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Aesthetic dental procedures: legal and medico-legal implications

Authors
  • Di Lorenzo, Pierpaolo
  • Casella, Claudia
  • Capasso, Emanuele
  • Delbon, Paola
  • Fedeli, Piergiorgio
  • Policino, Fabio
  • Niola, Massimo
Type
Published Article
Journal
Open Medicine
Publisher
De Gruyter Open
Publication Date
Mar 30, 2018
Volume
13
Issue
1
Pages
96–100
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/med-2018-0015
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Dental treatments, as well as simple anatomical and functional repair work, can also be for aesthetic purposes. This is because the anatomical area concerned, i.e. the oral cavity, has a great power of attraction. Aesthetic treatments in general – in particular dental treatments – have been on the rise in recent years, and this has also meant an increase in claims due to patient dissatisfaction with the results obtained. Numerous laws have been introduced that emphasise the need for comprehensive prior information in order to acquire valid consent. This has resulted in the elimination of the distinction between the obligation of means and obligation of result, with achievement of the normally expected result required in any case.

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