Some dentists upset over talk of extra training for risky procedures

The move will require general practice dentists to acquire certificates of competency before offering these procedures. Currently, all dentists are allowed to perform them.
The move will require general practice dentists to acquire certificates of competency before offering these procedures. Currently, all dentists are allowed to perform them.PHOTO: ST FILE

About 50 of them seek special meeting of dental association, fearing bid to curb their freedom to perform some treatments

About 50 dentists, upset by what they perceive as an attempt by the authorities to protect specialists and curb their freedom to perform certain treatments, have jointly sent a letter to the Singapore Dental Association (SDA) asking for a special general meeting.

The Singapore Dental Council (SDC), the professional watchdog, has been sounding out dental groups on the need for additional training for certain procedures that could pose risks to patients if not properly carried out.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2019, with the headline 'Some dentists upset over talk of extra training for risky procedures'. Print Edition | Subscribe