What are some examples of ethical dilemmas in dentistry?

Many examples of ethical dilemmas in dentistry may arise over deciding what is best for the patient when different courses of action conflict with each other. Dilemmas may also arise when it comes to balancing the needs of the dentist's business with the needs of the patients.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

As in any medical field, the potential for ethical dilemmas exists in dentistry. In the end, it all boils down to the ability of the practitioner to discern right from wrong and act accordingly. Below are some hypothetical ethical dilemmas a dentist may encounter.

A dentist may encounter a patient with some pre-cavity pits in several teeth. A simple sealant would prevent these from becoming cavities. However, the patient's insurance only covers fillings, not sealants. The patient informs the dentist that they cannot afford to pay for the sealants. Should the dentist tell the patient to come back later when the pits have...

(The entire section contains 315 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on