A. Though patient records are the dentist's property, the law gives patients the right to the information contained in the records. Be prepared to sign an authorization form for the release of a copy of your records.
The maximum charge for copies of records is spelled out in Alabama law:
A. DMD stands for Doctor of Dental Medicine and DDS stands for Doctor of Dental Surgery. Because of standardized regulation of U.S. dental schools, there is no difference in the educational qualifications of a dentist with a DMD degree and one with a DDS degree. The degrees are now primarily nods to a school's history.
A. Alabama has many charitable clinics for underserved populations, many of which take patient income under consideration. Click here for more information. (link back to dental clinics)
A. ALDA members are dentists who have chosen to belong to their professional association. Membership requires that a dentist adhere to certain standards of ethical behavior. Membership allows dentists to receive current information regarding patient health and safety, continuing education, and community service projects. Many ALDA members work diligently with state government advocating for and protecting your rights as a patient.