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specialist dentist





Specialist dentists prevent, diagnose and treat anomalies and diseases affecting the teeth, mouth, jaws and adjoining tissues specialised in oral surgery or orthodontics.

Scope note

In dentistry, the general dental practitioner is habilitated to carry out all essential and optional skills performed by specialist dentists and specialist dentists also have the possibility to carry out all the essential and optional skills performed by the general dental practitioner. The difference between the general dental practitioner and the specialist dentists is that the latter, due to the specific training received is more prone to perform the skills related to the specialty in question (orthodontics or oral surgery) on a daily basis.

Alternative Labels

prosthodontic specialist

hospital dentist

consultant dentist




prosthetic dentist

dental public health specialist

restorative dentist

endodontic specialist

dental health specialist

consulting dentist

postgraduate dentist


oral health care specialist

special needs dentist

gerodontic specialist

specialist dentist

special care dentist

oral and maxillofacial pathology specialist

oral and maxillofacial specialist

dental specialist

dentofacial orthopaedic specialist

Regulatory Aspect

This occupation is covered by the Directive 2005/36/EC (and its amendments) on the recognition of professional qualifications. Further information on free movement of professionals. To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: