(A) A licensed dentist is recognized as a specialist in Ohio if the dentist meets the standards set forth in paragraph (B) of this rule. Any licensed dentist who does not meet the standards set forth in paragraph (B) of this rule is a general dentist. A general dentist is permitted to render specialty services in Ohio but may not formally limit his practice to any specific area(s) of practice.
(B) A licensed dentist must comply with the following requirements before being recognized as a specialist in Ohio:
(1) The indicated specialty(s) of dentistry must be those for which there are certifying boards recognized by the American dental association; and
(2) The practice of the licensed dentist seeking specialty recognition must be limited exclusively to the indicated specialty area(s); and
(3) The licensed dentist seeking specialty recognition must have successfully completed a post-doctoral education program for each specialty, which post-doctoral education program, at the time of completion, was accredited or held "preliminary provisional approval" or "accreditation eligible status" by the American dental association commission on dental accreditation; or
(4) The licensed dentist seeking specialty recognition must be a diplomate of the national certifying board of a specialty recognized by the American dental association.
(5) The requirements of paragraphs (B)(3) and (B)(4) of this rule shall not apply to otherwise qualified specialists who have announced their specialty or designation prior to August 1, 1974.
(C) The use of the terms "specialist", "specializes" or "practice limited to" or the terms "orthodontist", "oral and maxillofacial surgeon", "oral and maxillofacial radiologist", "periodontist", "pediatric dentist", "prosthodontist", "endodontist", "oral pathologist", or "public health dentist" or other similar terms which imply that the dentist is a specialist may only be used by licensed dentists meeting the requirements of paragraph (B) of this rule.
(E) Rules regarding the advertising of specialty services are specifically set forth in rule 4715-13-05 of the Administrative Code.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/24/2006 and 04/01/2011
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4715.03
Rule Amplifies: 4715.19
Prior Effective Dates: 8-1-74; 10-1-88; 2-5-93; 10-23-95 (Emer.); 1-27-96; 4-28-98; 5-15-03