After obtaining a degree in dentistry, a dentist must complete an additional two-year residency in the specialty of Endodontics to become an Endodontist. Board Certification is not required of an Endodontic Specialist, therefore, not all Endodontists are Board Certified.
Board Certification is a voluntary process that tests a clinicians' knowledge and abilities above and beyond the scope of the required two-year residency. How do Dr. Starr's qualifications as a Board Certified specialist differ from other Endodontists? How does Board Certification benefit you as a patient? Here are some answers...
American Association of Endodontists sponsors the American Board of
Endodontics. Founded in 1956, the American Board of Endodontics is the
only certifying board for the specialty of endodontics and is one of the
nine specialty boards recognized by the American Dental Association.
purpose of the ABE is to assure the public that the endodontists it
certifies have demonstrated exceptional knowledge, skill and expertise
in the specialty of endodontics, and to progressively raise the quality
of patient care.
What is a Board Certified Endodontist?
An Endodontist who has satisfied all requirements of the Certification
process of the ABE, has been declared Board Certified by the Directors
of the ABE, and maintains Board Certification. This individual is a
Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.
What is the Value of Board Certification?
achieve Diplomate status, an Endodontist has shown great inner
motivation and exceptional commitment to continuing professional growth.
A Board-Certified Endodontist understands the importance of:
- Achieving the highest level of knowledge and skill possible
- Continually pursuing new knowledge and experience
- Fully understanding and applying new research and advances to the practice of endodontics
- Providing the highest possible quality of care for the patient
What are the Requirements to Become Board Certified in Endodontics?
a voluntary process, requires a review of the Endodontists' education and
successful completion of the three-part examination process:
Examination: A four-hour examination that tests a broad range of
knowledge in anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, microbiology,
pharmacology, radiology, statistics, clinical endodontics and related
Case History Examination: Presentation of a diverse range of complex
cases from the Endodontists' own practice that demonstrate exceptional
knowledge, skills and expertise in the full scope of the field of
Oral Examination: The Endodontist is required to demonstrate a high level
of skill in endodontic diagnosis, evaluation, analysis, creativity,
decision-making and problem solving.
Upon successful completion of all three examinations the Endodontist is
certified as a "Diplomate of The American Board of Endodontics."
Certification as a Diplomate signifies a unique achievement.
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