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How to find out if a dentist is a registered specialist with the General Dental Council (GDC)

By January 10, 2020 May 11th, 2021 No Comments

Sometimes we get questions from patients to see if we are specialists. Any registered dentist can work in a particular filed of dentistry, but only those on those on the GDC’s specialist list can call themselves a ‘specialist’. As Specialists in endodontics we have met certain strict requirements and been given the right by the GDC to use the title ‘specialist’.

From the GDC Standards:

Specialist titles

If you are a dentist and are on a GDC specialist list you can use the title ‘Specialist’ or describe yourself as a ‘specialist in….’ If you are a dentist and you are not on a GDC specialist list you must not use titles which may imply specialist status such as Orthodontist, Periodontist, Endodontist etc. There are no specialist lists for dental care professionals. If you are a dental care professional you must ensure that you do not mislead patients by using titles which could imply specialist status, such as ‘Smile specialist’ or ‘Denture specialist’. If you are not on a specialist list you must not describe yourself as ‘specialising in…’ a particular form of treatment but may use the terms ‘special interest in..’, ‘experienced in..’ or ‘practice limited to..’

So as a dentist you cannot describe yourself as an Endodontist or a specialist without being on the GDC’s specialist list.

To look for a specialist click here

To look Nicolai up on the GDC’s specialist list click here

To look Ammar up on the GDC’s specialist list click here