Look for a Specialist

Look for a specialist

As well as the dentists and dental care professionals Registers, GDC hold lists of dental specialists. Any registered dentist can work in a particular field of dentistry (such as orthodontics or oral surgery), but only those on the GDC specialist lists can call themselves a 'specialist'. These dentists have met certain requirements and been given the right by the GDC to use the title 'specialist'.

You can search for a specialist using the GDC Register search.

What fields can dentists specialise in?

There are 13 specialist lists. Dentists on these lists have been granted entry because they have met certain minimum standards of training. The routes for entry are determined by European and GDC regulations. There are lists for:

Special Care Dentistry

The improvement of the oral health of individuals and groups in society who have a physical, sensory, intellectual, mental, medical, emotional or social impairment or disability or, more often, a combination of these factors. It pertains to adolescents and adults.

Oral Surgery

The treatment and ongoing management of irregularities and pathology of the jaw and mouth that require surgical intervention. This includes the specialty previously called Surgical Dentistry.


The development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite and jaw.

Paediatric Dentistry

Comprehensive therapeutic oral health care for children from birth through adolescence, including care for those who demonstrate intellectual, medical, physical, psychological and/or emotional problems.


The cause, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the tooth root, dental pulp, and surrounding tissue.


The diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders (infections and inflammatory) of the gums and other structures around the teeth.


The replacement of missing teeth and the associated soft and hard tissues by prostheses (crowns, bridges, dentures) which may be fixed or removable, or may be supported and retained by implants.

Restorative Dentistry

The restoration of diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function. Includes all aspects of Endodontics, Periodontics and Prosthodontics.

Dental Public Health

A non-clinical specialty involving the science and art of preventing oral diseases, promoting oral health to the population rather than the individual. It involves the assessment of dental health needs and ensuring dental services meet those needs.

Oral Medicine

Oral health care of patients with chronic recurrent and medically related disorders of the mouth and with their diagnosis and non-surgical management.

Oral Microbiology

Diagnosis and assessment of facial infection, typically bacterial and fungal disease. This is a clinical specialty undertaken by laboratory-based personnel who provide reports and advice based on interpretation of microbiological samples.

Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Diagnosis and assessment made from tissue changes characteristic of disease of the oral cavity, jaws and salivary glands. This is a clinical specialty undertaken by laboratory-based personnel.

Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology

Involves all aspects of medical imaging which provide information about anatomy, function and diseased states of the teeth and jaws.