National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC)

Certified Dental Technician- Partial Dentures


Credential: Certified Dental Technician- Partial Dentures CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC)

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Dental Technician - Partial Dentures, validates knowledge and applied skill level necessary to perform the tasks required of Removable Prosthodontics- Partial Dentures dental technician. Dental technicians manufacture dental prosthetics including bridges, crowns and dentures according to specifications dentists send to them. They work in specialties that include orthodontic appliances, crowns and bridges, complete dentures, partial dentures, or ceramics. The applicant must successfully complete written, practical and specialty written examinations. This is a mid-level certification. The Partial Dentures specialty subject matter includes the theory of survey and design; physical properties and correct handling of materials; fabrication procedures and techniques; and the design and use of restorations and appliances normally associated with the Partial Denture specialty. All candidates must be a high school graduate or have the documentated equivalent. Passing the examinations required to become a certified dental technician usually requires some degree of training /experience, education or both.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Certified Dental Technician- Partial Dentures

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology (NBC)

325 John Knox Rd.
#L103
Tallahassee, FL  32303

Phone: (800) 684-5310

Fax: (850) 222-0053
Email: dmandel@nbccert.org

Applicant must be a high school graduate (or the documented equivalent).

Option 1:

Not current NBC Recognized Graduate (RG):  Applicants who are not current participants in the NBC’s Recognized Graduate (RG) program, should document at least five (5) years of training and/or experience in dental technology. Time spent in on-the-job training (including formal apprenticeships and training courses) or studying in a dental technology education program may be counted towards this requirement.

Note : An exception is made for graduates of a two-year, ADA-accredited dental technology education program. These candidates may apply for the CDT examinations after completion of two (2) years of practical experience in addition to (and not concurrent with) their course of study.

Option 2:

Current NBC ecognized Graduates: Applicants who are current Recognized Graduates, the technical prerequisites for testing may be met in one of the following ways:

  • Recognized Graduates from two-year ADA-accredited programs may sit for the CDT examinations without having to obtain additional education or on-the-job-experience.
  • Recognized Graduates from non-ADA-accredited programs may sit for the CDT examinations after obtaining at least three (3) years of on-the-job experience.

The Certified Dental Technician- Partial Dentures credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicants must have a working knowledge of the English language.

     

  • Be of satisfactory ethical and legal standing as defined by the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology's disciplinary standards.

  • General
    • Anatomy & Terminology
    • Materials
    • Fabrication & Technique
    • The Dental Profession & the Dental Laboratory Industry
  • Ceramics
    • Impression Materials
    • Cast Fabrication
    • Articulation
    • Casts — Materials & Fabrication
    • Materials- Types, Physical Properties and Handling Characteristics
    • Pattern Design & Fabrication
    • Spruing
    • Investing
    • Wax Elimination (Burnout)
    • Casting & Divesting
    • Finishing Procedures for Substructures
    • Soldering — Pre- & Post-porcelain
    • Tooth Morphology/Terminology
    • Metal Preparation
    • Opaque Technique
    • Porcelain Application
    • Firing Technique
    • Finishing
  • Complete Dentures
    • Oral Anatomy and Physiology
    • Impressions - Materials & Handling
    • Trial Denture Bases
    • Occlusal Rims
    • Articulators and Articulation of Casts
    • Prosthetic Teeth
    • Denture Base Fabrication
    • Flasking
    • Finish and Polish Denture Base
    • Packing and Processing Dentures
    • Post-delivery Laboratory Procedures
  • Crown and Bridge
    • Impression Materials
    • Cast Fabrication
    • Articulation
    • Materials- Types, Physical Properties and Handling Characteristics
    • Pattern Design & Fabrication
    • Spruing
    • Investing
    • Wax Elimination (Burnout)
    • Casting & Devesting
    • Finishing Procedures
    • Soldering
    • Tooth Morphology/Terminology
  • Orthodontics
    • Orthodontic Appliances — Fixed
    • Orthodontic Appliances — Removable
    • Materials
    • Clasps
    • Auxiliaries
    • Acrylics
    • Soldering/Welding
    • Appliance Repair
    • Study Casts
    • Equipment
    • Splints
  • Partial Dentures
    • Components of Framework
    • Cast Fabrication
    • Articulation of Casts
    • Survey and Design
    • Refractory Cast Fabrication
    • Preparation of Refractory Cast - Transfer Design
    • Fabrication of Partial Dentures
    • Repairs and Additions
    • Wrought Metals
  • Implants
    • Case Acceptance
    • Master (Definitive) Cast
    • Removable Prosthesis
    • Bar/Substructure
    • Screw-Retained Fixed Removable (Hybrid) Prosthesis
    • Cementable Fixed Prosthesis
    • Materials and Equipment for Manufacturing Prostheses

  • Theory of survey and design
  • Physical properties and correct handling of materials
  • Fabrication procedures and techniques
  • The design and use of restorations
  • Partial Denture Appliances

Practical Exam

The Practical examination is a hands-on exam that requires a candidate to demonstrate their competence over a range of procedures normally associated with their chosen specialty. The Practical exam consists of preliminary procedures that must be performed in the candidate's own laboratory prior to the examination date, plus specific steps which must be completed under the observation of the NBC Examiners at the exam site.

Additional details can be obtained from CDT Examination Handbook.

  • The preliminary portion of the Partial Dentures examination requires candidates to pour several sets of casts, survey and design maxillary and mandibular frameworks, make refractory casts and make one chrome partial framework casting, unfinished.

    At the test site, candidates are instructed to:

    • Survey and design, according to given specifications, one maxillary and one mandibular framework and prepare the casts for duplication;
    • Weld or solder a wrought wire clasp to a framework that is brought to the test;
    • Make wax patterns on two refractory casts fabricated in the preliminary portion of the examination;
    • Finish and polish the casting that is brought to the test site

    In the Partial Dentures test, candidates’ grades consist of four parts: (1) the preliminary work; (2) design; (3) waxing; and (4) metal work.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Dental Technician- Partial Dentures examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

RECERTIFICATION

Certified Dental Technician- Partial Dentures

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Dental Technician- Partial Dentures credential has the following recertification information:

In order to retain certification, Certified Dental Technicians are required to apply annually to the NBC for renewal. To qualify for renewal, the CDT must meet the following:

  • Attest that he or she has complied with the laws governing the practice of dental technology and dentistry in the applicable state; 
  • Must submit proof of specific continuing education and
  • Must pay the renewal fee.

Additional details related to recertification can be obtained from the CDT Handbook.

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