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Dental Specialties

List of dental specialties approved by the Council on Dental Education and Licensure, American Dental Association A specialty is an area of dentistry that has been formally recognized by the American Dental Association as meeting the Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists. There is a formal process used to establish a specialty with the cooperation of professional groups such as the National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists and the Commission on Dental Accreditation. There are other areas that are not recognized as specialties, although the public and professional communities greatly benefit from the development of interest through education, practice and research.
  • Endodontics – Morphology, physiology and pathology of the human dental pulp and periradicular tissues
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics – Diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion
  • Pediatric Dentistry – Oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, includes those with special health care needs
  • Periodontics – Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth
  • Prosthodontics – Diagnosis, treatment planning of clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth
  • Dental Public Health – Promote dental health through organized community efforts
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology – Management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology – Production and interpretation of images and data produced by all modalities of radiant energy
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Diagnosis, surgical and adjunctive treatment of diseases, injuries and defects