The ADA Code is, in effect, a written expression of the obligations arising from the implied contract between the dental profession and society.
The ADA Code is the result of an ongoing dialogue between the dental profession and society, and as such, is subject to continuous review.
Although ethics and the law are closely related, they are not the same. Ethical obligations may — and often do — exceed legal duties.
In resolving any ethical problem not explicitly covered by the ADA Code, dentists should consider the ethical principles, the patient's needs and interests, and any applicable laws.