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Getting There - The Road to Board Certification. ABGD Objectives and Responsibilities. To evaluate the standards and advance the science and art of general dentistry by encouraging its study and improving its practice

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abgd objectives and responsibilities
ABGD Objectives and Responsibilities
  • To evaluate the standards and advance the science and art of general dentistry by encouragingits study and improving its practice
  • To grant and issue certificates in general dentistry to qualified candidates
  • To maintain a registry of all dentists certified and to verify the credentials of those certified
abgd certificate
ABGD Certificate
  • May be used for credentialing purposes only
  • Does not confer legal qualification, privilege or license to practice dentistry
  • Shall not be held out to the public as evidence of superior skill and/or knowledge
abgd board of directors
ABGD Board of Directors
  • Nine-member board
  • 3-year term
    • may be re-elected once for a total of 6 years
  • Nominating Committee submits names of qualified applicants to Board
  • Manage business affairs of the ABGD and create and administer the examinations
the road to board certification
The Road to Board Certification
  • Must be licensed to practice dentistry in the US or Canada OR
  • Successfully completed a CODA-accredited GPR/AEGD program
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The Road to Board Certification
  • Entry Point 1
    • 2-yr general dentistry residency
      • AEGD or GPR
  • Entry Point 2
    • 1-yr general dentistry residency
      • AEGD or GPR
    • 600 hrs CE
  • Entry Point 3
    • Master of the AGD
qualifying application
Qualifying Application
  • Application submitted to the ABGD via one of the Entry Points (I, II, or III)
  • Documentation of residency, Mastership status, CDE hours and application fee of $300.
  • If accepted, applicant becomes Educationally Qualified
  • Limited exceptions allow you to become Conditionally Educationally Qualified
  • Have 5 years to pass the written examination after becoming Educationally Qualified
conditionally educationally qualified
Conditionally Educationally Qualified
  • Entry Point I
    • First year of 2-year residency is complete
    • Documentation provided of pending completion of second year
  • Entry Point II
    • Residency completed
      • but 600 hours CDE lacking
  • Entry Point III
    • MAGD application accepted by DE Council
      • but have not attended Convocation to receive award
written examination
Written Examination
  • Submit application with fee of $350
  • Test offered:
    • Tampa, FL ~ March or April
    • AGD annual meeting ~ June or July
    • Select Military sites ~ March or April and June or July
  • 350 question multiple choice questions
  • Criterion-referenced
    • minimum passing score based on expectation of a proficient General Dentist
written examination content
Orthodontics = 4%

Dental Materials = 9%

Operative Dentistry = 12%

Oral Path/Oral Med/Oral Diagnosis =13%

Public Health/Infection Control = 3%

Endodontics = 9%

Oral Surgery 10%

Periodontics = 12%

Dental Radiology = 4%

Fixed Pros = 12%

Removable Pros = 8%

Pediatric Dentistry = 4%

Written Examination Content
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The Road to Board Certification
  • Board Eligible after passing Written Exam
  • Begin preparation for Oral Exam
  • Oral Exam
    • Case Treatment Planning and Rationale
    • Discipline-Specific Oral Examinations
  • Have 5 years to pass the Oral Examination after becoming Board Eligible
oral examination
Oral Examination

Tampa, FL

  • Sheraton Suites ~ Westshore
    • Next to Tampa Airport
    • April/May each year
discipline specific oral examinations
Discipline-Specific Oral Examinations
  • Eight sessions over a 4-hour period
    • Endodontics
    • Periodontics
    • Oral Surgery/Radiology
    • Oral Diagnosis/Oral Med/Oral Pathology
    • Ortho/Pedo/Public Health/Infection Control
    • Operative Dentistry/Dental Materials
    • Fixed Prosthodontics/Implants
    • Removable Prosthodontics/Implants
case treatment planning and rationale
Case Treatment Planning and Rationale
  • Dual track
    • Standardized case diagnosis, treatment planning and rationale


    • Presentation and rationale of 2 original cases
standardized case diagnosis treatment planning and rationale
Standardized Case Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Rationale
  • Presented with standardized materials on a fictitious patient
    • historical information
    • examination findings
    • radiographs
    • diagnostic casts
  • Develop
    • diagnoses
    • treatment plan
    • supporting rationale
case presentation
Case Presentation
  • Candidate must be the primary clinician
    • Does not have to do all treatment
  • Submit 3 cases
    • One case must include replacing missing teeth (using fixed partial dentures, removable partial dentures or implants.)
    • One case must include periodontal treatment (NOT referred out to another provider and is initiated to control/ eliminate of the disease process which involves some form of surgery in at least one quadrant, e.g. flap for debridement, osseous grafting, root amputation, surgical treatment of furcations, soft tissue augmentation, etc)
    • One case must include operative dentistry (multiple teeth in multiple quadrants)
case presentation1
Case Presentation
  • Each case must include at least 3 of the following categories
    • Periodontal Treatment
    • Operative Dentistry
    • Oral Pathology/Oral Medicine
    • Oral Surgery
    • Endodontics
    • Fixed Pros/Removable Pros/Implants
    • Ortho/Pedo/Public Health Dentistry
case presentation2
Case Presentation
  • Submitted by February 1st for review
  • Reviewed by the Board
  • All case material returned to the applicant following review
  • Candidate informed which two of the three submitted cases will be presented
    • Oral Exam in Tampa
    • April or May of the same year
case presentation documentation
Case Presentation Documentation
  • Cases must be submitted per ABGD format with specific ABGD forms
  • Pre-treatment radiographs and appropriate post-treatment radiographs
  • A prescribed set of 20 pre-treatment and post-treatment clinical digital images
  • A prescribed set of 10 pre-treatment and post-treatment digital images of diagnostic casts
case presentation documentation1
Case Presentation Documentation
  • Digital images are recommended
  • Digital images must be at least 600x800 dpi resolution
  • Intraoral video camera images are not acceptable
  • Projectors (LCD) will be provided by the ABGD for case presentations
  • Pre-treatment and post-treatment images must conform to prescribed views of the ABGD
facial views in occlusion 2
Facial Views in Occlusion (2)

Right Buccal

Left Buccal

occlusal views 2
Occlusal Views (2)

Maxillary Occlusal

Mandibular Occlusal

lingual views 4
Lingual Views (4)

Right Palatal

Left Palatal

Right Lingual

Left Lingual

occlusal views casts 2
Occlusal Views - Casts (2)



contact information
Contact Information
  • Sandra Mitchell

Executive Director