American Board of Prosthodontics Certification

Whenever you search for a doctor, dentist, or other similar medical professional, you look for reviews and the practitioner’s education and experience. Part of that comparison process usually includes their credentials and any board certifications.

There’s a good reason why board certification is a top consideration.

And Dr. Pavinee went above and beyond to achieve the highest level of board certification as possible.

We’d like to take a moment to explain specifically about the American Board of Prosthodontics certification and Dr. Pavinee’s achievement and dedication to patients of Seattle and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Pavinee’s achievement

Dr. Pavinee and Dr. Huang posing for a photo

Dr. Pavinee obtained an achievement that took time and diligence and only a small number of prosthodontists can say they have.

Completing initial education requirements

Obtaining the initial American Board of Prosthodontics certification is by no means an easy feat. It’s a commitment that begins with completing eight years of schooling, consisting of a four-year undergraduate degree program and four years in dental school. After, the individual must complete a two-to-three-year residency before being able to practice.

If the person would like to specialize in an area of dentistry, that’s additional time in school and a possible fellowship.

For Dr. Pavinee, this requirement included earning the graduate operative dentistry certification and a master of science in prosthodontic dentistry from the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

She then completed an aesthetic and implant dentistry fellowship at the Louisiana University School of Dentistry.

Obtaining Board certification

Once she finished her training, she became eligible to sit for her boards. The first part of the process is a written examination, followed by three oral evaluations.

Overview of board certification

Seal for the American Board of Prosthodontics


Board certification is the highest accreditation a dentist can receive in a specialty. For instance, a general dentist can receive board certification in general dentistry, while a prosthodontist can become board-certified in prosthodontics—an area of dentistry dealing with dental prostheses.

Board certification requires the individual to demonstrate expertise in that area through additional training and a rigorous examination. Upon completing and passing the exam, the Board awards certification, after which the practitioner must complete 125 additional continuing education credits every five years to remain in good standing.

With that said, not all dentists and specialists take this route. Currently, only one percent of all general dentistsThis link opens a new tab to the ABGD website take the initiative to complete certification.

While there are more than 3,500 practicing prosthodontistsThis link opens a new tab to the American College of Prosthodontists website in the U.S., more than half of them don’t have board certification, further showing what an accomplishment it is.

The general public can see the dentist is willing to take that extra step and has extensive knowledge in that branch of dentistry when they opt for this credential.

Improving patient care

Though a patient will look for this certification when choosing a practitioner, Dr. Pavinee looks at it as a way to improve patient care. She showed her lifelong commitment to excellence and dedication to her patients, who deserve the very best.

While Dr. Pavinee has extensive experienceThis link leads to Dr. Pavinee's page in dentistry and prosthodontics, she continuously enhances her knowledge base and skills to provide patients with the highest results possible. She completes the necessary continuing education credits each year.

Today, she holds the highest credential awarded by the American Board of Prosthodontics—the diplomate. Dr. Pavinee received this honor for continually keeping her certificate in good standing.

Since Dr. Pavinee has been part of Seattle Specialty DentistryThis link leads to Home page, she’s helped countless patients obtain smiles they never thought were possible. She repeatedly proved that she holds herself to the highest standards, as each patient walks out with a beautiful, functional smile.

Once again, she has aspired to reach the pinnacle of excellence, giving patients an even better experience.

Discover the difference that treatment from a master in her craft is like by booking a consultation today!


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