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In dentistry, there are thirteen recognised Board-registered specialties. Listed below are the Board-approved titles that specialist dental practitioners in those areas are entitled to use.

  • Dento-maxillofacial radiology – Dental radiologist
  • Endodontics – Endodontist (also known as a Root canal specialist)
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery – Oral and maxillofacial surgeon (aka Oral surgeon)
  • Oral medicine – Specialist in oral medicine
  • Oral pathology – Oral pathologist
  • Oral surgery – Oral surgeon
  • Orthodontics – Orthodontist
  • Paediatric dentistry – Paediatric dentist or Paedodontist (aka Children’s dentist)
  • Periodontics – Periodontist (aka Gum specialist)
  • Prosthodontics – Prosthodontist (aka Crown and bridge specialist)
  • Public health dentistry – Specialist in public health dentistry
  • Special needs dentistry – Special needs dentist
  • Forensic odontology – Forensic dentist

General dentists without specialist registration are, by law, forbidden to use any of the above specialist titles.

Please be sure to watch the entire video as there is so much information about dental specialist.

Kate: Hi Joan.
Joan: Hi Kate, long time no see. what have you been up to?
Kate: I’ve been having a tough time deciding who to see for some complex dentistry. My local dentist told me I should see a specialist. He had suggested someone, but I wanted to know what my options were and I want to make sure I see the right specialist.
Joan Gee, I don’t know much about this kind of thing. I don’t even know how many types of
dental specialists there are?
Kate: Neither did I, until I found a very helpful website ( On the
specialist care page there’s a list of all the different kinds of specialization in Australia and I was
surprised to see there are actually 13 fields.
Joan But how do you know if a practitioner is specialized in their field well there is a strict
registration process and who is in charge of that process?
Kate:A body called the ‘Australian Practitioner Regulation Agency’ or APRA for short. The acceptance criteria in Australia are tougher than in most other countries. Dentists that want to register as specialists are required to do years of extra training to qualify for registration.
Joan: And what training do they need?
Kate: It really depends on air field of specialization. The starting point for all specialists is a degree in general dentistry. Then most specialists go through an extra three to four years of
full-time post graduate university study to qualify for registration.
Joan: Really?
Kate: Yes. And would you believe some specialist fields such as oral and maxillofacial surgery need around 10 years of additional training beyond the training required to be a general dentist.
Joan: Wow, That’s a long time.
Kate: Sure is and that’s why I was shocked when I discovered that some receptionists can get confused and call their dentists “specialists” when they’re not.
Joan: So is there a way you can check on their registration before you make an appointment?
Kate: Yes you can. You go to the APRA website and type a dentist’s name on the page headed ‘Practitioner Registration’ then you can see their exact qualifications and whether they’re registered as a general dentist or specialists in their field.
Joan: And do you need to get a referral to see a dental specialist?
Kate: No, almost all dental specialists will see you without a referral. My dentist says he will give me my dental history an x-rays to take with me to whichever specialist I choose.
This gets saved doubling up on diagnostic procedures.
Joan: Well Kate, it sounds like you’ve done your homework. I’ll be really interested to hear the outcome.
Kate: Thanks Joan, I still have a little way to go. My sister-in-law who is a GP, gave me some
good advice. She said it’s always wise to get a second opinion for any complex treatment and never assume that the second opinion will match the first. With all the information I’ve gathered at least i know that i’ll be making an educated decision that’s for sure. As we all know complex dentistry isn’t cheap, with all the training involved. So at least I’ll know when I finally do
receive the right treatment, that it’s money well spent.
Joan: You will. Indeed. I must take this call. See you at the meeting then.
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*The contents of this blog post are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.

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