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What is a Board Certified Endodontist?


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The 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.

The 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.

Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics places the endodontist in a distinguished group of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional knowledge and skill, dedication to continued professional growth, and a commitment to providing the highest quality of patient care. In fact, the practice of endodontics as a recognized specialty of the ADA is reliant upon individuals who achieve Board certification. Approximately only 24% of all endodontists are board certified.

The board certification process involves a written examination, an oral examination and a case series examination. This is a rigorous process that involves many hours of dedication and commitment and typically takes 3+ years to achieve.

Board certified endodontists have reached the highest level of education in endodontics. They understand and apply new research and literature to the practice of endodontics. They are at the peak of clinical decision-making and treatment planning and have enhanced technique and patient care. They contribute to the reputation and vitality of the endodontic specialty.

For more information please visit https://www.aae.org/board/
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