The American Board of Oral Medicine (ABOM) administers a certification process for dentists who are accomplished in the field. Individuals who pass all requirements of this Board become Diplomates of the American Board of Oral Medicine.

Requirements for ABOM Certification are as follows:

Section 1. General Requirements

  1. Moral and ethical standing satisfactory to the Board.
  2. Graduation from an oral medicine program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association and recognized by the American Board of Oral Medicine.
  3. License to practice dentistry in any state or territory of the United States or in any nation with equivalent standards.
  4. Membership in good standing in any oral medicine association/group.

Section 2. Specific Requirements

  1. A candidate for Part A Board certification must have met all Section 1 general requirements, and must be currently enrolled in or have completed postgraduate study in oral medicine from a program accredited by the American Board of Oral Medicine. 
  2. A candidate for Part B (or concurrent Parts A and B) Board certification must have obtained a certificate of successful completion of postgraduate study in oral medicine from a program accredited by the American Board of Oral Medicine. 
  3. A candidate must have engaged in the practice of the specialty of oral medicine for a minimum of eighteen (18) months after receiving the certificate or degree in oral medicine before applying for the Part B examination. 
  4. A candidate must satisfactorily fulfill the examination requirements of the Board.

Apply for the ABOM Examination

The 2019 ABOM exam was held on the following dates in conjunction with the American Academy of Oral Medicine Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 (Part A), and
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (Part B)

2020 exam dates will be posted when available.

Exam Fees:

Application Fee: $100*
Part A Exam: $350
Part B Exam: $350
Part A & B: $700

*Please note that application fees must be paid prior to March 17, 2019 in order for your application to be considered. 

Take the exam application online, or the re-take application if you have previously completed the exam.

Complete the Exam Application
Complete the Exam Retake Application

2019 Deadlines:  
March 17, 2019 for application and application fee submission. All Fees are non-refundable.