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A dentist restores and maintains 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.

Licensing Requirements

An applicant must file an application for licensure/registration with the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professsions, to practice as a dentist in New York State. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions website at

Licenses Issued and Active

From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009, there were 502 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of January 3, 2010, there were 18,130 currently registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 550

Standard Occupational Classification

29-1020 - Dentist
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
Fax: (312) 440-2800


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 12/7/12.

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