WHAT IS A BOARD CERTIFIED ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEON?
Upon graduation, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is qualified
to practice. However, board certification is a marker of a
specialist who is recognized by his peers as having achieved
the highest standards within the profession.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery is exactly the same as being “Board Certified”. This
title is acquired with a great deal of dedication and hard
work above and beyond the regular educational program of an
The board certification process requires the oral and maxillofacial
surgeon to undergo a series of requirements and examinations
in order to acquire board certification status. The first
requirement is submission of cases covering a broad area of
surgical expertise. The second hurdle is an intensive written
examination, and the third level is a lengthy oral examination.
The status of “board certified” is evidence that the oral
surgeon has met the highest requirements of competence within
the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery.