Dental Laboratory Bench Worker

Dental laboratory bench workers help dental technologists and dental technicians to make dentures and other dental devices.

NOC Code: 3223

Job Duties

Dental laboratory bench workers help dental technologists and dental technicians to make dentures and other dental devices. You may work for a dental laboratory. You do not work directly with patients. A denturist works directly with patients, but you must have a licence to work as a denturist in Ontario. You may also be called a denture bench moulder, denture finisher or dental prosthesis maker.

Generally, dental laboratory bench workers:

  • Make wax bite-blocks and impression trays used to make copies of patient's teeth.
  • Make plaster models and moulds based on dental impressions.
  • Fill moulds with plastic or other materials to make dentures.
  • Use gold or other metals to make dental bridges, denture bases and other dental devices.
  • Mould wax over a denture setup to make artificial gums.
  • Polish dentures to make them look natural.

Source: HRSDC

Job Requirements


This job requires: High School

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
Dental Laboratory Bench WorkerHigh School
Dental AssistantHigh School
Dental ReceptionistHigh School
Technical Sales SpecialistCollege or University


This job requires 0 - 2 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
Dental Laboratory Bench Worker0 - 2
Dental Assistant0 - 2
Dental Receptionist0 - 2
Technical Sales Specialist2 - 5

Source: HRSDC

Essential Skills

As a dental laboratory bench worker, you need to:

  • Speak, write and read English.
  • Read about new products, materials and ways to make dentures or other dental devices.
  • Follow written directions to mix and use products.
  • Measure metal, plastic and other materials to make dentures or other dental devices.
  • Coordinate tasks with co-workers to complete work and meet deadlines.

Source: Ontario Skills Passport

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with dental technicians, dental technologists, suppliers and others. You also need to follow written product directions, make written notes to co-workers and fill in forms. You need to use dental terminology.

Labour Market Information


While job opportunities in the field are increasing because of the growing aging population in Canada, it also depends on how the economy is doing. Also, more people have dental insurance to pay for dentures and other dental devices.

However, the demand for dentures has decreased recently due to the popularity of fixed prostheses and dental implants, such as crowns and bridges. The need for modern equipment has gone up and therefore there is a higher demand for dental technologists and technicians instead of dental laboratory bench workers. 


The work prospects for this job are: LIMITED

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
Dental Laboratory Bench WorkerLimited
Dental AssistantFair
Dental ReceptionistFair
Technical Sales SpecialistFair


The average hourly wage for this job is: C$23/hour.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
Dental Laboratory Bench Worker$23.00
Dental Assistant$19.00
Dental Receptionist$15.38
Technical Sales Specialist$25.00

Source: HRSDC


Educational Programs

These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.

Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training

Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).

Work Experience Programs

Some college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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