Australian Health Directory

Dental and oral services

Dentists in Australia are required to register with the dental board in the state or territory in which they practice. In 2003 there were 12,985 dentists registered with state and territory dental boards across the country.

According to information published by the Australian Dental Industry Association, approximately 80% of dentists work in general dental practice. Specialists; orthodontists, endodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons make up around 16% of the dentist profession.

Dentists are represented by the Australian Dental Association. Membership implies an obligation for dentists to practice their profession in accordance with the standards laid down by the association.

The Australian Dental Council (ADC) is the prime self-regulatory body of the industry. It has representatives from a range of organisations associated with the standards of dental practice in Australia. It has a role in accreditation of dental education courses, occupational regulation and the assessment of the suitability for practice in Australia of dentists with qualifications from other countries. The ADC's accreditation and examination functions are reflected in State and Territory Dental Acts and associated regulations, although the organisation is not a statutory body.

This page provides access to the following directories: General dentistry, Cosmetic dentistry, Laboratories / Dentures and Specialist (orthodontists, periodontists, paediatric dentists, prosthodontists, endodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons).