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Legal Implications of Dental Practice in India: A Critical Review of Court Cases in India

Ritu Maiti, GK Umashankar

Keywords : Court cases, Dentist, Errors, Negligence, Punishment

Citation Information : Maiti R, Umashankar G. Legal Implications of Dental Practice in India: A Critical Review of Court Cases in India. J Oral Health Comm Dent 2021; 15 (3):152-155.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10062-0114

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 27-01-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


The dental profession is a deeply revered relationship with the patients. But it is ironic that in recent times, the attacks on doctors have become common. Such incidents are increasing at an alarming rate and are reflective of an ailing Indian healthcare system. The reasons cited for such acts are patient dissatisfaction after treatment, false complaints and acquisitions, and highlights by the media. This has made the healthcare system more sensitive and vulnerable. Though such incidents can be resolved between patients and dentists, sometimes patients seek help from the court. A legal case against the dentist causes social, psychological, and financial instabilities. Therefore, every health professional in order to avoid such litigations should have an idea about the rules and regulations guiding their profession, the law and ethics pertaining to their practice, and standard protocols to follow in everyday routine. The data gathered for this review article were from Internet search of court cases recorded. The following article is an attempt to review the court cases and throw light to the rightful steps to minimize the risk.

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