The Importance of Board-Certification

Whether you’re referred to an oral surgeon by your dentist or are searching for one on your own, a good way to confirm the surgeon’s expertise is to check that they’re board-certified. This certification gives patients an easy, trustworthy way to identify oral surgeons who can provide the highest standard of care and are committed to offering an excellent patient experience.

Achieving board certification by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) is a rigorous process that recognizes expertise, experience and dedication in oral surgeons. At the Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, all of our surgeons are board-certified or in the process of becoming board-certified.

In addition to the standard qualifications for licensure, board-certified oral surgeons have completed advanced oral and maxillofacial surgery training and passed comprehensive examinations that are typically completed over the course of multiple years. After that, board- certified surgeons begin the 10-year Certification Maintenance program designed to ensure continued excellence.

A Rigorous Process

The certification process consists of two examinations: the Qualifying Examination and the Oral Certifying Examination. The first covers 10 key subject areas with 300 questions. The second, which candidates have three years to take and pass, puts a greater emphasis on real-world application: It requires candidates to orally explain the way they would treat cases given to them on the spot for twelve different patient cases. Taken together, these two exams thoroughly assess candidates’ knowledge and clinical judgment.

ABOMS ensures members continue to expand their expertise and stay current with new developments in the field through its mandatory Certification Maintenance program. On an ongoing basis, certified members must fulfill specific requirements in four areas of assessment: professional standing, lifelong learning, cognitive expertise and performance in practice.

Oral surgery is a complex discipline, and the care you receive can have far-reaching effects on your overall health. With a board-certified oral surgeon, you gain peace of mind knowing that the person you’re trusting your care to has voluntarily completed rigorous additional study and training to ensure they stay at the top of their field.