Specialist lists are designed to:
- protect the public against unwarranted claims of specialist skills and experience
- help the public, employers and others identify dentists with recognised specialist skills and experience in a district branch of dentistry and to support appropriate patient referral
- support development of scientific knowledge and education.
You can find a specialist by searching the GDC register.
What fields can dentists specialise in?
Please visit our education pages for the full list of specialist titles. Dentists on these lists have met minimum standards of training, as determined by European and GDC regulations.
Entry on to the lists
If you wish to apply to join one or more of the specialist lists, please download the relevant application form. To be listed you must be eligible under one of the agreed entry criteria.
Certificate of completion of specialist training (CCST) in the UK
If you are registered with the GDC and have completed an approved specialist training programme, you may apply for the award of a CCST and entry onto the relevant specialist list.
Applications for approved training programmes must be submitted to your regional postgraduate dental dean who will monitor you throughout your period of training. At the end of your training you must hold the agreed qualification awarded by one of the three Royal Surgical Colleges: the Royal College of Surgeons England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. You must fulfil all entry, training and assessment criteria to be eligible for the award of a CCST.
For information about the availability of training programmes in your area and information on how to apply, contact your regional postgraduate dental office.
Non-CCST routes to specialist listing
For UK and overseas qualified dentists without a CCST, alternative evidence can be considered for entry onto a specialist list. Please refer to the relevant application form and corresponding guidance notes detailing alternative criteria for entry onto a specialist list.
If you have completed a GDC-recognised specialist training programme and been awarded a CCST in restorative dentistry under the pre-2009 curriculum, you may also apply for a CCST and entry to the specialist lists in one or more of the former mono-specialties – endodontics, periodontics and prosthodontics - provided you submit a separate application for each.
For further information, please refer to our policy statement on restorative dentistry.
In February 2022, the Committee of Postgraduate Dental Deans and Directors (COPDEND) issued a statement on Joint Restorative Dentistry and Monospecialty CCST, which is supported by the GDC.
Work to revise the speciality curricula
The GDC is responsible for approving all curricula for education and training in specialist dentistry. The content of the curricula is developed by Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs) who report to the relevant Dental Faculties of the Royal Colleges. We have been working with the SACs to revise the specialty curricula and had originally envisaged new curricula would be in place by September 2022. This has now been revised to September 2023 to provide sufficient time to ensure a consistent approach across the specialties and to update training programmes and associated assessments.
For guidance and information on how this may affect your training, please contact your regional postgraduate dental office.