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Article: Volume 47 Number 2 Page 92 - February 2020

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  Dental Update 475: 92-102

Oral surgery:  Consent in Oral Surgery: a Guide for Clinicians

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Abstract: The consent process remains a pillar of excellent clinical care. The changes in the law after the Montgomery ruling in 2015 has changed the shape of consent, and now, taking adequate consent can be extensive and sometimes confusing for clinicians and patients. Dentists are sometimes faced with the unenvious task of weighing up what patients should know versus what they want to know. This paper aims to describe the consent process for more common oral surgical procedures, helping clinicians to allow their patients to make informed decisions.

Clinical relevance: To assist primary and secondary care clinicians in taking adequate consent for oral surgical procedures.

Author notes: Mohammed M Dungarwalla, BDS(Hons), MSc, MFDS RCSEd, FHEA, Specialist Registrar and Academic Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery (email: and Edmund Bailey, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCSEd, MPhil, MOral Surg RCSEd, PGCert, FHEA, FDS RCSEd, Senior Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Oral Surgery, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMUL, The Royal London Dental Hospital, Turner Street, London, E1 1DE, UK.

Objective: To list common oral surgery procedures, how they can be described to patients, and how to discuss the risks and benefits of said procedures so that patients can make an informed decision about their treatment.