I never in my LIFE thought I'd go to work wearing srubs and working with bunson burners as a profession. (Back in High School Science class I would be brain asleep thinking, I'll never use this stuff later! HA!)
I basically heat, mold and carve pink wax to look like gums on dentures and partials. It's really a fine art I'm learning, everyone has a different mouth and I have to make these prosthetics not only LOOK like their natural gums, but make sure they are going to be comfortable.
If the mock up I make in wax fits they patient, they send my wax model back for final processing first back to me to re-wax in finishing wax and then to(in a nutshell acrylic and make the mold for that from my wax model. It's a very interesting and very METICULOUS new profession, but I am seriously toasting my fingers off with FIRE and hot wax. O_o I'll learn not to burn myself on the bunson burner here soon I hope. OUCH. I also have to get used to using fine tools, about halfway through the day my carpal tunnel was screaming.
I use basically four tools. 2 short bladed knives, a dental hook (That thing the dentist uses to pick between your teeth) and a blunt point shaper. I had to wrap a ton of wax around the handles to make them thicker, because skinny handles (Thinner than pencils) was just not gonna happen with my hands. I'm still modeling "dummy" dentures, but it's going well so far. We'll see how things progress...