Programs

Welcome to Programs, Faculty of Dentistry

Comprehensive training

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto offers a comprehensive range of academic programs, including an undergraduate Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program, and the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP), which prepares internationally-trained dentists to practice dentistry in Canada.

Looking for graduate studies? We offer MSc and PhD programs, with or without specialty training. Our Faculty proudly offers training in all 10 of the dental specialties recognized in Canada, as well as Dental Anaesthesia.

We also run special programs such as our elective program, the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP), the Hospital Dental Residency Program, and collaborative programs. Browse the buttons below for more information.

For our breadth of education, we are unique in Canada, and our high standards of scholarship and vibrant diversity make the Faculty of Dentistry Canada's preeminent research and education centre.

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) Program 

An internationally recognized dental program, the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree comprises the first and biggest step towards practicing dentistry. Through this four-year degree, students experience a curriculum that crosses basic and clinical sciences, ensuring that scientific and professional development proceed smoothly through each student’s education.

In years 1 and 2 of this professional degree, students gain in-depth expertise on the fundamentals of dentistry, basic science and diagnostics. In years 3 and 4, students are given unique opportunities to treat patients in one of our 14 dental clinics, or through one of our community service learning opportunities. 

Curious about curriculum, application requirements and more? Start with the Doctor of Dental Surgery section of the Faculty Calendar, or visit Undergraduate Courses.

How do I apply? Learn more here.

International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP) 

The International Dentist Advanced Placement Program (IDAPP) is a special six month preparatory program intended for graduates of non-accredited dental programs,(educational programs that have not been recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation). Our goal is to prepare students to take the examinations of the National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB), which graduates of accredited dental programs must take to obtain certification.

What next? 

Students who successfully complete the program are fully integrated into the third year of our four year Doctor of Dental Surgery Program (DDS), which leads to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery. Upon successful completion of the International Dentist Advanced Placement Program, year three and four of the DDS program and the NDEB examinations, graduates will be eligible for licensure/ registration as a dentist in all provinces in Canada.

 

How do I apply? Start here. 

Curious about curriculum, eligibility and more? Start with the IDAPP Section of the Faculty of Dentistry Calendar, or visit Undergraduate Courses. 

Graduate Studies

From the creation of novel biomaterials to pain studies, and from advanced microbiome studies to global health population research, new Faculty of Dentistry graduate students join the premiere Canadian graduate research and education centre in the oral health sciences.

Applicants to graduate degree programs at the Faculty of Dentistry choose between two educational streams:

MSc and PhD degrees. This stream provides for the advanced education of research scientists.

MSc and PhD degrees with Dental Specialty Training, which combines advanced research with specialty training for clinicians.

 

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

With the exception of the M.Sc. Specialty Training, Coursework Only Option, all graduate degrees require a thesis project. Under the supervision of a School of Graduate Studies faculty member and a thesis committee, graduate students develop a thesis project. After honing the thesis under the guidance of a faculty supervisor and committee, the degree culminates in an oral defense of the thesis.

Graduate students taking the MSc or PhD with Specialty Training will receive training in one of our 11 specialty training programs, which may both enrich their thesis work, and prepare them for fulfilling careers as specialist clinicians. 

Choosing the Right Program for You

  • Are you considering a career in teaching at the post-secondary level?
  • Are you interested in pursuing advanced training in a scientific or medical field?

If you have a bachelor of science degree, consider the Faculty of Dentistry MSc program at the Faculty of Dentistry.

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

The MSc program is a traditional, thesis-based graduate research degree. As a student, you will create an individual research project supervised by a School of Graduate Studies faculty member and overseen by an advisory committee. Your program will culminate in the oral defense of a written thesis based on the research work completed during the program.

Learn more about the MSc Degree Program in the Graduate Degree Programs’ section of our Faculty Calendar. 

Start developing your application package today.

Choosing the Right Program for You

  • Do you want to become an independent research scientist?
  • Are you considering a career in academia?

With any advanced degree in a related field you are eligible to consider a PhD degree at the Faculty of Dentistry.

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

The PhD research program is designed to prepare students for careers in advanced research and teaching.

Learn more about the program in the Graduate students section, including in-depth information on program timelines, benchmarks and milestones, or visit our Faculty Calendar.

*Please note All applications to Graduate programs are made through the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto

Choosing the Right Program for You

  • MSc with Dental Specialty Training: Do your career goals involve combining clinical specialty practice with part-time teaching or research?
  • PhD with Dental Specialty Training: Are you looking for a full-time research and education career, either in a university or in an industry setting? Is your goal to become a clinician scientist?

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto offers advanced training in each of the below 10 specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association and accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, as well as Dental Anaesthesia. 

  • Dental Anaesthesia
  • Dental Public Health
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and/or Oral Medicine
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Paediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics

If you have a dental degree (DDS/DMD/ or an equivalent degree), you may be considered for MSc or PhD degree Dental Specialty Training at the Faculty of Dentistry.

