FAQ #2: Is Cosmetic Dentistry A Speciality?
No, Cosmetic Dentistry is not a dental specialisation in Australia. There are 13 recognised specialties, all of which require a fully-qualified dentist to undertake several years of additional training at a University. You can see the list of approved dental specialisations below.
In Australia, all dentists are taught Cosmetic Dental procedures during their undergraduate degree. Many qualified dentists elect to do additional training in this area by attending lectures and workshops, which may be anywhere between a few hours to a few weeks long. Dentists will often receive a Certificate of Attendance for such courses, but this does not equate to a recognised specialist qualification.
The 13 Australian-recognised dental specialties are approved by Ministerial Council and listed in the Dental Board list of specialties on this page: Specialist Registration. They are
- Dento-maxillofacial radiology
- Endodontics (root canal therapy)
- Forensic odontology (using dental evidence for
- Oral & maxillofacial surgery (these specialists have a full medical degree and are registered as medical practitioners as well as dentists)
- Oral medicine
- Oral pathology
- Oral surgery (assigned to overseas trained specialists)
- Orthodontics (specialise in tooth movement)
- Paediatric dentistry (children’s dental specialist)
- Periodontics (treat gums and bone that support the teeth and place dental implants)
- Prosthodontics (provide artificial teeth such as crowns, bridges, dentures, implants)
- Public health dentistry (Community dentistry)
- Special Needs Dentistry.
To use the title of dental specialist for each of the approved specialties, a practitioner must be registered with the Dental Board of Australia in that specialty.