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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry [18 VAC 60 ‑ 21]
Action Amendment to restriction on advertising dental specialties
Comment Period Ends 9/5/2018
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8/16/18  10:18 pm
Commenter: Craig E. Vigliante M.D., D.M.D.

What are we doing???

Forgive me but I really do not see the logic in this at all.  I can’t even believe this is even coming to a vote.  I am genuinely not opposed to general dentists performing procedures that they are adequately trained to do.  There are many well trained dentists placing implants, performing Invisalign, taking out teeth, performing root canal therapy, etc.  However, they are not held to the same standards as Specialists or Board Certified Specialists.   That’s why we have specialists.  Specialists hone their craft day in and day out consistently achieving the highest standards of care for their patients.  This is why patients seek out specialists.  It is also the reason why general dentists seek out specialists.  This amendment would be a complete disservice to the all of the specialists in Dentistry and the patients they serve.  There is a reason specialists go on for further training of 2 - 6 years after dental school.  Dentistry is not easy.  Being a specialist is not easy. In fact, practicing Dentistry and Medicine today is more costly and more difficult on many fronts than it was many years ago.  Today we have technology on our side in our offices, but look at how the internet and the regulations can make things very costly and very complicated.  Those who seek a specialist in a specific field do so to receive a consistently high standard of care.  Stripping the public of this knowledge is wrong.  Medicine has specialists for a reason and so do we.  I hope we all can use some common sense here....