About Board Certification

Are all pediatric dentists Board Certified?

Board certification is an extra layer of certification provided by the American Board of Pediatric Dentists (ABPD) and not all licensed pediatric dentists choose to obtain a certification. The voluntary process involves more than the two to three-year pediatric dentistry specialty it takes to become licensed. Certified pediatric dentists number about 1 in every 3 practicing pediatric dentists. The process of board certification requires the pediatric dentist to demonstrate actual accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems. In order to become board certified by the ABPD, an individual pediatric dentist is thoroughly interviewed by a highly respected panel of examiners to demonstrate their dental knowledge, clinical skills, and judgment.

How many certifying boards are recognized by the American Dental Association in the specialty of dentistry?

The only certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association is the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD), they are the only sitting board with the authority to certify pediatric dentists. 

Why would a pediatric dentist choose to complete this voluntary certification process? 

Getting certified by the ABPD shows the general public, other dental professionals, and patients that the doctor is committed to providing the best and most up-to-date care that is possible. It represents a commitment by a licensed specialist that they have the necessary knowledge base and skills to treat patients to the highest of standards. Many pediatric dentists see it as a demonstration of their dedication to the specialty and the highest level of personal achievement.

What steps are required to complete the ABPD certification process?

To complete the ABPD certification process a dentist must

  • Pass the 240 question written assessment 
  • Complete a clinical examination, showcasing their reports and case studies from residency and practice
  • Evaluation by a panel of examiners
  • Oral examination in front of the exam panel
  • Retesting every ten years is necessary to remain certified

For further information about The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and Board Certification, click here.