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Dental Laboratory Technology

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What is Dental Laboratory Technology?

A career in dental laboratory technology can offer you many rewards and opportunities. Acquiring a formal education in dental laboratory technology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry (LSUSD) can help to maximize these opportunities. This education can make you an important member of a very specialized health care team consisting of a dentist, dental hygienist, and dental laboratory technologist. As a dental laboratory technologist, you will work closely with the dentist in restoring a patient's lost or missing teeth caused by accidents, dental decay or developmental abnormalities. Exciting new technology in both materials and techniques will allow you to play a vital role in changing patients' lives by helping to create beautiful smiles and optimum oral health. With this formal education, you will become a skilled technician giving you the opportunity to work in private dental offices, small or large commercial dental laboratories, dental schools or dental manufacturing companies.

What are the advantages of a career in dental laboratory technology?

  1. High earning potential.
  2. Ability to own and operate your own business.
  3. Ability to work in a variety of dental-related areas.
  4. Ability to work anywhere in the United States.
  5. Enjoy work that expresses your creative and artistic abilities.
  6. Enjoy helping people live happier and healthier lives.
  7. Work in a field that is constantly evolving due to ongoing research and technological advances.

What does LSUSD have to offer?

LSUSD offers an Associate of Science degree in Dental Laboratory Technology. The program offers intensive training in all phases of fixed prosthodontics, removable prosthodontics, orthodontics, and implant restoration. The program is unique in the nation because its students construct actual clinical cases for school patients. As an LSU dental laboratory technology student, you will receive instruction in and work with state of the art equipment. In addition, you will receive instruction from teachers who are certified in their specialties and who, through years of experience, excel at teaching dental laboratory technology. A number of faculty members are master-certified dental technicians (MCDT). The LSU program is the only dental laboratory technology program in the nation that is fully integrated as part of a dental school's program in dentistry.

Student life at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry combines the best of two worlds:  the excitement of a great city and a close-knit university family working together on a beautiful campus. The school, located on 20 acres in a residential section of New Orleans next to beautiful City Park, is close to Lake Pontchartrain, the Jazz and Heritage Festival, Mardi Gras parades, shopping, and the French Quarter.

Understanding your needs is a priority at the school. Some of the services you will appreciate are housing assistance, a dental library, a bookstore and gift shop, and a snack bar. Your academic work will be demanding, but you will still find time to participate in intramural sports, student government, social events, or part-time employment.

For more information contact:

Julio Zavala, BS, MCDT
Program Coordinator
Program in Dental Laboratory Technology
Telephone:  (504) 941-8085
E-mail:  jzaval@lsuhsc.edu

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