Licenses and permits to practice dentistry and dental hygiene or to prescribe medication for a patient must be obtained by a dentist or dental hygienist on forms provided by the Department of Professional Regulation. A summary of these licenses and fees is presented below.
Illinois Dental Practice Act (225 ILCS 25/11)
Sec. 11. Types of Dental Licenses. The Department shall have the authority to issue the following types of licenses:
a. General licenses. The Department shall issue a license authorizing practice as a dentist to any person who qualifies for a license under this Act.
b. Specialty licenses. The Department shall issue a license authorizing practice as a specialist in any particular branch of dentistry to any dentist who has complied with the requirements established for that particular branch of dentistry at the time of making application. The Department shall establish additional requirements of any dentist who announces or holds himself or herself out to the public as a specialist or as being specially qualified in any particular branch of dentistry.
No dentist shall announce or hold himself or herself out to the public as a specialist or as being specially qualified in any particular branch of dentistry unless he or she is licensed to practice in that specialty of dentistry.
The fact that any dentist shall announce by card, letterhead or any other form of communication using terms as "Specialist," "Practice Limited To" or "Limited to Specialty of" with the name of the branch of dentistry practiced as a specialty, or shall use equivalent words or phrases to announce the same, shall be prima facie evidence that the dentist is holding himself or herself out to the public as a specialist.
(225 ILCS 25/12)
Sec. 12. Necessity for Licensure of Dental Hygienists. No person, unless a dentist, shall perform the operative procedures of dental hygiene without first applying for and obtaining a license for such purpose.
The Department shall issue a license authorizing practice as a dental hygienist to any person who qualifies for such license pursuant to this Act.
In addition to the license authorized by this Section the Department shall deliver to each dental hygienist a separate certificate of identification in a form specified by the Department. (Source: P.A> 89-80, eff. 6-30-95; 89-116, eff. 7-7-95)
To obtain any additional information or download application/renewal forms please go to http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/WHO/dent.asp.
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