The Dental Specialist Society of British Columbia was founded in February 1987. The founding president was Dr. Dennis Nimchuk. Membership is voluntary and restricted to certified dental specialists licensed to practice in British Columbia. The goals of the DSSBC are:
- Represent the views and concerns of certified specialists with various public, private, and government bodies
- Improve public awareness of dental specialists and the services they provide
- Enhance oral health care for the public
- Promote high standards of excellence for specialists in the province
- Provide fellow health professionals and the public with a directory of certified dental specialists
The directory on this web page provides a list of all active members. Please contact the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (www.cdsbc.org) or the British Columbia Dental Association (www.bcdental.org) if you cannot locate the name of a specialist in the DSSBC directory.
The DSSBC logo can only be used by active members in good standing and identifies a professional as a certified dental specialist. The logo represents a promise of excellence, integrity, and professionalism.
What is a certified dental specialist?
A specialist is a dentist who has pursued and completed additional post graduate training in a specific field of dentistry. Post graduate programs are typically from two to six years of clinical training, study, and research at an accredited university. Upon successful completion of the advanced study and training, it is necessary to pass both an oral and written fellowship examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (www.rcdc.ca) before formal recognition as a certified specialist in Canada. Licensure to practice in British Columbia as a specialist is governed by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (www.cdsbc.org).
Certified specialists are dentists and are governed by the same ethical guidelines and professional regulations. A dentist will refer a patient to a specialist to complement or enhance the professional dental care a person receives. Specialists will work in conjunction with a patient and their dentist. Unlike a medical specialist, it is NOT necessary to have a referral from a health professional to see a certified dental specialist.
Every person has the right to contact a dental specialist directly for an appointment.
The DSSBC web site will help you find a certifide dental specialist. In addition, both the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. (www.cdsbc.org) and the B.C. Dental Association (www.bcdental.org) are great resources for finding a local certified specialist. The recognised specialties in BC are:
- Dental Public Health
- Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
- Oral Medicine
- Oral Pathology
- Oral Radiology
The mission of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC) is to maintain the high standards of specialty education, practice and certification for the recognised dental specialties. Please visit the RCDC web page for more information about dental specialties in Canada (www.rcdc.ca).