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State Board of DentistrY


The State Board of Dentistry, through the licensure of dentists and dental hygienists and the certification of expanded function dental assistants, insures that such individuals are suitable and qualified.  The Board issues, suspends and revokes licenses and certificates.  In addition, the Board supervises dentists, dental hygienists and expanded function dental assistants to insure that they are complying with licensure and certification requirements and investigates complaints made against these  individuals.  The Board develops standards of professional conduct, including continuing education requirements, in order to maintain a high level of integrity and performance in the practice of dentistry.



JULY 1, 2017


Section 9.1(a) of ABC-MAP* requires that all prescribers or dispensers, as defined in Section 3 of ABC-MAP, applying for licensure complete at least 4 hours of Board-approved education consisting of 2 hours in pain management or the identification of addiction and 2 hours in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. Dentists, including those with a restricted faculty license, fall within ABC-MAP’s definition of prescribers or dispensers.


Requirements for initial applicants

Dentist and restricted faculty license applicants seeking licensure on or after July 1, 2017, must document, within one year from issuance of the license, that they completed this education either as part of the applicant’s professional degree educational program or a Board-approved continuing education program.  This 4 hours of Board-approved education needs to be completed only once. 



To renew a license to practice dentistry or a restricted faculty license for the next renewal period, Section 9.1(a)(2) of ABC-MAP requires that all dentists complete at least two hours of continuing education in pain management, the identification of addiction or in the practices of prescribing or dispensing of opioids. The continuing education requirements of ABC-MAP will count towards the total number of hours of continuing education required for renewal. This two-hour requirement needs to be completed only once per renewal period.  This continuing education must be taken from a Board-approved continuing education provider in accordance with Section 33.403 of the Board’s regulations and its completion reported in compliance with Section 33.404 when applying for renewal.


*The Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program Act (ABC-MAP)(also known as Act 124 of 2016), 35 P.S. § 872.3, is available on the Legislature’s website at:


Sections 33.403 and 33.404 of the Board’s Regulations are available on the Board’s website at: