Informed consent is a widely accepted necessity for those of us practicing implant dentistry. How the consent is obtained and the degree of detail it contains is highly variable. It is well established by the courts that it is a common legal requirement for providers to obtain legitimate and well-informed consent before initiating treatment. Simply obtaining a signed authorization for surgery or prosthetic restoration is a limited view of this vital component of treatment. Patients should have a conscious participation in the treatment decision-making process. Lidz et al called the simple signature signing an “event model” that is now outdated. A “process model” should replace the event model. The process model focuses on efforts that promote the patient's active participation in making a shared treatment decision. If the process model is used, the patient takes ownership of the treatment decisions.

The suggested elements of the process model...

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