Component I consists of two papers containing multiple choice, short answer, and essay type questions. Paper 1 contains two general sections: General and Oral Pathology (2 hours) and Radiation Sciences (1 hour); Paper 2 contains two other general sections: Imaging Techniques (1 hour) and Gross and Radiographic Anatomy (2 hours).
Topics for Review
General and Oral Pathology
Dental Developmental Abnormalities
Developmental Abnormalities of the Jaws and Facial Bones
Neoplasia (Benign and Malignant)
Inflammatory and Infectious Diseases
Bone and Hard Tissue Dysplasias
Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases
Temporomandibular Joint Pathoses
Salivary Gland Diseases
Paranasal Sinus Pathoses
Cellular and Mammalian Radiation Biology
Anatomy on Diagnostic Images
Candidate Study Guide
The intent of this guide is to provide the candidate with an understanding of the format in which questions may be asked during Component I of the National Dental Specialty Examination. The content used in these sample questions is used for illustrative purposes only, and should not be construed as an example of the level of difficulty of the examination questions.