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Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain (DABCP)

Earning "Diplomate" status in the American Board of Craniofacial Pain (ABCP) is an important professional achievement that signifies to patients plus dental, medical and other healthcare professionals that the dentist has met the highest standards of care as set forth by the ABCP. In addition, dentists who are ABCP board-certified abide by the ABCP Code of Ethics and continuously refresh their knowledge and skills by participating in the ABCP Maintenance of Certification program.

ABCP certification does not denote specialty status nor does it confer or imply any legal qualification, licensure or privilege in professional activities. The ABCP adheres to the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional conduct and advises all dentists who are ABCP certified to follow the code when advertising their status. It is also recommended that each individual dentist consult their state or local regulatory agency and adhere to their requirements.

Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain (DABCP): The discipline of Craniofacial Pain includes the assessment, diagnosis, and management of patients with pain disorders in the craniofacial area. This includes the pursuit of knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology and mechanisms of these disorders. Specifically, this includes the assessment and diagnosis, and may include management of temporomandibular joint disorders, headache disorders, complex masticatory and interrelated cervical neuromuscular pain disorders, craniofacial-related sleep disorders, neuropathic craniofacial pain disorders, neurovascular craniofacial pain disorders, chronic regional pain syndrome, craniofacial dyskinesia, dystonias, and related disorders causing persistent pain and dysfunction of the craniofacial structures.


All Diplomates are required to pay annual dues in the amount of $475.00 to maintain their status as Diplomates of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain in good standing.

Dues Invoices
Annual dues statements are emailed automatically to Diplomates by the ABCP Executive Office, with payment due on or before December 31st of each year. There is a secure link to pay your dues through the email.

To Pay Dues Manually:

  1. Use your ABCP credentials to log in HERE.
  2. Your member portal will appear on screen. Click the drop-down arrow next to your name in the top right corner and select "Invoices".
  3. You can then select "Pay Invoices".

You may also use one of the below options to pay dues:

  - By check payable to "ABCP" (in US dollars, drawn on a US bank) and sent to 380 Ice Center Ln, Ste C, Bozeman, MT 59718
  - By card via phone. Please call our toll free line at 833.641.2227 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm Mountain Time.

In addition to supporting certifying examinations and ABCP Executive Office operations, annual dues are essential to fund activities that have been approved by the Board and are consistent with the ABCP mission and goals.

Failure to remit timely payment of the annual dues may result in termination of ABCP Diplomate status.

Note: An individual who has been a Diplomate in good standing for at least five (5) years may, upon permanent disability or retirement, apply to the Board of Directors to be a "Life Diplomate, American Board of Craniofacial Pain.

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