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Overview of the role

Assisting dental technicians, who design, make, modify and repair custom made dental devices.

Reference Number: ST0110

Details of standard

Role/occupation

Dental Laboratory Assistant

Level

3

Duration of Apprenticeship

Minimum 18 months

Role profile

To complement the role of Dental Technicians who design, manufacture, modify and repair custom-made

dental devices. It is recognised that many dental laboratories have opportunities for individuals who will assist, under supervision, in the manufacture of dental devices. This pathway is designed to be the initial stage leading to the role of assistant and giving the opportunity for entry to higher qualifications that develop individuals for professional registration with the General Dental Council (GDC) - http://www.gdc- uk.org/Pages/default.aspx

During the apprenticeship Dental Laboratory Assistants will develop basic competency in core laboratory skills before focusing on specific areas of employment.  This includes primary stages in the manufacture of a range of dental devices, and may extend to one part of the manufacturing process in a dental laboratory, which may include crowns, bridges, dentures or orthodontics appliances.

Working as part of the Dental Team, Dental Laboratory Assistants will need to have knowledge of industrial regulations, health and safety compliance and meet communication standards. Dental Laboratory Assistants will always work under direct supervision of a registered and qualified Dental Technician who will be responsible for their work.

Competencies

Knowledge

The Dental Laboratory Assistant will have knowledge of:

Oral Anatomy

The basic understanding of normal dental/oral anatomy and physiology.

Material Selection and uses

The principles regarding the use of basic materials in the manufacture custom made dental devices.

The Dental Team

A thorough understanding of the role of Dental Technicians and other dental team members in patient management.

Health and Safety Compliance and associated regulatory requirements

The appropriate Health and Safety guidance related to the Dental Laboratoryworkplace and how to follow these.

How to utilise appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

The need for compliance with the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and associated GDC guidelines such as Standards for Dental Professionals, Scope of Practice and Team working.

 

Skills

The Dental Laboratory Assistant will be able to:

Appropriate Device Process

Recognise manufacturing requirements and meet the clinical standards for custom made dental devices, referring for advice from the Dental Technician as appropriate.

Device Manufacture

Assist Dental Technicians with some primary manufacturing stages, repairs, and modifications of conservation, prosthetic and orthodontic custom made dental devices, in line with individual patient prescriptions provided by the dentist, as defined in the following three areas:

1.   Prosthetic Device Manufacture (Dentures)

Produce basic Casts/ Models fabricated accurately for prosthetic areas of appliance manufacture.

Produce occlusal rims and bases for complete and partial removable prosthetic cases.

Produce simple upper and lower special impression trays for actual patient cases.

Set up a full upper to existing lower and a full lower to existing upper case.

Set up a simple temporary partial prosthesis. Repair a simple fractured removable prosthesis.

Convert wax try-in dentures to a hard denture base by a conventional method.

2. Conservation Device Manufacture (Crown and Bridge)

Produce simple single tooth shaped restorations in wax.

Produce a simple temporary restoration in a tooth coloured material. Create a post and core substructure.

Produce a component related to a conservation restoration ready for quality assurance review.

3. Orthodontic Device Review (Braces)

Produce models for appliance construction.

Manufacture the basic wire components of a removable orthodontic appliance. Produce a simple orthodontic retainer.

Manufacture tooth whitening stents, gum shields and similar items to the prescription and for Quality Assurance by the Dental Technician.

Communication 

Communicate effectively in the dental laboratory in both written and spoken word and is aware of the importance of good communication within the dental team and dental laboratory personnel.

Decontamination & Infection Control

 

Manage safety and decontamination risks around the laboratory by carrying out decontamination and infection control procedures, whilst taking into account their effect on materials.

 

Knowledge

The Dental Laboratory Assistant will have knowledge of:

Oral Anatomy

The basic understanding of normal dental/oral anatomy and physiology.

Material Selection and uses

The principles regarding the use of basic materials in the manufacture custom made dental devices.

The Dental Team

A thorough understanding of the role of Dental Technicians and other dental team members in patient management.

Health and Safety Compliance and associated regulatory requirements

The appropriate Health and Safety guidance related to the Dental Laboratoryworkplace and how to follow these.

How to utilise appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.

The need for compliance with the Medical Devices Directive (MDD) and associated GDC guidelines such as Standards for Dental Professionals, Scope of Practice and Team working.

 

Behaviours

What is required

Continuing Personal Development

Proactive in their own development, willing to commit to lifelong learning and improvement.

Ethical/Legal Awareness

Recognise and act within GDC standards, ethical guidance, information governance and relevant laws.

Collaboration

Willing to give and receive feedback effectively and tactfully within the wider dental team.

Responsibility & Integrity

Ready to take responsibility for integrity of completed work, although to understand that ultimate responsibility will lie with the Dental Technician.

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Most candidates will have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths. Employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above (or approved equivalent) must ensure that the candidate achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.

Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma in Dental Technology

Link to professional registration

On completion of this apprenticeship the apprentice can enter onto a Higher Apprenticeship. Completion of the higher apprenticeship enable individuals to register with the General Dental Council as a qualified Dental Technician.

Review

The apprenticeship should be reviewed after a maximum of 3 years.


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Status: Approved for delivery
Level: 3
Reference: ST0110
Approved for delivery: 26 March 2015
Route: Health and science
Typical duration: 18 months
Maximum funding: £5000
Trailblazer contact(s): mustafa@genixhealthcare.com
Employers involved in creating the standard: Genix Healthcare, 211 Dental – Ravi Rattan, 543 Dental, Bupa Dental Services, Den Dental, Integrated Dental Holdings (IDH), Oasis Healthcare, Rodericks Dental, Smile Care Group, Smile Impressions Ltd, Association of Dental Groups, Aesthetic Dental Laboratory, Acodent Dental Laboratory, CosTech Elite, Knight Dental Design, Optimum Dental Laboratories, PDS Dental Laboratory Leeds Ltd, S4S Dental Laboratory, SB Dental Laboratory Limited, Sparkle Dental Labs Ltd, Dental Technologists’ Association, Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
EQA Provider: Ofqual considering