Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry Department Menu


285 Jay Street
Academic Building 601 (A-601)
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-260-5137

Prof. Renata Budny

Dental Laboratory Technology/AAS

The dental laboratory technologist designs, constructs and repairs dental prosthetic appliances according to the dentist’s prescription and provides an essential support service for the dental profession. The field requires a degree of manual dexterity, good artistic sense and the ability to understand and interpret the dental prescription.

The program in Dental Laboratory Technology provides a balanced program of study which includes all phases of dental technology, related sciences (chemistry, metallurgy and non-metallic dental materials), dental anatomy, the legal and business aspects of dental laboratory operation and courses in general education as required by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, the board which accredits the dental technology program. In addition to this accreditation, the department has been recognized as a certified dental laboratory by the National Association of Dental Laboratories. City Tech is the first and only college to achieve this certification in all five areas of restorative prosthetic fabrication – complete dentures, orthodontics, partial dentures, ceramics and crown and bridge.

The graduate is prepared for employment in a commercial dental laboratory, in the laboratory of a V.A. hospital, dental school or in a dental office. Some graduates secure employment with dental manufacturers as research assistants or sales representatives. Among the employers of the graduates of this program are Americus Dental Studio, Sloane-Kettering Hospital, Veterans Administration Hospital and Columbia Dental School. Over the years, many graduates have gone on to dental school or to teaching positions in dental technology schools. Many department alumni are the owners of dental laboratories in the New York area. City Tech alumni hold officer positions in every dental laboratory technology association in the surrounding areas.

At the end of the fourth semester, students who have completed all laboratory courses are permitted to take the Recognized Graduate Examination, administered by the National Board for Certification (NBC). Pass rates for our students over the past ten years have averaged 93%. This is the preliminary examination leading to certification (CDT). The final (or practical) portion of the certification examination may be taken in one or more of the specialties after gaining proficiency through experience in the field.

Graduates may pursue baccalaureate degrees at City Tech through the CUNY baccalaureate program, the Career and Technical Teacher Education program or the Health Services Administration program.

Approximate Additional Costs

All dental technology students are required to purchase tools, uniforms and books, which are used during the four semesters.

First Semester Cost
Uniform $30.00
Tools and Supplies $650.00
Books $220.00
Second Semester Cost
Tools and Supplies $250.00
Books $140.00
Third Semester Cost
Tools and Supplies $50.00
Books $70.00
Fourth Semester Cost
Tools and Supplies1 $350.00
R.G. Examination2 $210.00
1. May vary according to specialization chosen in fourth semester.
2. Recognized Graduate Examination National Board for Certification.

Criteria for Admission into the Program within the Restorative Dentistry Curriculum

Students may apply for admission to the Restorative Dentistry program either as freshmen or through transfer from another curriculum.

Students must achieve a minimum passing grade of “C” in all courses which begin with the prefix RESD. Students may repeat a course only once.

Placement in the Restorative Dentistry Program

A high school diploma or a New York State equivalency diploma is required for admission to the College. However, in order to be registered for the full program of restorative dentistry courses, an applicant must meet CUNY proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics. All new students and transfer students who do not meet the above criteria will be classified as dental laboratory technology students taking introductory courses and will be considered to be members of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. During this period students will be programmed for developmental skills or core courses as needed.

After completion of all required developmental courses with a Satisfactory “S” rating, the student will be admitted to Dental Laboratory Technology courses as space permits. Completion of the introductory portion of the curriculum does not guarantee progression into major courses. If the number of students meeting the stated criteria exceeds the available places, seats will be allocated on the basis of the highest cumulative academic average.

Transfer into the Restorative Dentistry Curriculum

Students who wish to transfer into Restorative Dentistry from another college curriculum must meet the following criteria:

a) all prerequisite criteria;
b) cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Program Goals: A Graduate of this Major Should be Able To

  • Know generally accepted practices in the fabrication of dental appliances.
  • Understand properties of materials used in the fabrication processes.
  • Follow instructions from technical manuals.
  • Troubleshoot errors occurring in the fabrication processes.
  • Use correct dental and anatomical terminology used in restorative dentistry work.
  • Apply knowledge of anatomical and physiological aspects to fabrication of appliances.
  • Understand how to read and fulfill a dental prescription.
  • Use effective communication skills.
  • Know proper safety procedures as it pertains to laboratory materials and equipment.
  • Exercise discretion and good judgment in all aspects of work.
  • Prepare for Recognized Graduate exam in Dental Laboratory Technology.
  • Perform all tasks required for Specialty Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology.
  • Know infection control procedures as it pertains to Dental Laboratory Technology.
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics in determining ratios and converting measurements.
  • Read and analyze literature found in the dental field.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and support of the profession’s code of ethics and comply with the profession’s scope of practice.




English Composition (1 or 2 courses, 3 or 6 credits)

ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1121 English Composition II2 [3]

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3-4 credits)
Select one of the following courses

MAT 1190 Quantitative Reasoning2 3
MAT 1180 Math Concepts and Applications 4
MAT 1275 or higher3 College Algebra and Trigonometry2 4

Life and Physical Sciences (1 course, 4 credits)

CHEM 1000 Principles of Chemistry or higher 4


One course from each of any two groups, plus COM 1330 or higher if ENG 1121 is not taken 9

World Cultures and Global Issues

US Experience in its Diversity

Individual and Society

COM 1330 or higher Public Speaking1 3

Creative Expression

Scientific World

RESD 1107 Introduction to Non-metallic Dental Materials 2
RESD 1110 Tooth Morphology 3
RESD 1111 Complete Dentures I 3
RESD 1115 Fixed Prosthodontics I 3
RESD 1211 Complete Dentures II 3
RESD 1212 Fixed Prosthodontics II 3
RESD 1215 Introduction to Restorative Ceramics 4
RESD 1216 Removable Partial Dentures I 3
RESD 2307 Science of Dental Metallurgy 1
RESD 2310 Principles of Occlusion 2
RESD 2313 Removable Partial Dentures II 3
RESD 2314 Restorative Dental Ceramics II 3
RESD 2409 Laboratory Operation, Ethics and Jurisprudence 2
RESD 2413 Fixed Prosthodontics Practicum 2
RESD 2415 Orthodontics 2
Select one of the following two courses for 2 credits:
RESD 2311

RESD 2324
Complete Dentures III
CAD/CAM in Dentistry

Select one of the following courses for 3 credits:
RESD 2411

RESD 2414

RESD 2416
Complete Dentures/Maxillofacial Concepts
Restorative Dental Ceramics Practicum
Dental Implant Prosthetics 3


1 Students must select either ENG 1121 or COM 1330 or higher; if ENG 1121 is taken, all approved Individual and Society courses are eligible to fulfill a Flexible Core requirement.

2 Students who take MAT 1190 will need one additional general education credit to meet the required 20 credits in liberal arts and sciences. This may be done by taking a 4-credit science or math course or an additional general education course (which will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 2 credits).

3 Students who elect to take MAT 1275 but who lack the requisite math background will be required to take MAT 1175 in preparation. This will increase the number of required credits for the degree by 4 credits.