Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions -- >
  Patient Records

Retrieving patient information
  • May a dentist refuse to give a patient his/her records upon request?
  • Absolutely not. A dentist must give a patient his/her records upon request; however, the dentist may charge a "reasonable" fee for reproduction of these records. This fee should not exceed the costs incurred by the dentist for reproducing all records, including radiographs. To refuse to give a patient his/her records violates the ADA Code of Ethics and Board regulations. Refer to Board Regulation 53 and the ADA Code of Ethics.
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  • How many years should patient records be maintained by the dentist?
  • Patient records should be maintained a minimum of seven (7) years from the date of LAST treatment. Refer to Board Regulation 53.
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