The content of the ABP examination reflects the broad scope and scientific basis for prosthodontics.
Determination of and examination to the broad scope and scientific basis of prosthodontics is the responsibility of the ABP Board of Directors. The certification examination reflects, but is not limited to, the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA) Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Prosthodontics.
Candidates must perform all clinical prosthodontic and restorative procedures for all Section B patient treatments.
Candidates are responsible for comprehensive patient care, and will be evaluated on the quality of diagnosis, treatment planning, alternative treatment considerations, and treatment provided to the patient, including justification of all care provided and/or not provided by other dentists.
Candidates must be prepared to justify treatment rendered and techniques/materials used, as well as rationale for not managing pre-existing conditions and restorations if such is the case. Patient treatments will serve as the primary focus of the oral examination; however, questioning may include principles and concepts related to the broad scope of prosthodontics.
The strategic presence of sound coronal tooth structure is necessary to establish adequate preparation resistance and retention form. For all indirect coronal restorations, retention and resistance form of tooth preparations must be appropriately provided primarily by sound tooth structure supplemented by correctly designed core restorations. Therefore:
Digital technologies may be used during the treatment of patients presented for Section B examinations. Candidates must be prepared to provide evidence-based support for any patient treatment methods used, digital or otherwise. The following guidelines must be considered when digital technologies are used during the treatment of patients presented for Section B examination. All required documentation for the Section B examinations remains the same, regardless of the incorporation of digital processes.
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