NAIT’s 3 dental programs share facilities, instructors and support staff. General facilities include a 24-chair dental clinic, a radiology (X-ray) room, and several labs and classrooms.
Students in the Dental Assisting program learn on the same equipment used in dental offices throughout the province. In addition to this equipment, the program uses a number of simulators, including:
- Mannequins with metal heads and plastic teeth used to practice restorative procedures such as prepping and filling teeth.
- Similar mannequins used to practice polishing teeth.
- A radiology (X-ray) mannequin that includes a real skull and real teeth, which allows students to see realistic bone and tooth anatomy on the X-rays.
Students also spend time working with patients in the NAIT Dental Clinic.
Each student in the Dental Technology program has an individual workstation in the dental labs. The workstations and labs have the latest equipment to create various dental appliances, including:
- individual hand pieces
- semi- and fully-adjustable articulators
- 5 fully automated porcelain ovens
- digital laboratory scanner
Another lab is used to cast and trim the dental alloys used in partial denture and appliance construction. Students also spend time working with each other in the NAIT Dental Clinic.
Denturist Technology students learn both the clinical and laboratory aspects of treating denture patients. The program's 9 dedicated treatment rooms in the NAIT Dental Clinic use modern dental chairs and equipment.
In the lab and clinic, students learn the most modern techniques on state-of-the-art technology that includes:
- Semi- and fully-adjustable articulators.
- A simulator that lets students practice measuring and fitting partial-plate dentures (learn more about Iron Mike (528K pdf)).
- A Velscope, which can expose oral cancers in the very early stages.