What Does It Mean to Be Board Certified?
It can be second nature for many to thoroughly do their research before investing in a purchase. When it comes to our health, we usually check carefully to make sure our chosen specialist works well with what is required to treat our bodies with the most wholesome respect. The selection process should be no different when selecting a dentist responsible for taking care of our dental needs, which is why Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery wants you to understand just how important it is to know if the person you are trusting with your mouth is even certified.
The Prestige of Certification
People who finish medical school are established as a physician, but that does not necessarily mean that they are allowed to practice. They must first have received their license. Many can be certified in different states and fields. Any specialization must have extensive training on top of the two years of basic education and an additional four required of dental school.
To be board certified means you will likely stand before a congregation of some of the most prestigious leaders of their respective fields and have to pass a series of strenuous tests designed to weed out only the most dedicated and passionate in their studies. Certification is a strong indicator of a commitment to providing superior health care, defining not only the moral aptitude that goes into completing challenging exams, but also showcasing the impressive experience which has been professionally obtained.
How to Tell if They are the Real Thing
A physician who claims to be board eligible means that they have graduated from the required course of study, but they either have not yet passed the test for certification or have failed it and are waiting to retake it. Many dentists claim this status long-term, which could cause those who do not understand the difference in the terms to be maliciously duped. It was recently determined that once a degree has been obtained, then there is a definite time limit in which “board eligible” can be used until either the test needs to be passed or the phrase is no longer allowed in a title.
Choosing the wrong dentist could result in permanent damage done to your mouth. Unscrupulous dentists may advise pointless and unnecessary procedures, not with your wellbeing in mind, but rather in their attempt to inflate prices and gouge your wallet. A dentist who truly cares about the practice will become your closest companion when it comes down to deciding the best course of action regarding your oral health. If you are recommended a particular procedure is to be done immediately, be certain to ask why it is suggested. A certified dentist will have a viable explanation that helps you better understand the urgency, whereas a vague response could be an attempt to pressure into something that may not be needed.
If you would like more information about what it means to be board certified in the field of dentistry or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please call Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at (503) 446-6776.