Informed consent in dentistry is a foundation of patient engagement and patient-centered care. True informed consent is not merely a signed form; rather, it is a process of educating a patient about treatment options and potential outcomes.

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This video examines the importance of informed consent in dentistry and how lack of an appropriate informed consent process can lead to increased frequency and severity of malpractice claims. The essential elements of informed consent are discussed, as well as the role of dentists in this process. The provision of an informed consent checklist and review of case scenarios involving lack of or ineffective informed consent also are included in this video.

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