Missouri Dental Association :: Missouri Dental Board
The Dental Board serves to protect the public by ensuring
that only qualified persons are allowed to become licensed to practice
dentistry, and to further ensure these licensed dental professionals practice in
accordance with the rules and statutes of the Dental Practice Act.
Missouri Dental Board
3605 Missouri Blvd
PO Box 1335
Jefferson City MO 65102
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The Dental Board, under the Missouri Division of Professional Registration,
process applications, administer examinations, issue licenses and, when
warranted, conducts investigations into possible professional misconduct and may
impose disciplinary actions against the dental license. Contact the Dental Board to request the requirements and an application for a
license to practice dentistry in Missouri. Licenses are renewed every 2 years.
The Dental Board also issues permits for general anesthesia and conscious sedation.
The Dental Board consists of four dentists, one dental hygienist and one
public member (see listing following). The term of office for all members is five years. The Board meets
on a quarterly basis throughout the year and at other times as necessary.
Complaint Review Committee
- Three dentist members of the Board serve on a Complaint
Review Committee responsible for analyzing quality of care situations. The cases
are analyzed separately by each member after examining the complaint, patient
records (including x-rays) comments by the dentist in question, subsequent
dentist's evaluation as well as second and third opinions obtained by the Board
Policy Review Committee
- Four members of the Board serve on
the Policy Review Committee that works closely with the Board office
in reviewing the overall licensure process including applications, forms,
statutes and rules.
Statutes & Rules
The Dental Practice Act is comprised of
Rules & Statutes that govern the practice of dentistry in Missouri. As a
member benefit a table of contents of subjects is available via the previous
Statutes are a compilation of all laws presently in effect, prepared
in volumes by the Division of Legislative Research. They are subject to change
annually by the Missouri General Assembly, through concurrence of both the House
and Senate and the signature of the Governor.
Rules are operating principles or orders created by a
department, division or office of the state (Dental Board), under authority granted by the
legislature. These rules are developed in order to implement programs and
statutes enacted by the General Assembly.
The MDA actively participates in both the legislative and rule-making
processes. Involvement in both is critical to maintaining the integrity of the
profession and protecting the public.
Revised Statutes: Chapter 332 Dentists
Missouri Dental Board Rules: Division 2110
The Dental Board meets on a quarterly basis throughout the year and at other times
as necessary; meetings are held throughout the state.
The "Open Session" of the Dental Board meetings are open to the public, and
licensees can receive 2 CEU for each open session meeting they attend.
following dates are subject to change; contact the Dental Board for open session date
2014 Dental Board Meeting Dates (Open Session)
- January 16-17
- July 24-25
- April 24-25
Serving on the Dental Board
Learn about Serving on the Dental Board
Every October, the term of one or more of the dentists members of the Dental
Board expires. The Board member in this position continues to serve until the
person is either replaced or reappointed.
When there is a vacancy, the MDA is required by Missouri Statute to
submit a list of five dentists qualified and willing to fill the vacancy. The
MDA Board has a standing committee that reviews the credentials of members
desiring appointment to the Dental Board and interviews each candidate.
- The deadline for submission of nominees to the MDA office is March.
- An updated biographical statement or curriculum vitae is required for
each candidate at time of submission to the MDA and will be forwarded to the
Governor should the candidate be selected for consideration by the Board.
- The standing committee will submit its recommendations to the MDA Board
of Trustees at their April meeting.
- The Board must forward its recommendations to the Governor by July 1.
- If you are interested in serving on the Missouri Dental Board contact Margie
Kunze at the MDA.
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