Restorative Dental Technology is both a science and an art. Restorative Dental Technologists provide an essential support service for the dental profession. Upon a written prescription from a dental clinician, they design, fabricate and repair all types of custom made restorative dental prostheses to replace or restore either the partial or total loss of natural teeth with fixed and removable partial dentures and crowns.

How to Apply

The application filing period is August 18th - July 18th every year for Fall semester enrollment. Applications are only available during the application period.

Program Admissions 
  • Program Length:

    Four semesters + two winter sessions (full-time)

  • Program Completion:
    • Certificate of Achievement
    • Eligible for the Recognized Graduate Certified Dental Technician Examination
  • Program Accreditation: Pasadena City College offers the following allied health education programs (including Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting and  Restorative Dental Technology programs) will undergo accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) on October 16-18, 2024.

    In accordance with CODA requirements, Pasadena City College requests comments from interested third party individuals. Comments must be sent to CODA at least 60 days before the scheduled site visit.

    The deadline for Pasadena City College Third Party Comments is January 26, 2024.

    Comments should be emailed to the appropriate CODA staff. Email addresses are available here. Comments must pertain only to the standards relative to the predoctoral or advanced education programs as listed above, or policies and procedures used in the accreditation process.

    Third parties include communities of interest and the public such as faculty, students, program administrators, dental-related organizations, patients, and consumers.

    Signed or unsigned comments will be considered. All relevant comments will have names and/or signatures removed and will then be referred to the program at least 50 days prior to the site visit for review and response. Negative comments received after the established deadline of 60 days before the site visit will be handled as a complaint.

    A copy of the appropriate accreditation standards and/or the commission’s policy on third party comments may be obtained by contacting the commission at 1-312-440-4653 or by email.

    What is a Dental Technologist?

    Since each dental patient's needs are different, the duties of a Restorative Dental Technologist are comprehensive and varied. Although Restorative Dental Technologists seldom work directly with patients, except under the direction of a licensed dentist, they are valuable members of the oral healthcare team. They work directly with dentists by following the doctor's detailed written instructions and using impressions (molds) of the patient's teeth and oral soft tissues to create

    • Full denture prostheses for patents who are missing all of their teeth.
    • Removable partial denture prostheses or fixed dental bridges for patients who are missing only one or a few teeth.
    • Orthodontic appliances and splints to help straighten and protect teeth
    • Dental crowns, which are caps for teeth and are designed to restore their original size and shape
    • Veneers of porcelain that enhance the aesthetics and function of natural teeth