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A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology is a periodontist who has made a significant achievement above and beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty. It differs from national and state licensing exams (mandatory for all practicing dentists) in that it is a voluntary effort in continuing education. It is the highest level of achievement attainable in any given specialty.

Board certification requires comprehensive oral and written examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease, oral pathology, periodontal plastic surgery and dental implants. The candidate presents detailed reports of actual cases treated by the candidate for critical review by a panel of nationally respected peers.

“The significance of Board certification lies beyond achieving the approval of that panel of experts. It lies also in the inner motivation for continual professional development and in the knowledge and skills that are gained from the ongoing critical review of the results of one’s own efforts.” ¹

The American Board of Periodontology was founded in 1939. It is the only certifying board in the dental specialty of periodontics.


1. American Board of Periodontology, 1990.