Dental Technology

B.Dent.Tech. Ordinary Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 7)
3 Years Full-Time
6 Places
CAO Points 409 (2023)
CAO Code TR803


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, implants, maxillofacial and orthodontic appliances 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 a changing field, with more emphasis on the use of CAD (Computer Aided Design) / CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) in the laboratory.

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 at Trinity

Trinity is the only university in Ireland offering a degree in Dental Technology. The course is based in the Dublin Dental University Hospital, near the Trinity campus, with state-of-the-art facilities, including CAD CAM machines for fabricating dental appliances in close proximity to the clinical 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 University 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 first and second years, a Dental Technology student will spend much of their time (between six and eight three-hour sessions per week) in the DDUH teaching laboratory. The course is very much hands-on right from the start. Student numbers are small, 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 third year, students are assigned to the production laboratory for experience in providing a service to patients and clinicians. 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 attend in the clinic to observe their completed 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 year modules covered include:

  • Fixed Prosthodontic Technology and Occlusion and Function.
  • Complete and Removable Partial Denture Technology.
  • Orthodontic Technology.
  • Physics.
  • Chemistry.

Second year modules covered include:

  • Fixed Prosthodontic Technology.
  • Complete Denture Technology.
  • Orthodontic Technology.
  • Removable Partial Denture Technology.
  • Materials Science.
  • Business Studies.

Third year modules covered include:

  • Fixed Prosthodontic Technology.
  • Complete Denture and Removable Partial Denture Technology.
  • Orthodontic Technology.
  • Dissertation.

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There are QQI/FET routes available for this course. Please see for details.

Study in the School of Dental Science at Trinity

Overview of the undergraduate programmes in the School of Dental Science at Trinity College Dublin, delivered by Derek Sullivan.

Course Details


B.Dent.Tech. Ordinary Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 7)

CAO Information

CAO Points 409 (2023) CAO Code TR803

Number of Places

6 Places
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Admission Requirements

Leaving Certificate:

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.

Mature Students:

Applications may also be considered from mature applicants who do not satisfy the academic entry requirements but can demonstrate appropriate experience relevant to the course.

All offers of admission to this course are made subject to participants passing Trinity's health screening requirements. For more information, visit:

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting, for further details see:

Students are required to purchase an instrument kit, which costs approximately €700.

Course Fees

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