The word “Botox” is not one that is normally associated with the word “dentist.” However, approximately eight percent of dentists in North America are now providing Botox and dermal filler treatments to patients in conjunction with cosmetic dentistry. Although we currently do not offer this service at Mitchell Dentistry, we wanted to let you know about the latest developments in dentistry.
Recently, at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry’s annual scientific meeting, Pankaj Singh, DDS, spoke about the importance of using Botox and dermal fillers to restore facial volume when a patient has undergone dental restoration. As Dr. Singh stated, “Dentists have as much training and knowledge in the oral and maxillofacial area as dermatologists and give more injections, though mostly in the mouth. With proper training, dentists can be proficient in administering these agents.”
The two most common methods of dermal fillers are Botox, which is a purified protein that relaxes facial muscles by blocking nerve impulses, and Restylane, a dermal filler agent that treats fat and collagen loss. Both methods result in making the skin smoother and giving the patient a more youthful appearance. The effects of these injections are not permanent, but can last anywhere from two to four months. Typical side effects may include; localized pain, infection, bleeding, swelling, redness and bruising.
Despite the popularity of these treatments many state dental boards are against allowing dentists to perform these injections and we will have to wait and see what the final decision will be.
At Mitchell Dentistry, continuing education and adopting the latest techniques and products to enhance patient care are our top priorities. We strive to make sure that our patients are informed and, in many cases, have access to new advancements in dentistry. Our hope with this blog is to connect and engage with our patients and the community. If you have any questions or would like to consult a dentist, please visit wwww.mitchelldentist.com or call 239.939.5556.