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Specialty Licensure

The Kentucky Board of Dentistry recognizes only fields of specialty duly recognized and approved by the American Dental Association.

Individuals licensed as specialists may not practice outside of that specialty except as provided for in KRS 313.035(3).

Initial Application

To apply for licensure as a specialist in Kentucky, you must submit the following application.

Application for Specialty Licensure

To be eligible to apply for licensure as a specialist, you must meet the following requirements with no exceptions:

  • Hold an active Kentucky li​cense to practice general dentistry, or apply for a general dental license concurrently with your application for licensure as a specialist
  • Successfully completed a CODA accredited graduate or postgraduate specialty program after your graduation from a dental school

Additionally, you must prove that you meet the requirements of 201 KAR 8:530E Section 8 by submitting the documentation described in the following instruction checklist.

Dental Specialty Licensure Instructions