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Dental technology (ordinary degree)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate
  • CAO Course Code: TR803
  • No. of Places: 6
  • Min Entry Points for 2013: 410 points
  • Duration: 3 Year(s) Full Time
  • Award: B.Dent.Tech.
  • Specific Entry Requirements: See requirements
  • Restricted Entry:

    This is a restricted entry course. Applications must be submitted by 1 February 2015.

    Applicants will receive a questionnaire in March to be completed and returned.

  • How to apply: See how to apply

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Course overview

This three-year course is designed to give you a high level of understanding and technical skills in all of the basic disciplines of dental technology. You will get a good background in the relevant material science and learn how to accurately cast dental alloys, make porcelain restorations and create high-quality dental appliances. The main aim of this course is to educate and train students to become part of the dental team for the planning, designing and fabrication of intra-oral appliances. You will be integrated with undergraduate Dental science students for some elements of the course to ensure effective teamwork throughout the dental profession.

Is this the right course for you?

As a dental technologist, you will be working as part of the dental team fabricating prosthetic dental devices. Therefore, if you have an interest in oral health, are creatively minded and possess good manual dexterity skills, you may be suited to this course.

Course content

Based in the Dublin Dental University Hospital at Trinity, this course includes lectures and practicals in the basic sciences and in all aspects of laboratory techniques and technology. In the third year, you will be based in a dental laboratory, both to learn laboratory management and to develop your technical skills.

First year

  • Fixed prosthodontics and occlusion and function
  • Complete and removable partial denture technology
  • Orthodontics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Second year

  • Complete denture technology
  • Removable partial dentures
  • Fixed prosthodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Materials science
  • Business studies

Third year

  • Complete and removable partial denture technology
  • Fixed prosthodontics
  • Orthodontic technology
  • Dissertation

Assessment

Continuous assessment in the practical aspects of your work is combined with end-of-year written examinations in years one and two. In year three you will undertake production work for patients and record this experience in a log diary. In addition you will undertake a literature review and dissertation.

Career opportunities

This course allows you to pursue a career as a dental technologist working in a dental laboratory, become a dental laboratory owner; teach dental technology; partake in further studies - dental materials science or research. It would also assist you in becoming a representative for a dental materials/equipment company or to move into forensic work. Dental technology gives scope to work and travel abroad.

Further information

www.dentalhospital.ie/education

E-mail: catherine.gorman@dental.tcd.ie

Tel: + 353 1 612 7256

Specific Entry Requirements

Leaving CertificateA pass in English, mathematics and in four other subjects, one of which must be physics, chemistry, biology, agricultural science or physics/chemistry.
Of the six subjects presented two must be of a standard of at least grade C3 on ordinary Leaving Certificate papers. The remaining four subjects must be presented to a standard of at least grade D3 on ordinary Leaving Certificate papers.

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