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About the Board of Dentistry

The Board of Dentistry was created in 1957 by the State Legislature. Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice as dentists, dental hygienists, or dental assistants within this state be qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Renewal notices are mailed from Board’s administrative office 45 days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licensees are responsible for reviewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. Licenses can be renewed on-line 120 days prior to expiration at https://apps.tn.gov/hlrs/loginProfessional.jsp. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s rules to practice on an expired license.

Licenses, permits, and certifications awarded by the Board include:

Dentists

  • Full licensure (by examination or by criteria)
  • Limited Educational licensure
  • Limited licensure
  • Dual degree licensure
  • Deep Sedation/General Anesthesia Permit
  • Limited conscious sedation permit
  • Comprehensive Conscious Sedation Permit
  • Specialty Certification

Dental Hygienists

  • Full licensure (by examination and criteria)
  • Educational licensure
  • Administration and Monitoring of Nitrous Oxide Certification
  • Prosthetic Function Certification
  • Restorative Function Certification
  • Administration of Local Anesthesia Certification

Dental Assistants

  • Registration
  • Coronal Polishing Certification
  • Dental Radiology Certification
  • Monitoring Nitrous Oxide Certification
  • Sealant Application Certification
  • Prosthetic Function Certification
  • Restorative Function Certification

Listed below are the areas of practice in which a dental hygienist or registered dental assistant must attend a board approved course and receive certification from the Tennessee Board of Dentistry prior to such providing service:

Dental Hygienists

  • Administration and Monitoring of Nitrous Oxide Certification
  • Prosthetic Function Certification
  • Restorative Function Certification
  • Administration of Local Anesthesia Certification

Dental Assistants

  • Coronal Polishing Certification
  • Dental Radiology Certification
  • Monitoring Nitrous Oxide Certification
  • Sealant Application Certification
  • Prosthetic Function Certification
  • Restorative Function Certification

It is important that the employer dentist, supervising dentist and licensed hygienist or registered dental assistant check his/her license and registration to make sure that it accurately reflects those additional duties which the individual is legally allowed to perform.

To verify licensure/registration and additional certification, please visit the Board’s website at http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/default.aspx. If discrepancies are noted, please contact the Tennessee Board of Dentistry at 615-532-5073 or 1-800-778-4123 ext. 5325073


Contact the Board of Dentistry

To contact the Board, call (615) 532-5073 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide
or write to
665 Mainstream Drive
Nashville, TN  37243

Members

Board Members

Board Member Title Representation Term Expires
Charles E. Holt, Jr. President Dentist 03-31-2016
Nadim J. Jubran, D.D.S Vice-President Dentist 03-31-2015
Mary R. Warner, R.D.H. Sec/Treasurer Dental Hygienist 03-31-2015
Ernest J. DeWald, D.D.S. Board Member Dentist 03-31-2017
Katherine N. Hall, D.D.S. Board Member Dentist 03-31-2016
Airica Brooke Puckett Board Member Dental Hygienist 03/31/2017
Mary Ellen Vaughn, R.D.A. Board Member Registered Dental Assistant 03-31-2015
Stephen J. Maroda, Jr., D.M.D Board Member Dentist 03-31-2017
Randall P. Prince, D.D.S. Board Member Dentist 03-31-2015
Dan T. Meadows, D.D.S. Board Member Dentist 06-30-2016
Bettye Lynn Richert Board Member Citizen 03-31-2017

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes page. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Dr., MetroCenter.


Board of Dentistry Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
March 20-21, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
Public Notice
June 19-20, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
Public Notice
August 19, 2014 2:00 p.m. Clinical Issues Committee
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
Public Notice
September 17, 2014 9:00 a.m. Anesthesia Committee
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
Public Notice
September 18-19, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
Public Notice
January 8-9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
April 9-10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
July 9-10, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive
October 8-9, 2015 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Drive

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Copies of all minutes are maintained in the official record section of the administrative office. Please contact the board administrator to make arrangements to review minutes of meetings held prior to 2004.

Practitioner Profiles

Information Required to be Reported on Practitioner Profiles

To view your current profile, please go to http://health.state.tn.us/Licensure/Default.aspx and enter your license number and profession, then click on the Practitioner Profile link.

