The written papers will primarily consist of short-answer questions, but may additionally include multiple choice, true or false, and short essay items. In both papers, topics may include basic sciences, orthodontic theory, orthodontic practice, related dental disciplines, and the orthodontic literature.
Topics for Review
Anatomy: Dental/head and neck/ developmental/anat landmarks of the skull
Embryology and genetics
Oral biochemistry/physiology/ neurophysiology
Pharmacology/anxiety and pain control
Oral path/genetic disorders/ dev disturbances/speech path/ craniof anomalies
Design, fabrication, and manipulation of fixed and removable appliances
Orthodontic management of patients with craniofacial anomalies
Orthodontic management of patients requiring interdisciplinary tx plans
Orthodontic management of medically compromised patients
Retention and stability
Implantology/Temporary anchorage devices
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.