Appropriate Device Selection: Advise the prescribing dentist on appropriate dental devices based on dentist input, while recognising oral limitations and their effect on devices. Evaluate, for individual patients, the need for more complex treatment and seek advice from the dentist or more experienced Dental Technicians as appropriate.
Device Manufacture: Design, manufacture, assess, repair, modify and provide biomechanically sound custommade dental devices in the following three areas:
1.Prosthetic Device Manufacture (Dentures): Design and manufacture complete and partial removable prosthesis, including the provision of custom made impression trays
2.Conservation Device Manufacture (Crown/Bridge): Produce models and dies for conservation work
Design and manufacture single metallic and tooth coloured restorations
Create substructures for bridgework and apply tooth coloured materials for permanent restorations.
3.Orthodontic Device Manufacture (Braces): Produce models for Orthodontic case study purposes and appliance construction Design and manufacture removable, functional and fixed orthodontic appliances
Digital Manufacturing Procedures: Aware of the basic procedures used in design and manufacture of custom made devices (including CAD/CAM & IT Solutions).
Device Assessment: Assess impressions, models and finished devices as well as the fitness for purpose of devices and propose alternatives where necessary, in line with patient prescription, and formally record these decisions as for MDD requirements
Can review and Quality Assure the devices
Implants and attachments: Aware of basic procedures for the use of implants, milling and precision attachments as used with various forms of custom made dental restorations
Communication: Communicate effectively with and about patients, their representatives and the rest of the dental team. Handle complaints effectively and within GDC guidelines.
Decontamination & Infection Control: Manage safety, infection control and decontamination risks around the dental laboratory in keeping with current regulations
Oral Anatomy: Normal dental/oral anatomy and physiology.
Dental devices and combating oral problems: How design of custom-made devices can contribute to restoration of functionality as well as prevention of oral disease/further decline.
Manufacturing Procedures: The procedures used in design and manufacture of custom made devices - dentures, crowns, bridges, orthodontic (including Computer Aided Design (CAD)/ Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) & IT Solutions).
Material Selection: The principles regarding the selection and use of materials for use in custom made dental devices.
The Dental Team and Professionalism: The role of Dental Technician and other dental team members in management and leadership, professionalism and communication.
Medical Devices Directive & GDC Guidelines: Compliance with the Medical Devices Directive Council 93/42/EEC (MDD), GDC standards for Dental Team, Scope of practice http://www.gdcuk.org/Newsandpublications/Publications/Publications/StudentFtPApril10web_260310[1 ].pdf
Continuing Personal Development: Proactive in their own development, willing to commit to lifelong learning by use of a Personal Development Plan (PDP), personal reflection and continuous improvement.
Ethical/Legal Awareness: Recognise and act within GDC standards, ethical guidance, information governance and relevant laws.
Collaboration: Willing to give and receive feedback effectively and tactfully within the wider dental team; takes responsibility for establishing personal networks with dental professionals, specialists and other relevant individuals and organisations.
Responsibility & Integrity: Ready to take responsibility for integrity of completed work.
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices. Most candidates will have A levels or existing relevant Level 3 qualifications. Other relevant or prior experience may also be considered as an alternative. Employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above (or approved equivalent) must ensure that the candidate achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.
Professional Qualifications / Recognition
Level 5 Foundation Degree Science in Dental Technology
On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice can apply to register with the General Dental Council as a Dental Technician, by virtue of an acceptable qualification accredited by the GDC.
Note: To meet the requirements for registration the competencies and associated curriculum will be used in conjunction with the learning outcomes detailed in the GDC document ‘Preparing for Practice.’(http://www.gdcuk.org/newsandpublications/publications/publications/gdc learning outcomes.pdf)
The education and training providers must be compliant with the GDC Standards, Student fitness to practice and requirements for providers of education and training programmes.
Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.";