[Patients with unusual requests for extractions 2. Mental incompetency and psycho-pathologic causes].
SourceNederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde, 117, 11, (2010), pp. 547-552
1 november 2010
Article / Letter to editor
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Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Tandheelkunde
SubjectNCEBP 7: Effective primary care and public health
If there is no indication for tooth removal purely based on dental criteria, but the patient requests for removal due to fear of dental treatment, or because of a mental disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, a somatoform pain disorder or a disorder of body image perception, then the question is whether the patient is mentally competent to make this decision. In case of a tooth removal request on psychopathologic basis, a dentist has to refuse to carry out such treatment, but he should make an effort to help or guide the patient in some other way.
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