Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics

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Board Certification

What is the American Board of Endodontics?

The American Board of Endodontics is the only certifying board in the dental specialty of Endodontics. It is recognized by the American Dental Association and the American Association of Endodontists.

The purpose of the ABE is to assure the patients that the endodontists it certifies demonstrates exceptional knowledge, skill and expertise in the endodontic specialty and to progressively raise the quality of patient care.

What it Means to be a Diplomate and the value of a certificate?

Only 20% of all endodontic specialists achieve the Diplomate, board certification status. By achieving the Diplomate status, your endodontist has gone beyond the endodontic specialty education and licensing requirements of the American Dental Association. He has shown a great inner motivation and exceptional commitment to continuing professional growth by completing examinations administered by a panel of experts. Completing this three part examination demonstrates:

• Achieving the highest level of knowledge and skill possible.
• Continually pursuing new knowledge and experience.
• Fully understanding and applying new research and advances in the practice of endodontics.
• Ensuring the highest possible quality of care for you, the patient.

How Did My Endodontist Obtain Board Certification?

He met the education requirements listed below, and successfully completed three examinations:

Education: After completing 4 years of dental school, an endodontist attends 2 additional years of speciality training in a postgraduate endodontic program. The board certification process is a voluntary three part examination.

Board Examinations:

To become Board Certified, successful completion of following three examinations is required.

1. Written Examination: tests a broad range of fields, including anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, radiology, statistics, clinical endodontics and research publications within the endodontic specialty.

2. Case History Examination: requires submission of documentation of 10 cases from the endodontist's practice. The cases must be diverse and complex enough to demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills, and expertise in the full scope of the field of endodontics.

3. Oral Examination: during the oral exam, a team of experts question the endodontist about a variety of endodontic diagnosis and treatment situations. Through the extensive interviews, a high level of skill in problem solving, decision making, analysis, creativity and evaluation must be demonstrated.

An endodontist, who has satisfied all requirements of the Board Certification process of the ABE, is declared Board Certified by the Directors of the ABE. This individual is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

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