Medical and dental prosthetic technicians

Role Responsibilities

  • Examining, interviewing and measuring patients in order to determine their appliance needs, and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit
  • Conferring with medical and dental practitioners in order to formulate specifications and prescriptions for devices and appliances
  • Interpreting prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated, and the materials and tools that will be required
  • Making or receiving casts or impressions of patients' torsos, limbs, mouths or teeth for use as fabrication patterns
  • Designing and making orthotic and prosthetic devices using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand and power tools
  • Fitting appliances and devices to patients, testing and evaluating them, and making adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort
  • Repairing, modifying, and maintaining medical and dental prosthetic and supportive devices, according to specifications
  • Bending, forming and shaping fabric or material so that it conforms to prescribed contours needed to fabricate structural components
  • Fabricating full and partial dentures and constructing mouth guards, crowns, metal clasps, inlays, bridgework and other aids
  • Instructing patients in the use and care of prosthetic or orthotic devices

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