What is a Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease (a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth also known as gum disease), and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in both of these areas and more, including three additional years of education beyond dental school.
What is a Board-Certified Periodontist?
A board-certified periodontist (also known as a Diplomate) is an periodontist who has undergone additional rigorous training and has met specific requirements to achieve certification from a relevant dental board or organization. The term "board-certified" indicates that the endodontist has gone above and beyond the standard requirements for licensure and has demonstrated a higher level of expertise and competency in their field.
To become a board-certified endodontist, a dentist typically needs to complete the following steps:
- Graduation from an accredited dental school: First, they must graduate from an accredited dental school and become a licensed dentist.
- Specialized periodontics training: After dental school, they need to complete an accredited postgraduate endodontic program, which can take 2 to 3 years. During this training, they acquire advanced knowledge and skills in endodontics.
- Clinical experience: They must gain significant clinical experience in performing periodontics procedures and treating a wide range of periodontics cases.
- Written and oral examinations: To become board-certified, they need to pass written and oral examinations administered by a dental board or organization that certifies specialists in endodontics. These exams test their knowledge, diagnostic abilities, and treatment planning skills.
- Maintenance of certification: After achieving board certification, periodontists need to continue their education and periodically recertify to maintain their status as board-certified endodontists.
Board certification signifies a commitment to excellence and expertise in the field of endodontics. Patients who choose a board-certified endodontist can have confidence that they are receiving care from a specialist with advanced training and proven competence in diagnosing and treating complex endodontic issues.