Dental Mechanics work under dentists.Dental mechanics assist dentists to diagnose dental problems of patients and make dental ceramics for them.Dental mechanics are trained to design dental accessories and help dental surgeons during surgeries. After completion of the course, the students can either pursue higher studies (Post graduate diploma) or look for suitable job opportunities.
Dental Mechanics can find jobs in following sectors:
Dental hospitals (full time or part-time in both government and private sectors),
Dental ceramic agencies,
Can practice privately on the recommendation of a qualified dentist.
A dental technologist/technician/Mechanics is a member of the dental team who, upon prescription from a dental clinician, constructs custom made restorative and dental appliances.
There are four major disciplines within dental technology. These are fixed prosthesis including crowns, bridges and implants; removable prosthesis, including dentures and removable partial dentures; maxillofacial prosthesis, including ocular prosthesis and craniofacial prosthesis; and orthodontics and auxiliaries, including orthodontic appliances and mouthguards
Applicants will have to pass their higher secondary with a minimum of 50% with Science subjects (Physics, Biology, and Chemistry). Some institutes conduct entrance examinations to screen the students further whereas in some, admissions are based on merit basis.
Colleges that offer dental mechanic courses:
- Government Dental College – Thiruvananthapuram
- Dr. Ahmed Dental College & Hospital – Kolkata
- Punjab Government Dental College & Hospital – Amritsar
- SCB Medical College, Dental Wing – Odisha
- Dental College – Kozhikode
- Government Dental College & Hospital – Ahmedabad
- Patna Dental College & Hospital – Bankipur, Patna
- H.P. Government Dental College & Hospital – Shimla
- Tamil Nadu Government Dental College & Hospital
- Institute of Medical Sciences – Varanasi
- Department of Dental Surgery, J.N. Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University – Uttar Pradesh
- Government Dental College & Hospital – Mumbai
- Government Dental College – Bangalore
- Government Dental College & Hospital – Afzalganj
- Government Dental College, Rohtak
- Dental Wing of U.P. King George University of Health Sciences – Varanasi