Licensure

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Licensure into the Order of Dentists

Applicants are reminded that a university degree in dentistry does not in itself confer the right to practise the profession of dentistry. It is necessary to comply with the dental laws of the country, province or state in which one proposes to practise. Students, therefore, are advised to register their qualifications at the beginning of their university course with the licensing body in the area in which they intend to practise.

National Dental Examining Board of Canada

National Dental Examining Board of Canada

In order to be eligible for licensure in Canada, graduates of Canadian Dental programs are required to hold a certificate from the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB). This certificate is issued to candidates who have successfully completed the NDEB examination. This examination is normally written by students in the final year of the undergraduate program.

Further information about the NDEB may be obtained from:

  • Registrar, National Dental Examining Board of Canada
  • 80 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
  • Ottawa ON K1P 6R2
  • Telephone: 613-236-5912
  • Website: ndeb-bned.ca

Province of Quebec

Province of Quebec

In addition to holding a NDEB certificate, graduates who wish to practice in Quebec must meet the language requirement for professionals; see Language Requirements for Professions.

Further information regarding licensure in Quebec may be obtained from:

  • Ordre des Dentistes du Québec
  • 800 René-Lévesque Ouest, Suite 1640
  • Montreal QC H3B 1X9
  • Telephone: 514-875-8511
  • Email: info [at] odq.qc.ca
  • Website: www.odq.qc.ca

Dental Regulatory Authorities in Other Provinces

Dental Regulatory Authorities in Other Provinces

Students are advised to write to the addresses listed below for information whenever they are in doubt as to the regulations of any province in Canada.

  • Alberta –
  • Executive Registrar, Alberta Dental Association, Suite 101 - 8230 105th Street, Edmonton AB T6E 5H9
  • Website: www.dentalhealthalberta.ca
  • British Columbia –
  • Registrar, College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, Suite 500 - 1765 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 5C6
  • Website: www.cdsbc.org
  • Manitoba –
  • Registrar, Manitoba Dental Association, Suite 202-1735 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg MB R3N 0K4
  • Website: www.manitobadentist.ca
  • New Brunswick –
  • Registrar, New Brunswick Dental Society, 520 King Street, HSBC Place 820, Fredericton NB E3B 4Z9
  • Website: www.nbdental.com
  • Newfoundland –
  • Registrar, Newfoundland Dental Board, Suite 204, 49-55 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's NL A1A 1W9
  • Website: nldb.ca
  • Nova Scotia –
  • Registrar, Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia, Suite 102 - 1559 Brunswick Street, Halifax NS B3J 2G1
  • Website: pdbns.ca
  • Ontario –
  • Registrar, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, 6 Crescent Road, Toronto ON M4W 1T1
  • Website: www.rcdso.org
  • Prince Edward Island –
  • Registrar, Dental Association of Prince Edward Island, 184 Belvedere Avenue, Charlottetown PE C1A 2Z1
  • Website: www.dapei.ca
  • Saskatchewan –
  • Registrar, College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan, 201-1st Avenue South, 1202 the Tower at Midtown, Saskatoon SK S7K 1J5
  • Website: www.saskdentists.com

National Board of Dental Examiners (U.S.)

National Board of Dental Examiners (U.S.)

Students intending to practice in the United States are advised to contact:

  • Secretary, Council of the National Board of Dental Examiners, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611-2678
  • Website: www.ada.org

Information should also be obtained from the Secretary of the licensing board of the specific state in which the student intends to practise.

Programs, Courses and University Regulations—2017-2018 (last updated May. 15, 2017) (disclaimer)
Faculty of Dentistry—2017-2018 (last updated May. 15, 2017) (disclaimer)