Dental Licensing in Oregon

Licensure & Registration for Dental Professional in Oregon

It is unlawful for any person not otherwise authorized by law to practice dentistry or purport to be a dentist without a valid license to practice dentistry issued by the Oregon Board of Dentistry, read below for more information about being a licensed dental professional in Oregon


Oregon issues dental licenses in nine dental specialties:  Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dental Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Public Health Dentistry.

Information For Dentists



OAR 818-035-0040 allows that, after completing the required education and obtaining the appropriate license endorsement(s) from the Board, a Dental Hygienist may, under the general supervision of a dentist:

  • Administer local anesthetic agents;
  • Use high-speed handpieces to polish amalgams; and
  • Apply temporary soft relines to full dentures (the patient must be seen by the dentist within 14 days after application of the temporary soft relines).

Infomation For Hygienists

Dental Assistants

There are multiple ways for obtaining dental assisting certification for the state of Oregon and it can be a confusing to figure out which way is easiest for you.

Information for Dental Assistants