Tasks

  • examining, interviewing, and measuring patients in order to determine their appliance needs, and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit
  • conferring with medical and dental practitioners in order to formulate specifications and prescriptions for devices and appliances
  • interpreting prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated, and the materials and tools that will be required
  • making or receiving casts or impressions of patients' torsos, limbs, mouths or teeth for use as fabrication patterns
  • designing and making orthotic and prosthetic devices using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand and power tools
  • fitting appliances and devices onto patients, testing and evaluating them, and making adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort
  • repairing, modifying, and maintaining medical and dental prosthetic and supportive devices, according to specifications
  • bending, forming, and shaping fabric or material so that it conforms to prescribed contours
  • fabricating full and partial dentures and constructing mouth guards, crowns, metal clasps, inlays, bridgework and other aids
  • instructing patients in the use and care of prosthetic or orthotic devices

    Educational level

    • Semi-skilled
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