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I read the August 2nd posting about a dentist performing Breast Surgery with great interest. While this may be a true account, I have not heard of it prior to this posting and have never heard of any other dentists performing plastic surgery procedures away from the mouth. It is true, that in most states, any health care professional with a surgical license can perform any surgical procedure. As a cosmetic dentist, I could also remove an appendix, legally.
However, whether the professional is a Surgeon MD, Public Health Administrator MD, or a Surgical Dentist DDS, he or she is still held to the highest standards to understand the best surgical techniques, assessment protocols, and potential complications, to name a few. It is one thing to have the Formal Authority to do anything and entirely different calling to exercise appropriate Moral Authority as we interact with others in our lives.
It would be a poor decision for a consumer to choose a dentist for Plastic Surgery or the Dentist to perform it. Likewise, physicians should stay away from Porcelain Veneers or correcting the bite. The consumer should always seek the most competent and experienced care giver for their health - a most precious gift.
Mickey Bernstein, DDS, FAGD Germantown, TN