At-A-Glance: Your Graduate Degree at the Faculty of Dentistry

Both MSc and PhD Programs in Dental Specialty Training combines cutting-edge health research with advanced clinical training in a dental specialty. Students may choose from the following two academic streams:

MSc Thesis Option: offered for dental graduates seeking advanced training in a clinical specialty as well as training in research. Between 12 and 24 months after starting the MSc (Thesis Option), a student who may wish to transfer to the PhD program may do so after successfully completing the PhD transfer examination.

MSc Coursework-Only Option: offered for dental graduates seeking advanced training in a clinical specialty in which additional coursework and a research practicum are undertaken as an alternative to a thesis.

As a student in either academic stream, you will create an individual research project supervised by a School of Graduate Studies appointed faculty member, with the help of an advisory committee.

Alongside thesis work (or coursework, for the Coursework Only Option), the student will also receive specialty training in one of the 10 clinical specialties at the Faculty of Dentistry.

PhD: 12 to 24 months after starting the PhD, a student must successfully complete the PhD qualifying examination.

Learn more about the program structure and courses in the ‘Graduate Degree Programs’ section of our Faculty Calendar.

 

Dental Anaesthesia residents receive extensive clinical training through rotations with University of Toronto-affiliated teaching hospitals as well as the Faculty’s fully-equipped Anaesthesia Surgicentre. Residents master a wide range of anaesthetic techniques, including conscious sedation, deep sedation and general anaesthesia for both adult, paediatric and special needs care. Anaesthesia research covers a broad range of topics, from orofacial inflammation to pain mechanisms and control to population studies on access to anaesthesia. 

Successful completion of the program entitles the student to challenge the examination of the American Board of Dental Anesthesia.  Successful completion of this Board examination allows the student to apply for specialty licensure in Dental Anesthesia from the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

Diagnose, prevent and control dental diseases and promote oral and overall health through organized community efforts. As a branch and specialty, Dental Public Health prioritizes community health promotion, research, education and group dental care programs.

Dental Public Health at the Faculty of Dentistry offers rich, research-oriented graduate programs at both the MSc and PhD levels. As part of these graduate specialty programs, students analyze topics such as national data on health expenditures, dental health services use, or the strength of dental public health interventions with indigenous populations. 

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Endodontics encompasses the morphology, physiology and pathology of the dental pulp and periradicular tissues, the basic clinical sciences, including biology of the normal pulp, and etiology, diagnosis prevention, and treatment of diseases and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular tissues.

Students hone their clinical skills in all aspects of endodontic treatment in this program, and contribute to critical bodies of knowledge - from a comprehension of the underlying biology to diagnosis and prevention, including topics such as epidemiology, treatment outcomes, and the optimization of root canal procedures.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Candidates in this M.Sc. specialty program undertake an in-depth study of the mechanisms and origins of oral, maxillofacial and temporomandibular diseases and disorders. In these specialties, students learn advanced diagnostic techniques as well as surgical and non-surgical treatment. Clinical and laboratory study may be combined with teaching experience, both in lecture and seminar environments. 

A combined Oral Medicine (OM) and Oral Pathology (OP) program provides 4 years of study. Oral Pathology and Oral Medicine may also be taken as separate programs, each of which is 3 years in duration.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.  Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Students in the M.Sc. specialty program in oral and maxillofacial radiology are concerned with the prescription, production and interpretation of diagnostic images of the craniofacial complex. Residents learn to identify and interpret the characteristic features of disease in diagnostic imaging studies made in the Faculty of Dentistry, or in one of the associated teaching hospitals. Graduate students receive extensive clinical experience in diagnostic imaging, including radiography (both intra- and extra-oral); sialography; medical and cone beam computed tomography; and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.  Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a field of specialty concerned with the diagnosis as well as the surgical and adjunctive treatment of disorders, diseases, injuries and defects involving the functional and aesthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions and related structures. With clinical rotations at numerous University of Toronto-affiliated teaching hospitals, including Mount Sinai and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centres, as well as our fully-equipped surgical suites, residents in this Graduate program master all aspects of this specialty. Students in the program also undertake critical clinical, epidemiological, education or laboratory research, to be presented in a comprehensive thesis and supported by an oral defense. 

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada.  Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Supervise, guide and correct abnormalities in growing or mature dentofacial structures with a specialty degree in orthodontics. At the Faculty of Dentistry, orthodontics specialty instruction is equally divided between didactic and clinical practice for the treatment of malocclusions. As they conduct an original research project in the field of orthodontics, which must be successfully published in a peer reviewed journal, students benefit enormously from the Faculty’s world-renowned research and treatment partners, the Burlington Growth Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children’s Cleft Lip and Palate and Congenital Anomalies Program.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Students in the Faculty’s paediatric dentistry graduate program gain comprehensive expertise in the diagnosis and care of infants, children and person with special needs of all ages. The program provides students with a unique blend of in-house and hospital-based clinical learning, as well as service learning rotations to treat First Nations children in Moose Factory and programs targeting Persons with Special Needs. 

