California Dental Practice Act: 2 Hour Course

Dentistry Defined





The Dental Practice Act defines Dentistry as follows:

Dentistry is the diagnosis or treatment, by surgery or other method, of diseases and lesions, and the corrections of malposition of the human teeth, alveolar process, gums, jaws, or associated structures; and such diagnosis or treatment may include all necessary related procedures as well as the use of drugs, anesthetic agents, and physical evaluation.

The Dental Practice Act defines Dentistry as follows:

Dentistry is the diagnosis or treatment, by surgery or other method, of diseases and lesions, and the corrections of malposition of the human teeth, alveolar process, gums, jaws, or associated structures; and such diagnosis or treatment may include all necessary related procedures as well as the use of drugs, anesthetic agents, and physical evaluation.

Without limiting the foregoing, a person practices dentistry within the meaning of this chapter who does any one of the following: [B&P 1625]

  • By card, circular, pamphlet, newspaper or in any other way advertises themselves or represents themselves to be a dentist (B&P 1625);
  • Performs, or offers to perform, an operation or diagnosis of any kind, or treats diseases or lesions of the human teeth, alveolar process, gums, jaws, or associated structures, or corrects malopposed positions thereof (B&P 625);
  • In any way indicates that they will construct, alter, repair, or sell any bridge, crown, denture, prosthetic appliance or orthodontic appliance; makes or offers to make an examination of, with the intent to perform or cause to be performed by any operation on the human teeth, alveolar process, gums, jaws, or associated structures (B&P 1625); or
  • Manages or conducts as a manager, proprietor, conductor, lessor, or otherwise, a place where dental operations are performed (B&P 1625).

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