ACD 2020 Recordings

The following videos were recorded as part of the American College of Dentist’s 2020 Annual Meeting. The use of these videos is free for educational purposes.


2020 COVID-19 Featured Resources

In the spring and summer of 2020, the College worked with the American Dental Association and Dentsply Sirona to present timely webinars and resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional information can be found at www.acd.org/education/covid-19/.

Reopening, Risks, Responsibilities and Re-evaluation

Pandemics and Dental Practices: Ethical Challenges

Ethical Dilemmas

Presented through our partnership with Indiana University School of Dentistry.

The newest video in the series: The New Dentist

Difficult Disclosure

The Jacket

Making Decisions

Patient in Pain

Full Care

Coach

Fair Payment

Service

Third Opinion

Who Decides?

Who Cares for the Patient?

Adolescent Patient

Uninvited Attention

Tooth Colored Restorations

The Ethics Library was established at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics in 1973 with funding from the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation to support research projects at the Institute, such as the first edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics and the NLM-sponsored compilation of the annual Bibliography of Bioethics and its counterpart database, BIOETHICSLINE®.

bioethics.georgetown.edu

The Core Values and Aspirational Code of Ethics of the American College of Dentists were first developed in 1996 and can be saved to your computer or printed.

Aspirational Code of Ethics

Collaboratively, the American College of Dentists, the American Society for Dental Ethics, and the Academy of General Dentistry publish a column several times a year on dental ethics in AGD Impact, a publication of the Academy of General Dentistry.

  • Purpose. These ethics articles are only meant to further your knowledge and understanding of dental ethics by presenting, discussing, and analyzing ethical issues, situations, and dilemmas that may occur in dental settings. Thes articles are not intended to: a) provide legal advice; b) provide advice or assistance in the diagnosis or treatment of dental diseases or conditions; or c) provide advice or assistance in the management of dental patients, practices, or personnel.
  • By using any or all of the articles you are affirming your acceptance of the Terms of Use
  • Permission. The ethical articles are used with the permission of the AGD Impact and the Academy of General Dentistry.
  • Appreciation. The American College of Dentists extends its sincere appreciation to AGD Impact and the Academy of General Dentistry for permitting these articles to be included on this website, Dental Ethics, and used by the website’s users. Great appreciation is also extended to our ASDE colleagues, who are the primary contributors.

Donald Patthoff, DDS, MAGD and David Ozar, PhD

August 2013, pp. 22-24

AGD Impact Moral Distress

David Ozar, PhD and Donald Patthoff, DDS, MAGD

February 2016, pp. 20-23

AGD Impact Looking Inward

The Ethics Handbook for Dentists is designed for both dental students and practicing dentists. Approximately 5,000 booklets are distributed annually to dental schools in the United States and Canada on a complimentary basis. The current version incorporates relevant portions of the former dental student booklet, Dentistry—A Health Profession. For questions or information on ordering printed copies, contact the Executive Office in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The PDF version below can be saved to your computer or printed.

Ethics Handbook for Dentists

A series of ethical dilemmas was published in the Texas Dental Journal between 1993 and 2005. The lead author of these dilemmas, Dr. Thomas K. Hasegawa, died tragically in 2005. The dilemmas remain an important legacy for dentistry. Use the index below for links to PDF files of each dilemma.

  • Format. Each ethical dilemma was originally introduced in one issue of the Texas Dental Journal with the question, “What would you do?” The more expansive analysis of the dilemma was presented in a subsequent issue. The second page of each dilemma file depicts the cover of the issue containing the analysis of the dilemma, not the issue containing the briefer introduction to the dilemma. The ethical dilemmas were compiled for digital use by the American College of Dentists in 2008. The ethical dilemmas are no longer available on compact disc (CD), see the download links below.
  • Purpose. These ethical dilemma are only meant to further your knowledge and understanding of dental ethics by presenting, discussing, and analyzing hypothetical ethical dilemmas that may occur in dental settings. The dilemmas are not intended to: a) provide legal advice; b) provide advice or assistance in the diagnosis or treatment of dental diseases or conditions; or c) provide advice or assistance in the management of dental patients, practices, or personnel.
  • Terms of Use. To use the digital ethical dilemmas in the series you must first agree to the Terms of Use. By using the dilemmas, any or all in the series, you are affirming your acceptance of said Terms of Use and your concurrence with the Purpose presented immediately above.
  • Permission. The ethical dilemmas are used with the permission of the Texas Dental Journal.
  • Support. Support the American College of Dentists for more information about this digital series of ethical dilemmas.

