Scopes of Practice > Dentists



Scope of Practice from Individual Acts

The practice of dentistry is the assessment of the physical condition of the oral-facial complex and the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of any disease, disorder or dysfunction of the oral-facial complex.



Alternate / Additional Description of Scope

A dentist is a doctor of oral health. A dentist is a medical professional who specializes in the care of teeth, gums, and mouths



Summarized Controlled Acts

Administering a substance by injection or inhalation

Applying or ordering the application of a form of energy

Communicating a diagnosis

Fitting or dispensing a dental prosthesis, orthodontic or periodontal appliance

Performing a procedure on tissue below the dermis

Prescribing, dispensing, selling or compounding a drug

Setting or casting a fracture of a bone or a dislocation of a joint (partial)



Authorized Acts

4. In the course of engaging in the practice of dentistry, a member is authorized, subject to the terms, conditions and limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, to perform the following:

1. Communicating a diagnosis identifying a disease or disorder of the oral-facial complex as the cause of a person’s symptoms.

2. Performing a procedure on tissue of the oral-facial complex below the dermis, below the surface of a mucous membrane or in or below the surfaces of the teeth, including the scaling of teeth.

3. Harvesting tissue for the purpose of surgery on the oral-facial complex.

4. Setting a fracture of a bone of the oral-facial complex or setting a dislocation of a joint of the oral-facial complex.

5. Administering a substance by injection or inhalation.

6. Applying or ordering the application of a prescribed form of energy.

7. Prescribing, dispensing or compounding a drug.

7.1 Selling a drug in accordance with the regulations.

8. Fitting or dispensing a dental prosthesis, or an orthodontic or periodontal appliance or a device used inside the mouth to protect teeth from abnormal functioning. 1991, c. 24, s. 4; 2009, c. 26, s. 6 (1).