What is a Dental Technician?
Dental technicians work in a laboratory which is usually remote from the dental clinic. Dental technicians work to the prescription of a dentist; they perform the laboratory aspects of dentistry – fabricating crowns and bridges, dentures, maxillofacial and orthodontic appliances, which are intended for use by the patient. Dental technicians have good manual dexterity skills and are required to work with different materials for the fabrication of the various appliances. Dental technology is changing with more emphasis on the use of CAD (Computer Aided Design)/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) in the laboratory. The restoration of dental implants has also become more commonly part of the daily routine of a dental technician.
Dental Technology: The course for you?
The study of dental technology will appeal to you if you are interested in science and art, combined with working in a team. If you have an interest in oral health and are simultaneously creatively minded then dental technology may be for you. A good background in basic sciences and a flair for art or good manual dexterity skills are essential to becoming an excellent dental technician. Dental technology also requires precise and scientific expression therefore, good writing skills are important.
Dental Technology @ Trinity
Trinity is the only university in Ireland offering a degree in Dental Technology. The course is based in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, on the Trinity campus, with state of the art facilities, emphasising the use of information technology such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) in a clinical laboratory environment. Class sizes are small, ensuring that students receive considerable staff contact and the staff are actively involved in student progress throughout the programme.
Graduate skills and career opportunities
This course provides students with a well-rounded education in all aspects of dental technology whilst also challenging their ability to problem-solve. A Dental Technology degree provides the best foundation for the aspiring dental technician who may progress to work in a laboratory or be self-employed. Dental Technology offers the scope to work and travel abroad. The Dublin Dental Hospital has recently introduced a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dental Technology; one of the prerequisites to securing a place on this course is a qualification in Dental Technology.
Your degree and what you’ll study
Dental Technology at Trinity is a three-year ordinary degree programme. Most of the teaching takes place in the Dublin Dental University Hospital (DDUH). The main aim of the course is to educate and train students to become part of the dental team for the planning, designing and fabrication of intra-oral appliances. Dental Technology is divided into four main areas – fixed prosthodontics, complete denture technology, removable denture technology and orthodontic technology. In the Junior Freshman (first) and Senior Freshman (second) years, a Dental Technology student will spend much of their time (6-8 x 3 hour sessions per week) in the DDUH teaching laboratory. The course is very much hands-on right from the start. Student numbers are small (6), which facilitates practical training of this nature. There is a strong emphasis on student integration with Dental Science students and some modules are integrated accordingly.
In the Junior Sophister (third) year, students are assigned to the production laboratory for experience in providing a service to patients. This offers a competitive advantage over graduates from many other universities. Liaison with the Dental Science students and clinical staff is encouraged and students are advised to spend time in the clinic to observe their complete work in situ. There is the opportunity for students to be placed in external laboratories and there is a possibility of Erasmus exchange in this year too. Students will be busy throughout the year preparing a dissertation, which is presented at the end of the year in addition to a case portfolio of the practical work which the student has carried out over the course of the year.
FIRST (JUNIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR
Fixed Prosthodontic Technology and Occlusion and Function
Complete and Removable Partial Denture Technology
SECOND (SENIOR FRESHMAN) YEAR
Fixed Prosthodontic Technology
Complete Denture Technology
Removable Partial Denture Technology
THIRD (JUNIOR SOPHISTER) YEAR
Fixed Prosthodontic Technology
Complete Denture and Removable Partial Denture Technology
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Contact: Course Administrator, Natalie McGettigan
Tel: +353 1 612 7361
For general admission requirements please click here
Applicants are required to present six subjects including English, Mathematics, and one of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science or Physics/Chemistry.
Of the six subjects presented, two must be of a standard of at least grade 4 on ordinary Leaving Certificate papers. The remaining four subjects must be presented to a standard of at least grade 6 on ordinary Leaving Certificate papers.
Applications may also be considered from mature applicants who do not satisfy the academic entry
Note: Students are required to purchase an instrument kit which costs approximately €650, this should strictly be paid for within 1 month of starting the course.
To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below