Not All Endodontists are Created Equal
Doctor Alonso is one of a small group of endodontists that are board certified. Less than 25% of all practicing Endodontists in the United States are board certified. In Miami-Dade County it is less than 10%.
What is a Board Certified Endodontist and why are there so few?
The American Board of Endodontics is the only certifying board for the specialty of endodontics and is recognized by the American Dental Association.
To become a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics a candidate has to demonstrate diagnostic skill, clinical proficiency, and professional judgment of a level that promotes the highest quality of care for patients. They have taken an examination administered by a panel of expert endodontists and have demonstrated an exemplary level of knowledge, understanding, and clinical expertise in endodontics. Passing the endodontic Board examination, however, is a difficult process that takes several years to complete. First, there is a written examination. If this examination is passed, a comprehensive case portfolio must be developed. These cases must be of great difficulty, done masterfully, and have at least a one year follow-up. This takes many years to complete. These cases are then judged. If they are accepted, then an oral examination is taken before members of the Board, which are expert endodontists. If that is also successfully completed, then you are awarded Board status.
What is the Value of Board Certification?
To achieve Diplomate status, like Doctor Alonso, an endodontist has shown great inner motivation and exceptional commitment to continuing professional growth. In order to maintain board certified status, Diplomates must be recertified every 10 years with many hours of continuing education. A Board-Certified endodontist understands the importance of: