The National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE) is offered in the nine different recognized dental specialties in Canada, as well as Dental Sciences.
Dental Public Health
Dental Public Health is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and control of dental diseases and the promotion of oral health through organized community efforts. Dental Public Health serves the community through research, health promotion, education, and dental care programs.
Under the Constitution and College Bylaws, the Royal College of Dentists of Canada offers Fellowships in Dental Science to provide for the recognition and designation of dentists who possess special qualifications in areas not recognized as specialties. A Fellowship in Dental Sciences offers dentists primarily working in the area of research and teaching, who are not recognized Canadian specialists, an avenue to achieving fellowship. It provides a pathway to fellowship which will be of value to both the candidate and the institution. This Fellowship is open to such dentists who hold a MSc or PhD and are not licensed to practise in a recognized specialty.
Endodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the morphology, physiology, and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissues. Its study and practice encompass the basic clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp, and etiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular tissues.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is a specialty recognized by the Canadian Dental Association. Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the prescription, production, and interpretation of diagnostic images for the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the craniofacial complex.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is the branch and specialty of dentistry which is concerned with and includes the diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of disorders, diseases, injuries, and defects involving the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions and related structures.
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology
Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, nature and primarily non-surgical management of oral, maxillofacial, and temporomandibular diseases and disorders, including dental management of patients with medical complications. Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology are two applied components of this specialty.
Orthodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the supervision, guidance, and correction of the growing or mature dentofacial structures and the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of any abnormalities associated with these structures.
Pediatric Dentistry is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with providing primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health diagnosis, care, and consultative expertise for infants and children through adolescence, including those of all ages with special care needs.
Periodontics is the specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth or their substitutes and the maintenance of the health, function, and aesthetics of these structures and tissues.
Prosthodontics is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with the diagnosis, restoration, and maintenance of oral function, comfort, appearance, and health of the patient by the restoration of the natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes.