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Informed consent to remove three baby teeth (14HDC00736)
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Orthodontist ~ Child ~ Extraction ~ Baby teeth ~ Informed
consent ~ Documentation ~ Manner ~ Rights 4(2), 6(1)(b),
An 11-year-old girl had an appointment at an orthodontic clinic
with an orthodontist and dental assistant. The girl attended the
appointment with her mother, a friend of her mother, and her
younger sister. The appointment was for a consultation to observe
the girl's dental development and determine whether orthodontic
work was required.
During the appointment, the orthodontist removed three of the
girl's baby teeth without first informing the girl and her mother,
and without obtaining consent to the teeth being removed.
It was held that, for failing to inform the girl and her mother
of the need to remove three baby teeth, or the options available
for doing so, the orthodontist breached Right 6(1)(b). Without this
information, neither the girl or her mother were in a position to
make an informed choice and provide informed consent for the
removal of the three baby teeth. It follows that the orthodontist
breached Right 7(1). In addition, the orthodontist did not document
the girl's appointment appropriately, and breached Right 4(2).
The practice was found not to be liable for the orthodontist's
decision to remove three of the girl's baby teeth without consent,
or his failure to document the removal.
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