ADEX Dental Examinations to Offer CompeDont™ Perhaps as Soon as Summer 2020

2020 ADEX Press Release
For Release: April 7, 2020
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The American Board of Dental Examiners, ADEX, has approved the use and offering of the CompeDont™, the simulated tooth developed as an alternative option in the dental licensure examination restorative challenge.  The CompeDont™, produced with support from The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), will be used in the anterior and posterior preparation and restoration sections of the ADEX dental clinical licensure examination. This will offer dental licensure boards/agencies the choice to accept this non-patient involved professional proficiency demonstration or continue to accept the patient required participation.

This addition to the dental examination was only possible after a 3-year development and evaluation process, which included 548 candidates taking a high stakes examination process utilizing the CompeDont™ tooth. The results confirmed that the tooth was able to be used to evaluate the clinical performance of the candidates while finding the same critical deficiencies that were found when evaluating patient care. No other currently available simulated tooth was found that could replicate these consistent findings.

The CompeDont™ tooth will be available for both the Class II and Class III procedures, preparation and restoration. The ADEX testing agencies Council of Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA) and CDCA will both be prepared to offer the examinations with the CompeDont™. Candidates can fulfill the requirements with any combination of patient/ CompeDont™ procedures. In other words, candidates that have already completed one of the restorative procedures on a patient can still perform the remaining procedure on the CompeDont™ tooth, subject to the approval of the state board of dentistry in which they are seeking licensure. Scheduling of the examinations should be done directly with CDCA and CITA.

The manufacturing of the simulated tooth at full production will begin as soon as feasible once current COVID-19 restrictions are eased and then made available to both ADEX testing agencies, CDCA and CITA.  Again, as always, it will be at the discretion of state licensing boards/agencies whether to accept this additional offering in testing modality.

For any questions about the ADEX examination please contact: ADEX™ at For questions about the CompeDont™ please contact The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments at: To schedule examinations contact CDCA ( or CITA (