There are over 9,300 dentists in Ontario. Only dentists with a valid Certificate of Registration or licences from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario are permitted to practise in Ontario. A dentist must satisfy specific academic and professional qualifications and standards set by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the College to obtain a Certificate of Registration.
A major requirement for registration is to be a graduate of a recognized, accredited dental program. Accredited general dentistry programs are those recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. These include programs taken in Canada, the United States, Australia (for those who graduated on or after March 2010), New Zealand (for those who graduated on or after December 14, 2011), and Ireland (for those who graduated on or after December 5, 2012).
If you did not graduate from one of these recognized programs then you must first successfully complete either an accredited Qualifying/Degree Completion Program OR the National Dental Examining Board of Canada Equivalency Process. Please see the section on “Internationally Educated/Trained” and contact the NDEB directly: www.ndeb-bned.ca.