervisor
  • Dental prosthesis maker
  • Denture finisher
  • Orthodontic band maker
  • Ceramic denture caster
  • Orthodontic dental technician

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Attention to detail
  • Dexterity
  • Team work
  • Organization
  • Technology skills
  • Customer service
  • Reading & writing
  • Communication skills

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • For dental laboratory assistants, secondary school completion is usually required.
  • Most university/college programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • For dental technologists and technicians, a college program in dental technology OR four or more years of on-the-job training under the supervision of a registered dental technologist/technician is required


  • For dental technologists and technicians, registration with the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario,
  • For dental laboratory assistants, up to two years of on-the-job training is usually required.

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed as dental technologists, technicians and laboratory assistants are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW) Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR)
$40,375 $48,529 $39,817 $48,253

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
3391 Medical equipment and supplies manufacturing 60 60

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Health & BioScience Sector Report)

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