Explaining Justifiable Benefit

Posted on May 9, 2017


Last week an Albuquerque news station had a piece about a dentist who was under investigation due to patient complaints about being treated for non-existing problems. Does this happen in our area?


When a patient changes to a new dentist it can be upsetting when problems are identified, especially when your previous dentist said you had great oral health. The American Dental Association holds all dentists to Principles of Ethics and a Code of Professional Conduct. Under these obligations, dentists have a responsibility to provide services that have a “justifiable benefit” to the patient. If you think a dentist is not following their obligation to patients, I always recommend you get a second opinion. Visit my 24/7 chat line to inquire about our dental clinic.