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Why See a Diplomate

A Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology (also referred to as Board Certified) is a periodontist who has made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements of the specialty.

To be educationally qualified for Board certification requires:

  • Certification as a dentist, including basic college education and completion of dental school.
  • Certification as a periodontist after at least 2-3 years of a residency program approved by the American Dental Association.

In addition to the educational requirements, Board certification requires:

  • Comprehensive oral and written examinations covering all phases of periodontal disease and its treatment, including dental implants.
  • Recertification of continued competency in periodontics through testing and continuing education.

In short, having a Diplomate as a periodontist ensures that you are seeing a professional who has taken the time and effort to prove, before a panel of internationally respected peers, that he is competent enough to hold the specialties highest status.

Dr. Wilson became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology on May 13, 2004.

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