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Periodontics is concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases and placement of dental implants..Students in the periodontology graduate specialty program balance rigorous clinical training with strong, graduate-level research, which may be conducted with the following centres: the Severe/Refractory Periodontal Diseases Unit; the Oral Reconstruction Centre; or laboratory research combining basic biological and clinical sciences with groups such as the internationally-recognized Matrix Dynamics research group.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

The prosthodontics graduate specialty program gives students expertise in the restoration of natural teeth and/or the replacement of missing teeth and contiguous oral and maxillofacial tissues with artificial substitutes. All aspects of the broad specialty are covered in this Graduate Specialty program, including the scientific basis and clinical skills in fixed, removable and implant prosthodontics, plus exposure to maxillofacial prosthetics.

This program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Successful completion entitles the student to challenge the National Dental Specialty Examination administered by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada.

Collaborative Programs

The Faculty of Dentistry engages in a wide array of health-related cross-disciplinary research. Graduate students enrolled at the Faculty are eligible to enroll in any of the Collaborative Programs listed below. Students who successfully fulfil their program requirements receive a notation on their official transcript and parchment. 

Applications for these programs are made to the University of Toronto's School of Graduate Studies, Collaborative Programs. 

 

Aging, Palliative & Supportive Care Across Life Course

Students enrolled in this program tackle issues related to aging and palliative care with an emphasis of viewing aging as part of the life cycle. 

Biomedical Engineering

Housed in Faculty of Dentistry's world-renowned research arm, the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), this program offers graduate students the opportunity to integrate biological research with engineering and medicine. 

Cardiovascular Sciences

An intrinsic link has been made between oral health and cardiovascular health. Drawing upon one of our greatest strengths in research, students in this program can explore the wonders of cardiovascular health research. 

Global Health

From the community-level to the global community, this program addresses the relationships between different levels of government and how policy interventions shape the future. 

The Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CPMS)

One of only two programs of its kind in North America, the Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CPMS) prepares graduate students to become leading researchers in the field of musculoskeletal sciences. 

Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN)

Peering deep into the mysteries of the neurological system, this program builds upon Dentistry's strengths in pain and neuroscience research. 

Women's Health 

This program provides advanced interdisciplinary training in women's health towards the building of strong relationships between researchers and health practitioners across the University of Toronto's 10 affiliated hospitals. 

 

Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP)

If you are a graduate of a non-accredited dental specialty program, and want to engage in specialty clinical dental practice in Canada, the Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP) might be right for you.

This special university program is for graduates of any program that has not been accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada [CDAC] or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation [CODA]). This is a 2-phase program: an ‘assessment’ phase (approx. 3 months) and a ‘gap training phase’ (up to 9 months). If you successfully complete the DSATP, you can then apply to challenge the the National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE), which in turn qualifies successful candidates for apply for specialist licensure by a Dental Regulatory Authority.

The Faculty of Dentistry offers the following programs for DSATP assessment and training:

  • Dental Public Health *
  • Endodontics
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery *
  • Oral Medicine *
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology *
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Paediatric Dentistry *
  • Periodontology
  • Prosthodontics

* Unable to accept applications in 2017

Elective Program

The Elective Program allows both undergraduate and postgraduate students an opportunity to fully participate, on an elective basis, in the educational programs offered at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, or its affiliated teaching hospitals. Electives are designed to deepen the scope of a student’s education or clinical expertise. Once you are familiar with the following information, proceed to the Elective Program application.

If you are a DDS student or a Registered Clinical Specialty Student, you are welcome to apply to the clinical elective program. If you are a dental student with another Faculty, you may participate only as an observer. 

Available Electives

Electives are available, on an as-available basis, in the following fields:

  • Dental Anaesthesia
  • Endodontics*
  • General Dentistry*
  • General dentistry for medically complex patients
  • Geriatric dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery**
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Periodontics*
  • Prosthodontics*

* Unable to accept applications for June, July or August placements.

**Unable to accept applications at this time, please check back for further updates.

Find application guidelines here

 

Hospital Dental Residency Program

Dental residencies are available annually for a period of one calendar year starting in June. Successful applicants will be registered as postgraduate students in the Faculty of Dentistry for the length of their appointment.

Usually thirteen positions are available at the following hospitals:

  • The Hospital for Sick Children (4 positions)
  • Mount Sinai Hospital (6 positions)
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (3 positions)

Our partner hospitals have active dental departments offering a wide range of dental services. Residents undertake supervised clinical experience in hospital dentistry and are assigned to other hospital departments. A three-week to one-month assignment to a northern Ontario hospital is also offered. A special seminar course for dental residents is arranged by the Hospital Relations Committee of the Faculty of Dentistry.

The two-part application process involves submission of an application package, and a follow-up interview for select candidates. Applicants are assessed by the hospital department to which they apply. Get started here.