Professional Responsibility in Dentistry: A Practical Guide to Law and Ethics
July 2011, ©2011
Part 1: Legal Concepts.
Chapter 1: The Lawsuit.
True Case 1: Misscarriage due to endodontics.
True Case 2: Changing the chart.
True Case 3: Saving the case for trial.
Chapter 2: The Regulation of Dentistry.
True Case 4: Dental state board case of fractured porcelain.
True Case 5: OSHA.
True Case 6: Forfeit of license.
True Case 7: Lost his license.
True Case 8: Assistant extracted tooth.
True Case 9: Dental society denial.
Chapter 3: Defi nitions and Legal Concepts.
True Case 10: Amalgam tattoo = melanoma.
True Case 11: Divorce due to parasthesia.
True Case 12 (True Case 1 Revisited): Lawsuit due to dentist’s criticism.
Part 2: The Practice of Dentistry.
Chapter 4: The Doctor—Patient Relationship.
True Case 13: Food for fi llings.
True Case 14: No pay, no crown.
Chapter 5: Can You Refuse To Treat.
Chapter 6: The Medical—Dental History.
True Case 15: Only Boniva.
True Case 16: Only heart surgery.
Chapter 7: Child Abuse.
True Case 17: Child neglect.
Chapter 8: Informed Consent.
True Case 18: Implants include the teeth.
True Case 19: Signed consent? Forgery.
True Case 20: Two for one.
True Case 21: Teenage pregnancy.
True Case 22: Lawyer threatens: write off patient’s balance or be sued.
Chapter 9: Records.
Chapter 10: Statute of Limitations.
Chapter 11: Abandonment.
True Case 23: Patient outsmarts dentist.
Chapter 12: Standard of Care.
Chapter 13: Peer Review.
True Case 24: Peer review.
Chapter 14: Risk Management.
True Case 25: Too many “near misses”.
True Case 26 (True Case 6 revisited): Dentist leaves state.
True Case 27 (True Case 2 revisited): Changing the chart.
True Case 28: Who knows what is going on?
Chapter 15: Employees and Associates.
True Case 29: Extra-long vacation.
Part 3: Professionalism and Ethics.
Chapter 16: Professionalism.
Chapter 17: Ethics.
True Case 30: Patient doesn’t want referral.
True Case 31: I don’t want my teeth.
True Case 32: Fractured porcelain.
True Case 33: No pay, no treatment.
Chapter 18: Professional Ethical Situations Based on True Cases.
Part 4: New Dentist Issues.
Chapter 19: Associateships.
True Case 34: Dentist reopened next door.
True Case 35: Dentist takes all patient records to new office.
True Case 36: Buy what you built?
True Case 37: Earn your pay.
Chapter 20: Starting or Buying a Practice.
True Case 38: Do you see me now?
True Case 39: You can run but you can’t hide.
True Case 40: Poof! You’re moving.
True Case 41: Bankrupt.
Chapter 21: Marketing a Successful Practice.
True Case 42: Keeping it in the family.
True Case 43: Keep the patients coming.
True Case 44: Insurance company approves treatment but then doesn’t pay.
Chapter 22: Co-diagnosing, or Gaining the Patient’s Trust.
True Case 45: Denture time.
Chapter 23: Employee Management.
Chapter 24: Multispecialty Practice.
Chapter 25: Forms.
General release for dental treatment.
Consent for pulpal debridement and endodontic treatment
Consent for oral surgery
Consent for periodontal surgery.
General consent for surgical and invasive procedures.
Refusal of treatment / referral.
What you should know about fi nancing your dental treatment.
Authorization for release of dental records.
- True cases show real examples of professional and ethical issues facing the practicing dentist
- Integrates various aspects of professionalism, ethics, law, and practice management
- Written by a practicing dentist with a law degree
- Offers perspectives on both the legal and dental aspects of ethical and professional questions
"I would like to see it used as a primary text in the first year of dental school, however, the year of use would be up to the schools curriculum and design of an ethics and law course. I would like to see it used as a primary text in the first year of dental school, however, the year of use would be up to the schools curriculum and design of an ethics and law course." -Bruce H. Seidberg, DDS, MScD, JD
"I do not teach this area to predoctoral students, but have taught these topics to general dentistry residents and would strongly consider making this book required. There is a need for current curriculum content in the areas of dental law, risk management in dentistry, professionalism and ethics. Nearly every dental school is reviewing this area of the curriculum and looking for ways to strengthen both the contact and impact for these topics. Practicing dentists are increasingly interested in these topics, especially given the recent advances in esthetic dentistry, implantology, CT imaging, etc., each of which brings new issues in law, risk management, standard of care, and ethics." -Daniel W. Boston, DMD
"This book does fill a void in the dental education literature. It is impressive in its scope, and the case-based approach has advantages in promoting applications of principles." -Albert G. Abena, DDS, JD