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Please note that following an Taoiseach's advice to minimise social contact and to work from home in as far as it is possible, the staff of the Dental Council are now working remotely.
Our office phone number will be answered but we would ask that people wishing to contact the office would do so by email, unless absolutely necessary.
Our contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the staff of the Dental Council we would like to thank you for your co-operation and patience with these arrangements
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]
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.
24 March 2015
Dental Council :
An Chomhairle Fiacloireachta, the Dental Council, was established under the provisions of the Dentists Act 1985 (www.irishstatutebook.ie). 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.