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Information for Dental Specialist

With effect from 1st January 2008, the Dental Registration Act requires any person who wishes to practise as a dental specialist to register with the Singapore Dental Council.

Currently, there are seven recognised dental specialties in Singapore.  More specialties will be considered and added to the list of specialties as the demands and relevance of the dental profession progresses and develops.

Applicants should first obtain accreditation from the Dental Specialists Accreditation Board (DSAB). For more information on DSAB's requirements, please access the DSAB website.

Upon obtaining the letter of accreditation from DSAB, applicants may proceed to apply for registration as a specialist with the Singapore Dental Council. Prior to application, please ensure that you have registered the relevant higher qualifications with the Council. 

Use of titles and designations

For Dentists registered under the Dental Specialist Register, they will only use the titles "Dental Specialist in (Specialty)" or the title of "Endodontist"; "Orthodontist"; "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon"; "Paediatric Dentist"; "Periodontist"; "Prosthodontist" or "Public Health Dentist". 

Designations such as "Registrar", "Senior Registrar", "Associate Consultant", "Consultant", "Senior Consultant" are hospital or institution appointments can only be used by registered hospital or institution appointed staff. These designations should not be linked to any specialty of Dentistry eg "Consultant Prosthodontist".

These designations and appointments should instead relate to departments, hospitals or institutions awarding such designations.

The use of such titles, designations and qualifications should be used as follows:

BDS (S'pore), Grad Dip Dental Implantology (S'pore)
Dental Surgeon
XYZ Dental Clinic


BDS (S'pore); MSc (Endodontics) Lond
Dental Specialist in Endodontics (or Endodontist)
Consultant, Dept of Restorative Dentistry
XYZ Hospital