Specialising allows a dentist to focus on one particular field. The GDC currently recognises 13 various fields of dentistry with regards to their specialist register. In addition, there is also the field of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, which in the UK is recognised as a medical specialty.
You are not required to join a specialist list to practise a specialty, however, only dentists on these specialist lists have the right to use the ‘specialist’ title.
Over the next few weeks we will be posting a series of articles where you will be able to find out more about each specialty from experts in their respective fields, with advice on the specialty pathway as well as sharing their experiences as a specialist.