: In order to advertise as a specialist a dentist must meet one of three criteria: (a) Have completed a post-doctoral residency program that is at least two years in length and is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, or its successor organization, and approved by the board by rule; (b) Be a specialist as defined by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards, or its successor organization, and adopted by the board by rule; or
(c) Have completed an advanced dental education program that is at least two years in length and is recognized by the
United States Department of Education, and approved by the board by rule.
While not an ODA bill specifically, SB 835 was brought forward by several specialty groups in dentistry. The Oregon Society of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Oregon Society of Periodontists, the Oregon Society of Orthodontists, the Oregon Academy of Pediatric Dentists, and the Oregon Association of Endodontists, all worked in partnership to lobby and advocate for the bill. While the bill does not change the scope of practice for any dentist, it does specify that a person must complete at least an additional two years in a recognized program to be able to advertise that they are a “specialist.”