A. Dental hygienists provide a process of dental care including assessment, preventive care, treatment, and evaluation.
B. Dental therapists working for government in rural and remote locations provide limited dental services including filling cavities and extracting teeth.
C. Dental technicians prepare and fabricate full and partial dentures/devices such as bridges, clasps and bands according to prescriptions from dentists/dental therapists.
D. Denturists examine patients, make impressions, design/construct dentures, and fit, modify, and repair dentures.
1. Health care and social assistance - 80.0%
2. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 17.0%
1. To work in this field, you must have a high school diploma and you usually need a college or university program in your specialty.
2. You may need licensing in your province or territory.
3. To be a dental hygienist, you need a two- to three-year college or university program or other approved program and you may need a licence in the province/territory where you'll work.
4. To be a dental technician, you need a college program in dental technology or four or more years of on-the-job training with a dental technician. Licensing is available but not mandatory in all provinces. In Quebec, you must be a member of the Ordre professionnel des techniciens et techniciennes dentaires du Québec.
5. To be a denturist, you need a college program and may need to complete an internship program. Licensing is mandatory.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.
The average hourly wages for Technical Occupations in Dental Health Care is $24.88/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.
1% of Technical Occupations in Dental Health Care are unemployed. This rate is below the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.