A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of dentists, to design and construct dental prostheses such as caps, crowns, bridges, dentures, splints, and orthodontic appliances. Includes instruction in dental anatomy, dental materials, ceramics technology, impressions, complete dentures, partial dentures, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, sculpture, bonding and assembly techniques, and equipment operation.

Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician Careers in Dentistry

A program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of dentists, to design and construct dental prostheses such as caps, crowns, bridges, dentures, splints, and orthodontic appliances. Includes instruction in dental anatomy, dental materials, ceramics technology, impressions, complete dentures, partial dentures, orthodontics, crowns and bridges, sculpture, bonding and assembly techniques, and equipment operation.

In short, the dental technician makes the prostheses and devices --- the caps, crowns, bridges, dentures, splints, and braces --- the particular practicing general dentist or specialist orthodontist, prosthodontist/maxillofacial prosthodontist, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon --- will place

Manual dexterity and a high school diploma are essential prerequisites for training and a career in dental technology

The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredits instructional programs in dental technology, in institutes of higher education like technical colleges, community colleges, vocational schools, universities, and dental schools. You can search for an accredited program in dental technology via the weblink at the American Dental Association

The American Dental Association currently accredits 24 programs in dental technology

According to the ADA, certification as a dental laboratory technician [Certified Dental Technician (CDT)] is possible by passing an examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology. According to the ADA, certified dental technicians specialize in one or more of six dental device areas: implants, complete dentures, removable partial dentures, crown and bridge, ceramics, or orthodontics.

The National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology posts details regarding certification here.

The American Dental Association says this about a career as a dental laboratory technician.

The ADA points to the flexibility, independence, and job security of being a dental technician as positives to the career. There is a routinely high level of creativity and personal fulfillment involved in being a dental technician as well

Inside Dental Technology, the respected trade publication of the profession, talks here about the evolving role of both the dental technician and technology in the dental practice.