Index of Ethical Dilemmas

Click on the links below for PDF files of the individual dilemmas. Please note—the files are somewhat large and may take a few minutes to open.

No.Dilemma TitleAuthor(s)Issue
1Is Mom Losing It?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS(September 1993),
110(9), 17-18
2Dr. Boley’s DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS(October 1993),
110(10), 47-49
3“Let’s pull it, Mom”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Gary Coleman, DDS, MS, consultant
(December 1993),
110(12), 27-29
5Confidentiality for a Pregnant Adolescent?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(February 1994),
111(2), 23-25
6“…the pain is really bad and I need something (Percodan) NOW!”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Tommy Gage, DDS, PhD, consultant
(March 1994),
111(3), 39-42
7“I want the whitest teeth!”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(April 1994),
111(4), 37-40
8“I don’t want to lose my tooth”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(May 1994),
111(5), 48-50
9Will You Stand Behind Your Work?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(June 1994),
111(6), 52-54
10The Patient’s (Fraudulent) RequestThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Carl D. Ellis, DDS, consultant
(July 1994),
111(7), 35-37
11“Skip the gum work and start the bridges”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Carl D. Ellis, DDS, consultant
(September 1994),
111(9), 49-51
12Conflict, Collusion or Collaboration: Who Benefits from a Referral?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Carl D. Ellis, DDS, consultant
(October 1994),
111(10), 43-45
13The Dental Assistant and Substance AbuseThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Carl D. Ellis, DDS, consultant
(November 1994),
111(11), 60-63
14Radiation Treatment DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Neil L. Frederiksen, DDS, PhD, consultant
(December 1994),
111(12), 42-45
15The Painful Diagnostic DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
John W. Harrison, DMD, MS
(January 1995),
112(1), 50-53
16Carole’s Unexpected PulpitisThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
E. Steven Duke, DDS, MSD, consultant
(February 1995),
112(2), 81-85
17“Crank it up!” Patient Seeks a “High” from NitrousThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Bryan N. Henderson II, DDS, consultant
(March 1995),
112(3), 56-59
18The Friendly, Litigious PatientThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Mark J. Hanna, JD, consultant
(April 1995),
112(4), 43-47
19Overtreatment or Appropriate Treatment?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(May 1995),
112(5), 37-41
20The Patient Who Sexually Harasses the Dental StaffThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(June 1995),
112(6), 35-39
21Clinical Requirements and Dental School BluesThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(July 1995),
112(7), 47-51
22Ethics of Managed Dental CareThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(September 1995),
112(9), 45-48
23“I Just Can’t Bear to See Him Anymore”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(October 1995),
112(10), 69-72
24Confidentiality for an Eating Disorders PatientThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Barbara Altshuler, RDH, MS
(November 1995),
112(11), 72-75
25Dental Clinical Examining Board DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(December 1995),
112(12), 44-46
26“Should we throw this (avulsed) tooth away?”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Eddy Tidwell, DMD, MS, consultant
(February 1996),
113(2), 62-64
27Trade or Profession—The Ethics of AdvertisingThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(March 1996),
113(3), 70-72
28“You’re the Doc, I trust you…just do it!”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(April 1996),
113(4), 113-114
29The Patient Fractures His (RCT) Tooth—Who Is Responsible?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
John W. Harrison, DMD, MS
(May 1996),
113(5), 47-48
30Headache/Orofacial Pain Diagnostic DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Richard Harper, DDS, FRCD(C), consultant
(June 1996),
113(6), 71-74
31“Is it cancer?”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
John M. Wright, DDS, MS, consultant
