If you wish to practice dentistry in the Federal Republic of Germany, you generally require a license to practice dentistry.
If you have not completed your training in a member state of the European Union or a contracting state of the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you may also be granted a permit to practice dentistry temporarily upon application. The permit may be restricted to certain activities and places of employment. It may only be granted on a revocable basis and only up to a total duration of the dental activity of no more than two years. In exceptional cases, the permit may be extended beyond this period. In Bavaria, the Government of Upper Bavaria is responsible for issuing the permit for work in the administrative districts of Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, Swabia and Upper Palatinate, and the Government of Lower Franconia is responsible for work in the administrative districts of Upper Franconia, Middle Franconia and Lower Franconia.
If you have completed your training in an EU/EEA state or Switzerland, you will not normally be granted a permit. Instead, you must immediately apply for an Approbation (license to practice medicine). An exception applies if there is a special interest in the granting of the permit with regard to the intended dental activity.
In certain cases, nationals of an EU/EEA state or Switzerland may practice the dental profession in the Federal Republic of Germany without an Approbation as a dentist or without a permit to temporarily practice dentistry, provided they temporarily and occasionally act as providers of services within the meaning of Article 57 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. However, you are subject to a notification requirement. The competent government (see above) will inform you whether you need a permit.