To make changes to your profile, you can go to http://health.state.tn.us/Downloads/PH-3585.pdf and fill in the changes, print the document and mail to the appropriate board.

The professions required to submit and maintain a practitioner profile questionnaire are:

Advanced Practice Nurses
Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Audiologists
Chiropractic Physicians
Clinical Pastoral Therapists
Dentists
Dietitian/Nutritionists
Dispensing Opticians
Electrologists
Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Certified Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Laboratory Personnel
Marital & Family Therapists
Massage Therapists
Medical Doctors

Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists
Optometrists
Orthopedic Physician Assistants
Osteopathic Physicians
Pharmacists
Physician Assistants
Physical Therapists
Podiatrists
Professional Counselors
Psychologists
Respiratory Care Assistants
Social Workers
Speech Language Pathologists
Veterinarians

Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63 Chapter 51 requires the following information to be reported to the Board for dissemination to the public on practitioner profiles:

  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • A description of any criminal convictions for felonies and, as determined by the board, serious misdemeanors, within the most recent ten (10) years. For the purposes of this subsection (a), a person shall be deemed to be convicted of a crime if such person was found or adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. Misdemeanor convictions later expunged by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be stricken from the provider's profile;
  • A description of any final board disciplinary actions within the most recent ten (10) years, which actions shall include final board action as defined by § 4-5-314, and reprimand action taken pursuant to a board practice act;
  • A description of any final disciplinary actions of licensing boards in other states within the most recent ten (10) years;
  • A description of revocation or involuntary restrictions of hospital privileges for reasons related to competence or character that has been taken by the hospital’s governing body or any other official action of the hospital after procedural due process has been afforded, or the resignation from or nonrenewal of medical staff membership or the restriction orf privileges as a hospital taken in lieu of or in settlement or a pending disciplinary case related to competence or character in that hospital, all as taken pursuant to procedures promulgated by the board for licensing health care facilities.  Only cases that have occurred within the most recent ten (10) years shall be disclosed by the department to the public;
  • All medical malpractice court judgments, all medical malpractice arbitration awards in which a payment is awarded to a complaining party and all settlements of medical malpractice claims in which a payment is made to a complaining party beginning with reports for 1998 and each subsequent year; provided, such reports shall not be disseminated beyond the most recent ten-year period, but shall include the most recent ten-year period for which reports have been filed. Each provider licensing board shall set by rule adopted pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, a threshold amount below which judgments or settlements shall not be reportable; provided, such threshold shall, for chapter 6 or 9 of this title licensees, be set at seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), for doctors of chiropractic, regulated pursuant to chapter 4 of this title, be set at fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), for dentists, regulated pursuant to chapter 5 of this title, be set at twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and for all other licensees under this title be set at ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Dispositions of paid claims shall be reported in a minimum of three (3) graduated categories indicating the level of significance of the award or settlement. Information concerning paid medical malpractice claims shall be put in context by comparing an individual licensee's medical malpractice judgment awards and settlements to the experience of other providers within the same specialty. Information concerning the existence of a court-sealed settlement shall be reported in cases involving such a settlement. Information concerning all settlements shall be accompanied by the following statement: “Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons which do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the provider. A payment in settlement of a medical malpractice action or claim should not be construed as creating a presumption that medical malpractice has occurred.” (Pending malpractice claims shall not be disclosed by a board to the public.);
  • Names of medical schools or professional and training schools and dates of graduation;    
  • Graduate medical education or other graduate-level training;
  • Specialty board certification as determined by the relevant board;
  • Names of the hospitals where the licensee has privileges;
  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • The identification of any translating services that may be available at the licensee's primary practice location;
  • An indication of which managed care plans in which the licensee participates;
  • An indication of TennCare plans in which the licensee participates;
  • Appointments to medical school faculties and indication as to whether a licensee has a responsibility for graduate medical education within the most recent ten (10) years; (optional)
  • Information regarding publications in peer-reviewed medical literature; (optional) and
  • Information regarding professional or community service associations, activities and awards; (optional)

National Organization

National Organizations of State Boards

Dentists and Dental Hygienists

American Association of Dental Boards
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 760
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 312-440-7464
http://www.dentalboards.org/

Dental Assistants

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.
444 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Phone: 800-367-3262
http://www.danb.org/