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My periodontist says that he is “board certified.” What does that mean?

All periodontists must complete an additional three years of specialized training in surgery following dental school. Some choose to take the board-certification examination which is offered by the American Board of Periodontology, who is responsible for elevating the quality of care in their specialty. Board certification denotes someone who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty, and is part of an exclusive group approved by their peers. To be qualified for Board certification:

• Certification as a dentist, including a college degree and completion of dental school to earn D.M.D. degree.

• Certification as a periodontist after postdoctoral study in an ADA approved program. This period of study is concentrated on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of periodontal disease.

In addition to the educational requirements, Board certification requires:

• Comprehensive ABP Qualifying and Oral Examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants.

• Presentation of detailed reports on a broad range of actual treatment personally provided by the periodontist.

• Recertification every three years.
 
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