Incumbent serves as a Dental Laboratory Technician in the Amarillo VAHCS Dental Service providing prosthetic appliances as directed. Surveys master casts for partial dentures to implement design prescribed by the dentist. Using a surveying instrument, assures the most favorable path for the insertion of the denture. Studies master cast to identify the undercuts and teeth to be used for retention of the denture and blocks out undesirable undercuts. Considers the number and location of missing teeth, the arch, shape, and contour of remaining natural teeth, tissue formation, and other anatomic features, in designing those portions of the dental restoration not pre-indicated by the dentist. Sets up and contours artificial teeth for full and partial dentures when this work is complicated by the acute abnormalities to be overcome. Surveys, interprets designs, and fabricates fixed, semi-fixed, or removable partial dentures or complete dentures for cases that involve such abnormalities as acute malocclusion, or other conditions that present particular problems in (1) providing for retention of the denture, and (2) improving or restoring mastication or other mouth functions. Fabricates acrylic or cast metal splints for the reduction or fixation of maxillary and mandibular fractures, or obturators to close an opening in the palate. The fabrication of dental splints involve (1) duplicating the cast, (2) following the dentist's prescription in fabricating the splint, (3) shipping and adapting wire hinges, and (4) waxing, flasking, packing, processing, and finishing acrylic splints; or (1) blocking out undercuts and duplicating the master cast, (2) designing, waxing, investing, casting, finishing, and polishing cast metal lingual splints. The fabrication of dental obturators involves (1) making dentist-designed individualized impression trays and the master and duplicate casts, (2) surveying, designing, blocking-out waxing, investing, casting, and finishing the framework and metal parts, and (3) packing, processing, and finishing the appliance. Works closely with oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and other dental, medical, and laboratory specialists in the design and fabrication of intraoral maxillofacial appliances and restorations. This involves (1) working with dental and medical specialists in developing the design of the appliance, (2) personally fabricating, or overseeing the fabrication of the appliance, and (3) resolving problems in its fabrication. Conducts extensive tests of the characteristics of new or modified dental laboratory materials or equipment, taking into account such considerations as tensile strength, hardness, and "workability" of metals, the stability of impression materials, or the efficiency and usefulness of new equipment. Work Schedule: 7:30am - 4:00pm, Monday - Friday Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Dental Laboratory Technician/PD002193A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599682400
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