Recognition of a Dental Speciality

Here are the steps to follow if you graduated outside of Quebec in one of the ten dental specialties recognized by the Ordre des dentistes du Québec and are interested in practising your specialty in Quebec:

  1. Obtain a diploma and training equivalence as a general dentist. This procedure is described in the "Equivalence with an NDEB certificate" and "Equivalence without an NDEB certificate" sections.
  2. Pass the examination of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada to obtain recognition of your dental specialty.

Dental Specialties

  • The dentist specializing in public health develops and manages community public dental health programs.
  • The endodontist is concerned with the treatments affecting the pulp chamber, i.e. the central cavity of the tooth containing dental pulp, nerves and blood vessels, and the root canals, which carry blood vessels and nerves toward the dental pulp. This dentist is the specialist in root canal treatments.
  • The oral and maxillofacial pathologist specializes in the clinical and microscopic diagnosis, management and primarily non-surgical treatment of diseases and physiological problems affecting the mouth or jaw.
  • The oral and maxillofacial radiologist specializes in interpreting images obtained by various imaging technologies in order to establish a radiographic diagnosis of diseases and conditions affecting the oral cavity, jaws and face.
  • The oral and maxillofacial surgeon conducts surgery that is more specialized than general dental surgery, for instance when a patient has suffered an accident or has defects or malformations in the jaw and facial bones.
  • The oral medicine specialist diagnoses and provides non-surgical treatment of diseases and lesions of the mouth and temporomandibular disorders (joints, muscles, dental occlusion, tongue, etc.).
  • The orthodontist diagnoses, prevents and treats anomalies in the positioning of the teeth and bones that can lead to dental malocclusions (improperly positioned teeth) or improper contact between teeth, for functional and esthetic purposes. This dentist is the specialist in fixed corrective devices (“braces”) and removable corrective devices.
  • The pediatric dentist diagnoses, prevents and treats oral disease, anomalies and accidents among children, from birth to adolescence.
  • The periodontist diagnoses, prevents and treats diseases of the tissues and bones that support the teeth.
  • The prosthodontist restores or replaces natural teeth by means including prostheses, veneers, crowns and bridges that he or she fashions and fits.