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Dentists offer lots of cosmetic dentistry options, and Botox is becoming increasingly popular at dental offices. Many dentists already offer dermal fillers, and even more are considering getting into the business of facial aesthetics.
July 25, 2008 (San Francisco, California) Today’s cosmetic dentist embraces new aesthetic treatments, and more and more now offer Botox and other dermal fillers to their dental patients. One in six US dentists are already offering Botox to their dental patients, reveals a recent survey by internet dental marketing and dental practice management resource The Wealthy Dentist.
Many dentists are confused about the laws and regulations, but 27% said they would offer Botox if regulations permitted. “I didn't think it was legal for a dentist to practice this type of medicine,” said a California orthodontist. “I would consider it if regulations did not specifically preclude the procedure,” said one Tennessee dentist.
Many dentists are on the fence; 37% said they might offer Botox someday. "I have patients asking for Botox treatments. They think all dentists perform this service and would like me to start offering it in my office," said one general dentist.
Twenty percent of dentists said they would never offer these services. “Since when was Botox or Restylane injections for facial/head/neck esthetics considered dentistry?" scoffed an Ohio prosthodontist. "I’ve never seen it taught or discussed in any dental textbooks or journals. It certainly is not in the definition of dentistry that the Ohio (or probably any other state) Dental Board considers in the realm of dentistry and covered
by a dental license." “It's way beyond our scope of treatment. It is bad enough that Plastic Surgeons do this sort of thing,” agreed a Utah dentist.
“No one is better qualified to place Botox or Restylane than a dentist due to understanding facial symmetry issues. Bar none!” declared a Nevada dentist. “I think anyone professionally trained to give subcutaneous injections should be able to administer Botox within a licensed medical/dental practice,” agreed a Michigan dentist.
In addition, Botox can be a treatment for TMJ pain. "I only inject Botox for pain management," said a Massachusetts pain management dentist. "Dentists are the only practitioners qualified to inject the face and mouth for pain management." "It’s great for reducing damage to prostheses when used on masseter muscle for bruxers," agreed a Malaysia prosthodontist.
“I have an R.N. that comes into my office and offers a full range of cosmetic and laser procedures for my patients," raved a California dentist. "She has also introduced some of her long-time patients to my practice. Facial aesthetics is a nice complement to a cosmetic dental practice."
“Dentists are always on the lookout for new services to offer their patients,” said Jim Du Molin, dental consultant and founder of dental marketing resource The Wealthy Dentist. “Cosmetic dentistry is growing and growing, so it seems inevitable that some doctors would branch out into Botox. Lots of UK dentists are making
a profit from it!"
Du Molin invites readers to visit his blog at http://www.thewealthydentist.com/blog/380/botox-dental-survey/ and comment on this survey.
Visit http://www.thewealthydentist.com for more Wealthy Dentist survey results on topics such as cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sleep dentistry, TMJ, dentistry, and braces. Plus, sign up for Jim Du Molin’s free video training program on dental website marketing.
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