ABOPThe American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) is a professional organization of dentists and allied health care providers, dedicated to alleviating pain and suffering through the promotion of excellence in education, research, and patient care in the field of orofacial pain and associated disorders.

The American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) is an organization of dentists dedicated to enhancing the quality of care and service to the public through a validated certification process of dentists in the field of Orofacial Pain.  Therefore, the ABOP represents the examining and certifying organization for qualified providers to meet the standards for appropriate  orofacial pain care.

The AAOP and ABOP, while allied organizations with similar goals, are two separate and distinct organizations.

The activities of these organizations include:

1. AAOP recognizes  certification via the ABOP examinations as a required credential for obtaining AAOP Fellowship status (post 2006).

2. AAOP encourages its qualified active members to take the ABOP examination.

3. ABOP encourages its Diplomates to consider the benefits of joining AAOP and attending the annual AAOP scientific meetings.

4. AAOP and ABOP seek to cooperate under the tenets of this memorandum whenever possible and within the terms of their duly stated specific missions and intended goals.

The American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) was founded in 1994 in response to the need for a valid certification process for dentists practicing orofacial pain management. The ABOP is a registered non-profit organization, offering annual certification examinations to dentists who meet the current stated eligibility requirements.

Please visit the ABOP at www.abop.net or call (410) 560 3620 .

The Board Exam

The ABOP administers a psychometrically developed and practice-related examination in the field of orofacial pain to qualified candidates. Dentists who have successfully completed the ABOP credentialing process and examination will be issued certificates as certified by the American Board of Orofacial Pain and designated as Diplomates of the American Board of Orofacial Pain. A list of board-certified dentists is available on this website and in the ABOP central office for dissemination to the public.

Although the field of Orofacial Pain is not presently a specialty of dentistry the American Board of Orofacial Pain conforms to the “Requirement for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists” of the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education applicable to specialty boards in dentistry.