Bioethics and odontologists’ professional practice

  • María Angélica Torres-Quintana Universidad de Chile
  • Fernando Romo O. Universidad de Chile


Odontology faces important ethical dilemmas: interaction patient-odontologist; access to dental health; consciousness about population's needs, among others. All of these attract discussion and have to be treated according to ethics. This paper wants to show that bioethics, as an open alternative based upon dialogue and comprehension of evidences, will provide tools to find ethical answers for dilemmas and for inter-disciplinary and inter-professional discussions.

Author Biographies

Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios en Bioética, Universidad de Chile.

Clínica Integral del Adulto y Departamento de Patología, Facultad de Odontología, Universidad de Chile.




Keywords ethical dilemmas, dialogue, social needs
How to Cite
Torres-Quintana, M., & Romo O., F. (2006). Bioethics and odontologists’ professional practice. Acta Bioethica, 12(1). Retrieved from