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Dental Lab Technician, Maxillofacial


Course Description:

Dental Laboratory Technician, Maxillofacial, assist the maxillofacial prosthodontist in the clinical and technical procedures required to fabricate prostheses and appliances for oral, craniofacial, and other anatomical defects. They construct and finish ocular, extraoral, intraoral and somato prostheses of silicone and other related materials and design and construct stone, metal and/or silicone molds for prosthetic rehabilitation procedures. They are exposed to and perform intermediate to advanced level procedures to include facial prostheses, cranial implants, soft tissue implants, maxillary obturators for acquired and congenital defects, speech bulbs, mandibulectomy prostheses, burn splints, and prostheses for patients exposed to radiation therapy.

Graduates assist the maxillofacial prosthodontist and liaison with and assist other medical/dental specialists in related disciplines. Graduates perform sub-clinical duties alongside maxillofacial prosthodontist and liaison with and assist other medical/dental specialists in related disciplines. Maxillofacial laboratory technicians are only assigned to military treatment facilities.
 US Air Force

 US Army

 US Navy
NEC: Dental Laboratory Technician, Maxillofacial
Course Length: 877 hours
Iterations per year: 2

School Code 083

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  • Candidates must be dental laboratory technicians (L38A) in paygrades E5 or E6 who have a minimum of 2 years in paygrade E5 and E6 and 3 years’ experience since graduating from Dental Laboratory "C" school, Dental Laboratory Technician (Advanced) (L37A) is preferred. 
  • Dental Laboratory Technician (Basic) (L36A) candidates are given equal consideration based on technician acquired skill sets. Candidates must possess and demonstrate a high level of manual dexterity and artistic ability and must have normal/sensitive color perception.
  • A letter of recommendation by a practicing board certified Navy prosthodontist containing a statement of prosthetic experience, abilities, and artistic qualities is required.
  • Must be physically qualified for transfer in accordance with Article 15-57 of the Medical Department and Chapter 7.01 of the Enlisted Transfer Manual. Members requiring medical attention, including pregnancy, shall not be transferred to school.
  • Obligated service is 36 months at the start of school.

Accreditation Agency:

The Medical Education and Training Campus is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.

Commission of the Council on Occupational Education
7840 Roswell Road Building 300
Suite 325 Atlanta, GA 30350
Telephone: 770-396-3898/FAX: 770-396-3790

Credentialing Information:

Graduates from this course/program receive recommended credits from the American Council on Education.


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Bethesda, MD 20889


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