In Canada, a dentist can apply for recognition as a certified specialist after:
In British Columbia, the recognition of a certified specialist is governed by the BC College of Oral Health Professionals. Dental specialists are governed by the same ethical guidelines and professional regulations as general dentists.
A general dentist will refer to a specialist to compliment or enhance the oral care a person is receiving. The referral is often for both diagnosis and treatment and occasionally for a diagnosis and a professional opinion.
Dental specialists most often work in conjunction with both you and your general dentist. However, a referral from a general dentist is not necessary for you to see a specialist; every person has the right to contact a dental specialist directly.
Visit Find a Dentist for a list of certified specialists accepting new patients; a complete list of licensed practising specialists in BC can be found through the BC College of Oral Health Professionals.