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Dentists restore and maintain dental health by diagnosing and treating, operating on, or prescribing for any disease, pain, injury, deformity or physical condition of the oral and maxillofacial area. In general, this means the teeth, gums, jaws, and other areas of the head and neck as long as the mouth is involved. Under the supervision of a dentist, dental hygienists provide treatment to prevent cavities and gum diseases.

Licensing Requirements

The practice of dentistry or use of the title "dentist" within New York State requires licensure.

To be licensed as a dentist in New York State initially or through endorsement you must:

  • be of good moral character;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • meet education requirements;
  • meet examination requirements;
  • meet experience requirements; and
  • complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider.

You must file an application for licensure and the other forms indicated, along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.

The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 133, Section 6604 of New York State Education Law and Part 61 of the Commissioner's Regulations.


The fee for licensure and first registration is $377.
The fee for a limited permit is $105.
Fees are subject to change.

Licenses Issued and Active

In 2018, there were 644 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 655 licenses issued for this occupation.

As of July 1, 2020, there are 14,929 active licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Dentistry
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then ext. 550
Fax: (518) 473-0567
Email: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1021 - Dentist, General
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: (312) 440-2500


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/21/20.

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