I've been doing this for 38 years and still find that I enjoy the satisfaction of giving someone a new smile.
I have been in dental technology since 1973. I started at Lawson dental lab while going to dental tech school at Riverside City College. From there I became an in-house technician at a Dental Group. I worked chair side with a prosthodontist, and learned how to take impressions and bites. I also fabricated all the dentures and partials. It was a great learning experience and helped a lot in my future endeavors. I opened my own Lab in 1980. I was president of DLOAC in 1981-82. I sold my lab in 2002 and started as Lab Manager at Pro-Dent Lab in Corona Ca. The Denture end of this business has not changed much in 38 years. Yes, there are some changes in processing and repairing, but the basic setup and waxing is still the same.Denture technicians do full mouth reconstruction on a daily basis. Individual setups and waxing for individual people. I think THAT is what keeps Dentures still a challenge for me. That and the smile I see on peoples faces when you have done something that no one has been able to do before.