Dental Technology
2-year AAS degree

The goal and challenge for a dental technician is to create a restoration that is a perfect match to a patient’s natural tooth. Artistic and creative abilities are valuable assets for a dental technician. By using several technologies, a dental technician improves patients’ quality of life, appearance and health, not to mention creating beautiful teeth and a fabulous smiles. Although a majority of the work provided by dental technicians is done independently, they are valued members of the dental team.

Dental Technology


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Kirkwood’s Dental Technology program - one of only 13 accredited programs in the nation and the only one in Iowa - prepares you in five specialty areas: dentures, partial dentures, ceramics, orthodontics, and crowns and bridges. During this program, you will work with commercial dental laboratories, the College of Dentistry and Hospital Dentistry at The University of Iowa in Iowa City to gain hands-on experience.

The Dental Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted the accreditation status of compliance with reporting requirements. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. Graduates are eligible to take the Recognized Graduate examination, which is one of the first steps leading to certification as a certified dental technician (CDT). This examination is administered by the National Board of Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology.

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