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Scope of Profession

Dental technicians/technologists manufacture custom made devices concerning the head and its cavities, mainly the oral cavity. These devices are manufactured in registered dental laboratories/ manufacturing facilities, by registered dental technicians/technologists on prescription from a dental clinician or other relevant medical clinician.

A dental technician is formally trained at a recognized institution to a NQF level 6 qualifications in dental technology, and is registered with the South African Dental Technicians Council.

prosthetic equipment

Devices/ appliances vary a great deal and may include fixed and removable orthodontic devices, non-metallic and metallic partial or full dentures; crowns, bridges and maxillo-facial prosthesis either tissue born, tooth born or implant supported as well as anti snoring, sleep apnea and headache or similar custom made devices.

Dental technicians/ technologists do not deal with the patient directly. After the completion of the dental/ medical or custom made devices, and final inspection by the dental technician or technologist, it is send to the relevant dental/ medical clinician who then custom fits the device

In South Africa there is a difference between the qualification of a dental technician and a dental technologist. The scope of practice for both are much the same, with some exceptions as indicated below.

Qualifications for a dental technician will include:

National Diploma in Dental Technology from a recognized South African institution. An approved overseas dental technology qualification, together with the successful (50% a pass) completion of a registration examination as prescribed by the SADTC.

A dental technologist is formally trained at a recognized institution to a NQF level 7 qualifications in dental technology, and is registered with the South African Dental Technicians Council. Qualifications for a dental technologist:

  • B-Tech degree in Dental Technology from a recognized South African institution.

For the purpose of the Scope of Profession the following qualifications will be considered the equivalent of a dental technologist:

  • A registration with SADTC after the successfully completion of registered apprenticeship plus 3 years appropriate post registration work experience.
  • Diploma: Dental Technology (SADTC) plus 3 years appropriate post registration work experience. Higher Diploma in Dental Technology from a recognized South African institution plus 3 years appropriate post registration work experience.
  • An approved overseas dental technology qualification, together with the successful (50% a pass) completion of a registration examination as prescribed by the SADTC.

Scope of Practice for Dental Technicians defined:

Qualified and registered dental technicians and dental technologists are the only persons who may do the work as described in the scope of practice as stipulated below. A dental technician may be employed to do the following work in a registered dental laboratory/ manufacturing facility, under the direct supervision of a dental technician contractor/dental technologist, a relevant dental clinician or appropriate clinical professional:

  • carry out infection control procedures to prevent physical, chemical and microbiological contamination in the laboratory/ manufacturing facility.
  • select appropriate materials for the design, manufacture and repair of fixed and removable custom made devices as prescribed by a relevant practicing dental clinician or other appropriate clinical professional.
  • design, plan and manufacture a range of custom-made fixed or removable custom made devices according to a written prescription or verbal instruction by a relevant practicing dental clinician or other appropriate clinical professional.
  • repair and modify fixed or removable custom made devices on the instruction of a relevant dental clinician or other appropriate clinical professional.
  • carry out shade taking if requested by a relevant practicing dental/medical clinician.
  • verify and take responsibility for the quality and safety of devices leaving the dental laboratory in as far as appropriate to the profession.
  • supervise a dental laboratory assistant.

Dental technicians may not:

  • be a dental technician contractor or supervise a registered dental laboratory/ manufacturing facility
  • perform clinical procedures or fit custom made devices
  • provide treatment for or give clinical advice to patients

Practice in this context goes wider than dental technology. It includes teaching, research and management, given that such does influence clinical and technical practice and public safety. Areas of dental technology practice which were not included in a practitioner’s training should not be undertaken unless the practitioner has successfully completed appropriate training and practices to the standard required by the relevant Scope of Practice.

Scope of Practice for Dental Technologists defined:

The Scope of Practice for dental technologists is essentially the same as that of dental technicians as defined in this document under the "Scope of Practice for Dental Technicians" with the following additions:

Dental technologists may:

  • be a dental technician contractor, and/or supervise a dental laboratory.
  • employ dental technicians, dental laboratory assistants.
  • review cases coming into the laboratory to decide how they should progress.
  • work with a relevant dental clinician or appropriate clinical professional on treatment planning and design of a custom made devices appliance for a specific patient.

Dental technologists may not:

  • perform clinical procedures
  • custom fit custom made devices without the written consent of a relevant practicing dental/medical clinician
  • provide treatment for or give clinical advice to patients

Practice in this context goes wider than dental technology. It includes teaching, research and management, given that such does influence clinical and technical practice and public safety. Areas of dental technology practice which were not included in a practitioner’s training should not be undertaken unless the practitioner has successfully completed appropriate training and practices to the standard required by the relevant Scope of Practice.

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