Dentists Act, 1928

Prohibition of practice of dentistry by unregistered persons.

45.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this section it shall not be lawful for any person on or after the date of the passing of this Act to practise or to represent or hold himself out whether directly or by implication as practising or being prepared to practise dentistry or dental surgery unless such person is a registered dentist.

(2) During the period between the passing of this Act and the establishment of the register any person who, though not a registered dentist within the meaning of this Act, would be entitled (subject only to the payment of fees) to be registered in the register if the register were then established may notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this section practise dentistry and dental surgery and may represent and hold himself out as practising dentistry and dental surgery.

(3) The provisions of the foregoing sub-sections shall not operate to prohibit—

(a) the practice of dentistry or dental surgery by a registered medical practitioner, or

(b) the extraction of a tooth without the application of any local or general anaesthetic by a duly registered pharmaceutical chemist, chemist and druggist, or druggist or a licentiate apothecary in dental cases which are urgent and where a registered dentist or a registered medical practitioner is not available for the purpose of such extraction, or

(c) the employment of mechanics or apprentices by a registered dentist to carry out under the supervision of such registered dentist any work which is usually done in a dental workshop.

(4) Every person who acts in contravention of this section shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable in respect of each such offence on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding one hundred pounds.