Claim Scenario: Withdrawing From the Dentist-Patient Relationship

Using appropriate guidelines can prevent a malpractice claim.

The American Dental Association’s Code of Professional Conduct states:

Once a dentist has undertaken a course of treatment, the dentist should not discontinue that treatment without giving the patient adequate notice and the opportunity to obtain the services of another dentist. Care should be taken that the patient’s oral health is not jeopardized in the process”.

The health and well-being of a patient is always a primary concern. However, when it’s necessary to end the ...

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