Dental Council
57 Merrion Square
Dublin 2, Ireland



28th June:

  • Minimata:
  • 20th June:

  • Dental Council Newsletter, June 2018
  • 15th February:

  • Dental Council Newsletter, December 2017
  • 19th June:

  • Irish Graduates
  • 11th April:

  • Patient Information

    Retention Fees 2018:Please note if you wish to change your address on a Register you must contact the Dental Councils offices directly at This cannot be done through the online payment system.

    Important Notice: Please note we do not accept payment of the retention fee over the phone

    2018 Dental Council examination for non-EEA trained dentists - UPDATE

    • First-time applications for the 2018 Dental Council examination will be accepted between 4th September and 30th November 2017. Applications received outside of this date range will not be considered.
    • Please note that the Dental Council is accepting a maximum of 10 new applications for the 2018 examination. This is due to capacity issues arising from the high number of candidates already in the examination process and who are eligible to repeat a part of the examination, as per the examination regulations.
    • Places will be allocated on a strict first come, first served basis to new applicants who have submitted fully-completed applications. Incomplete applications will be returned.
    • A reserve or standby list will be in operation in the event that a new applicant or repeat candidate fails to accept an offer of a place.


    2018 Dental Council examination for non-EEA trained dentists - REPEAT CANDIDATES

    • Repeat candidates will be required to confirm their intention to re-sit the relevant part of the 2018 examination by 31st October 2017. This represents a change to the previous date of 30th November as per Section 12 of the examination regulations. Failure to confirm by this date will count as an attempt and an examination place will be made available to a new applicant through the operation of a reserve list.

    Dental Council
    31 August 2017

    Statement on orthodontic devices provided directly to the public

    The Dental Council has recently become aware that a number of manufacturers are providing orthodontic appliances directly to members of the public outside of the dental surgery setting. The Council has issued guidance to patients and dentists on this matter (see link below).

    Dental Council Statement on orthodontic devices provided to the public[Adobe Acrobat .PDF]

    Dental Council
    7 April 2017


    Malicious Online Content

    The Council has become aware of a number of false and malicious allegations that have been posted on a number of online fora, purporting to be from patients, concerning treatment allegedly provided by some members of the Dental Council. These allegations, and the contents of the postings, are totally untrue.

    The European Dental organisations to which they refer do not exist, nor have any of the people referred to ever been treated by the dentists in question. None of the dentists referred to in the postings have been the subject of disciplinary action by the Dental Council.

    The postings are part of an orchestrated campaign by a disgruntled individual (who has never been a patient of any of the dentists in question). We are seeking to have this material removed. Please feel free to contact the Council offices if you are a patient and are concerned about any information you may have accessed on-line.

    Dental Council
    24 March 2015


    Dental Council :

    An Chomhairle Fiacloireachta, the Dental Council, was established under the provisions of the Dentists Act 1985 ( Its general concern is to promote high standards of professional education and professional conduct among dentists.



    The main functions assigned to the Council under the Act are:

    • To establish, maintain and publish a Register of Dentists and a Register of Dental Specialists and to provide for the registration and the retention of dentists names in these registers.
    • To satisfy itself as to the adequacy and suitability of the dental education and training provided in the State's dental schools and to the standards required at examinations for primary qualifications.
    • To inquire into the fitness of a registered dentist to practise dentistry on the grounds of his alleged professional misconduct or his alleged unfitness to practise by reason of physical or mental disability and to take appropriate action. The Council has power, subject in some instances to confirmation by the High Court to advise, admonish, censure, suspend, attach conditions to registration or erase a dentist's name from the Register.
    • To make, with the consent of the Minister, schemes for the establishment of classes of auxiliary dental workers.
    • To discharge the duties assigned to the Council pursuant to the provisions of EU Dental Directives.
    • To advise the dental profession and the public on all matters relating to dental ethics and professional behaviour.
    • To advise the Minister on all matters relating to the functions of the Council under the Act.