Ethics in Aesthetic Dentistry

: 3 credits
Expiry Date
: None
CPD Units
: 3.00 Points
: 2.5/4

Ethical considerations in aesthetic dentistry.

Keywords: Aesthetic dentistry; autonomy; beneficence; benefits; communication; cosmetic dentistry; duties; ethics; ethical principles; fairness; harms; informed consent; justice; non-maleficence; obligations; overtreatment; professionalism; risk factors; standard of care

Reading material:

Educational Objectives

Educational Aim:
The aim of this module is to provide oral health care workers with essential guidelines on how to be in keeping with standards of care in aesthetic dentistry and to full their professional and ethical obligations.

Editor's comments:
The fundamental ethical principles are the moral rules, foundations and justification for our treatment decisions and behaviour. Failure to adhere to these principles not only violates the trust placed in the dental profession, but also compromises our standard of care and leaves oral health care workers vulnerable to litigation..

Educational Outcomes:
Upon completion of this module dental practitioners, oral hygienists and dental assistants should have a clear understanding of:

  1. What is aesthetic dentistry and what are its ethical challenges.
  2. What are the fundamental ethical principles and moral foundations for our treatment decisions and behaviour in practice.
  3. What is the fundamental conflict of interest between professionalism and commercialism.
  4. What are the causes and ethical concerns relating to unnecessary and inappropriate treatment.
  5. What are the ethical issues and treatment processes related to identifying, communicating and avoiding known and potential risk factors.
  6. How to maximize benefits, minimize risks and avoid harms.
  7. How to manage risk.
  8. What are primary duties, obligations and standard of care for ethical aesthetic dental practice.

Instruction for this Module

  • Read the supplied reading material and complete the quiz at the end
  • You need to pass the quiz and complete the course rating to generate the module certificate at the end
  • You have three attempts to pass the quiz
  • The pass grade is 70%
  • Please click on the CPD certificate link to claim your certificate and to update your CPD Manager

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