How much does a dental technician cost?
The cost of a dental technician will depend on the type of work you need. Dental technicians are trained to make dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces, each of which is designed and created based on molds of your teeth and mouth to make sure they are a perfect fit. The customised nature of the work of a dental technician means each piece produced will have to be priced individually based on the materials used, and the time needed to complete the work. A complete denture will cost from about £500 for both sets, including the creation of a personalised mold. Crowns and bridges cost less at around £100 to £190 per restoration, subject to how much of the tooth needs to be replaced. For a set of braces, you can expect to pay from £1,500 to £6,000, depending on the type of braces you choose.
Where do dental technicians work?
You can find reputable local dental technicians by searching . Each dental technician may work in a slightly different setting, depending on the type of work they carry out. Dental technicians can work in an external facility, a dental practice or in various settings as part of an NHS trust. Technicians are usually based in a laboratory but some NHS trusts provide drop-in dental technician services. Private and NHS care often requires dental technicians to work to a prescription so many work directly with other dental or healthcare providers.
Do hospitals have dental technicians?
Yes, some dental technicians are based in a dental laboratory . Hospital dental technicians are usually attached to the Maxillofacial department which is focused on reconstructing damage to people’s faces caused by accidents or disease. Some hospital-based dental technicians are also involved in the creation of prosthesis, including eyes, ears and nose. Hospital-based dental technician services are not usually available without hospital referral so you may need to contact a private dental technician if you need cosmetic work or repairs.
Can you see dental technicians privately?
Yes, dental technicians can be seen privately. In fact, it is common for dental technicians to work in private dentist practices and dental laboratories. As with NHS and hospital-based dental technicians, it is usual to get a prescription or a referral from a dentist or doctor before seeing a dental technician. Private dental technicians found within laboratories usually work remotely on behalf of a dentist or orthodontist, whereas those based in dental practices may see patients directly to provide customised services.
How to find a dental technician out of hours
You can find dental technicians who operate out of hours on . Dental technicians often work during normal working hours, between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. However, many private dental practices will offer an out of hours’ dental technician service for an additional fee. Contact a local dental technician to find out what level of out of hours service they will provide for those needing emergency work.