Advanced Studies

Dentists with specific abilities and preferences may elect to pursue an advanced program of studies in one of the ten specialties recognized by the Ordre des dentistes du Québec:

  • Dental public health or community dentistry: the art and science of preventing and controlling dental diseases and of promoting dental hygiene through coordinated community measures. In this type of dentistry, the patient is the community, rather than the individual. The goal is to educate the public in the area of dental hygiene, by doing research and applying the results, by administering dental care programs to the community, and by preventing and controlling dental pathology on a community basis.
  • Endodontics: a dental specialty dealing with etiology and with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and trauma affecting pulp and periapical tissues.
  • Oral and maxillofacial pathology: a dental specialty dealing with the study of the nature of diseases, the clinical and microscopic diagnosis, the management and primarily non-surgical treatment of diseases, systemic disorders, and lesions affecting the oral cavity and maxillofacial region.
  • Oral and maxillofacial radiology: a dental specialty dealing primarily with the interpretation of diagnostic imaging obtained by diverse technologies in order to establish a radiographic diagnosis of diseases and conditions affecting the oral cavity and maxillofacial region.
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery: a dental specialty dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and surgical correction of any disease, injury, deficiency, or acquired or congenital malformation requiring an operation on the functional or esthetic aspects of the oral cavity or of the maxillofacial complex.
  • Oral medicine: a dental specialty dealing with the oral health care of medically complex patients, and with the diagnosis and primarily non-surgical treatment of primary diseases of the oral cavity as well as systemic disorders and pain syndromes affecting the orofacial complex.
  • Orthodontics: a dental specialty dealing with the diagnosis, prevention, interception and treatment of all types of dental malocclusions, and the correction of surrounding structures.
  • Pediatric dentistry: a dental specialty dealing with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases, abnormalities and accidents affecting the mouth and teeth of children, from birth to adolescence.
  • Periodontics: a dental specialty dealing with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases affecting the periodontal membrane.
  • Prosthodontics: a dental specialty dealing with the restoration of natural teeth and with the replacement of teeth and the surrounding tissue by artificial substitutes for the purpose of restoring or maintaining the oral function, health, comfort and appearance. Prosthodontics comprises 3 options: i. restoration, that is, operative dentistry and fixed prosthodontics; ii. removable prosthodontics; iii. maxillofacial prosthodontics.

Quebec's three dental faculties offer programs of advanced studies (residency certificates, graduate programs, and so forth). For more information on the content and structure of these programs, visit the following Websites:

Université de Montréal : www.medent.umontreal.ca
McGill University : www.mcgill.ca/dentistry
Université Laval : www.fmd.ulaval.ca