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Thursday, September 15, 2011
10:15am — 11:45am


(H) Grand Ballroom Salon A-F

AAOMS Keynote Lecture: Commerce versus Care: The Ethics of Dental Treatment


Dentists in practice have a difficult balance with one foot in the business world and one foot in the healthcare world. At some time, every clinician has to make a choice whether to pursue the path towards maximizing practice income, sometimes at the expense of the ethical standards of the clinician and the profession. This presentation will discuss the recent trends towards creating the perfect “smile”, sometimes with full mouth reconstruction based on shaky science. Is it appropriate for general practitioners to treat full-mouth reconstruction cases without training beyond a weekend course? When is referral to a specialist ethically required? What constitutes appropriate training and which unaccredited institutions practice evidence-based treatment? The ethical responsibility of the profession towards patient treatment will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this symposium, participants will be able to:

  1. Define overtreatment.
  2. Define difference between informed consent and induced consent.
  3. Discuss ethics and professional responsibility.

Larry J. Moore, DDS, MS
Chino Hills, CA


Richard J. Simonsen, DDS, MS
Emeritus Dean and Consultant
Midwestern University, College of Dental Medicine
Glendale, AZ

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