Why should you choose a periodontist certified by the American Board of Periodontology?
Being a board-certified periodontist is a commitment that a doctor has made to his or her patients and community. It means that your doctor has taken the time to re-assess the material and knowledge that has been acquired during the three or more years of their postdoctoral training or over the period of time practicing and taking continuing education courses.
It also means that your doctor has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty, allowing them to provide the highest, evidence-based standard of care to you, the patient.
To be educationally qualified for board certification by the American Board of Periodontology, a periodontist must achieve:
- Certification as a dentist, including basic college education and completion of dental school to earn a DDS or DMD degree
- Certification as a periodontist after successful completion of an educational program in Periodontology that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation
- Successful completion of a comprehensive qualifying examination and oral examination covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including the surgical placement of dental implants
- Lifelong learning and continuing certification over their professional career
Board-certified periodontists are certified in both periodontology and dental implant surgery.