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Group applies to recognize orofacial pain as dental specialty

May 07, 2019 The American Academy of Orofacial Pain submitted on May 3 an application and request to recognize orofacial pain as a dental specialty, which is now under review by the National Commission for Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards' review committee.
According to the National Commission, all documentation in the application is confidential until the review committee has determined that the application is complete. If the application is complete, the National Commission will invite public comment on the applicant's compliance with the requirements for recognition for a 60-day period. Incomplete applications are returned to the sponsoring organization or certifying board for modifications.

The field of orofacial pain is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of orofacial pain disorders, according to the AAOP website. Such disorders may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy, or may be syndromes in which pain constitutes the primary problem.

The National Commission, at its March 11 meeting, had revised its policies related to the application process requiring it to publish a notification to its communities of interest when an application has been received.

For more information on the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards, visit or by calling 1-312-440-2697.