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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Prosthodontists and dentists must be licensed to practice in the United States. Licensing requirements vary depending on the state but most require that a candidate has a degree from a dental school accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation and that they pass written and practical dental examinations. Dentists licensed in one state are required to take another exam to practice in another state. Dentists who intend to practice in a specialty area must be licensed in that specialty, which requires completion of a post-dental school residency and, in some instances, the passing of a special state exam.

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