(July 1996),
113(7), 45-47
32Retailing Vitamins in the Dental OfficeThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
Jeffry R. Hill, JD, consultant
(September 1996),
113(9), 60-62
33Bad News BearersThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
John M. Wright, DDS, MS, consultant
(October 1996),
113(10), 32-62
34The Specialist’s GiftThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD, consultant
(January/February 2001),
118(1), 84-87
35The Patient’s Errant CheckbookThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Lloyd A. George, DDS, Med, JD
(April 2001),
118(3), 273-276
36The Endodontist’s Painful DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Bruce Peltier, PHD
David Witherspoon, BDSc, MS, BEcon
(July 2001),
118(7), 559-562
37Ethical Issues of Domestic ViolenceThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Marylou Gutmann, BSDH, MA
(October 2001),
118(10), 988-992
38Sensitive (Ethical) Issues for the PeriodontistThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Thomas W. Stanford, Jr. DDS, MS
(January 2002),
119(1), 85-87
39Caring for the Child—The Pediatric Dentist’s DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Alton McWhorter, DDS, MS
(April 2002),
119(4), 359-361
40Plaque, Puberty, and Noncompliance—the Orthodontic DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Reginald Taylor, DMD, DMSc
(July 2002),
119(7), 645-647
41Pregnancy, X-rays and Risks—The Radiology DilemmaThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Neil Frederiksen, DDS, PhD
(October 2002),
119(10), 1049-1051
42“Grin and Bear It”—The Frustrated Denture WearerThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Ronald D. Woody, DDS
(January 2003),
120(1), 101-103
43Anxious (Patient) About AmalgamThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Marvin Hirsh, DDS
(April 2003),
120(4), 365-367
44When the File BreaksThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Gerald Glickman, DDS, MS
(July 2003),
120(7), 607-609
45“Doc, if you can’t stop smoking, why should I?”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Vendrell Rankin, DDS
Sarah S. Pollex, MPH
(October 2003),
120(10), 991-993
46“I’m sure it’s all right (swallowed/aspirated casting?)”Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
David M. Grogan, DDS, MSD
(January 2004),
121(1), 99-101
47Friend or Patient…or Both?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
David M. Grogan, DDS, MSD
(April 2004),
121(4), 329-331
48Who Cares for the Incompetent Patient?Thomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Michael Reed, DDS
(July 2004),
121(7), 616-619
49Extreme Makeover—We Want Her to Be a WinnerThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Charles W. Wakefield, DDS
(October 2004),
121(10), 995-998
50The Impaired Practitioner—Intervene or ReportThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
JoAnn Scofield, RDH, MS
Holly Johnston, LMSW
(January 2005),
122(1), 101-103
51Dealing with Uncertainty—Bisphosphonate-related OsteonecrosisThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
David M. Grogan, DDS, MSD
(April 2005),
122(4), 385-387
52Transferring Records of the Demanding PatientThomas K. Hasegawa, Jr., DDS, MA
Merrill Matthews, Jr., PhD
Bruce Peltier, PhD, MBA
(July 2005),
122(7), 683-685

This text is written for dental students and residents. While other readers may find it useful, its purpose is to provide a brief and clear introduction to the ethics of the profession of dentistry.

Dr. Peltier is Professor of Psychology and Ethics at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, University of the Pacific in San Francisco, where he has taught for 25 years.

Dr. Jenson served as Clinical Professor of Dentistry and Lecturer at the University of California, San Francisco for 23 years and practiced in Nevada and California for 30 years. His Master’s degree is in Philosophy.

The authors of this text are dental educators and ethicists, not attorneys. Please do not construe the contents of this document to be legal advice.
This version is a working draft and will be adjusted and edited in the future. Please do not forward or publish it without permission. Use bpeltier@pacific.edu to contact the authors.

Dental Ethics Primer 2017_Peltier and Jensen

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