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Anxiety and Ability to Recognize Clinical Information in Dentistry

Anxiety and Ability to Recognize Clinical Information in Dentistry
Before a patient can provide informed consent and agree to cooperate in treatment, it is crucial that he/she understand information relevant to the clinical procedures. This is especially important in invasive procedures,such as tooth extraction and/or implant insertion, in which results are usually non-reversible.

Author(s): Devorah Schwartz-Arad, DMD, PhD;Y. Bartal
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Legal Considerations in the Use of Cone Beam Computer Tomography Imaging

Legal Considerations in the Use of Cone Beam Computer Tomography Imaging
Cone beam computed tomography imaging represents a paradigm shift for enhancing diagnosis and treatment planning. Questions regarding cone beam computed tomography's associated legal responsibility are addressed, including cone beam tomography necessity, recognition of pathosis in the scan's entire volume, adequate training, informed consent and/or refusal and current court status of cone bean computed tomography. Judicious selection and prudent use of cone beam computed tomography technology to protect and promote patient safety and efficacious treatment complies with the standard of care.

Author(s): Edwin J Zinman, DDS, JD;DDS, JD; Stuart C. White, DDS, PHD; Sotirios Tetradis, DDS, PHD
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Ethics versus Legal Informed Consent— A Distinction with  Little Difference

Ethics versus Legal Informed Consent— A Distinction with Little Difference
The core principles of dental ethics and legal standards of care have similar foundations. Both are dedicated to place the patient’s best interest as primary and the practitioner’s interest as secondary. Similarities between ethics and the law demonstrate that most often there may be distinctions but little core differences. Informed consent principles illustrate the comparison between dental ethics and the law.

Author(s): Edwin J Zinman, DDS, JD
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