AAOP Asks ADA to Recognize Orofacial Pain as a Specialty

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The American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) has submitted an application and request to recognize orofacial pain as a dental specialty to the ADA’s National Commission for Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards’ review committee. 

According to the commission, all documentation in the application is confidential until the committee has determined that the application is complete. If it is, the 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. 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. 

At its March 11 meeting, the National Commission 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.

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