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Dentists claim unlicensed dental surgery 'common'

The China Post news staff--Several dentists yesterday uncovered evidence that many inexperienced dentists are allowing unlicensed surgeons from dental implant manufacturers to perform tooth-implant surgeries on patients. The dentists asserted that such conduct infringes on patients' rights.

Dentist Sung Kai-shu (宋開書) said, “It's been an open secret among dentists that many oral implant surgeries were actually performed by unlicensed surgeons from dental implant manufacturers.”

Concerned over labor costs of hiring licensed oral implantologists to perform surgeries on patient, many dental clinics would rather let unlicensed surgeons conduct tooth implant operations in order to make more profit and help save time instead of receiving continuing education, Sung said.

Dentist Ke Chien-pu (葛建埔) suggested that patients may consider having family members or friends stand by operating tables in order to observe surgical procedures more carefully and better understand who is in charge of the oral implant procedures.

Ke said that due to the talent gap between inexperienced and aging oral surgeons, it is common for dental implant manufacturers to introduce their sophisticated but unlicensed surgeons to dental clinics so that their tooth implant products can be better promoted.

Sung, however, stressed that licensed dentists ought to keep attending training courses in order to upgrade their professional knowledge. Though many unlicensed surgeons have proved they posses advanced skills in tooth implant operations, they are still underqualified in the use of surgical instruments for tooth for patients, he added.

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