California dentists can now perform Botox and dermal filler procedures

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California dentists can now perform Botox and dermal filler procedures.

The time has come for California dentists to get into Botox and dermal fillers for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses.   Here is the history and the latest of what took place at this week’s California dental board meeting:

I was asked in my capacity as President of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to present to the Dental Board of California in August of this year at which time I gave them an overview of the use and integration of Botox and dermal fillers in dentistry.  That began a discussion on the scope of dental practice in CA as defined by their dental practice act, which was then continued at this week’s CA state board meeting.

I attended the Dental Board of California meeting this week in Studio City, CA where the discussion continued.  Dr. Howard Katz presented another perspective on this issue and there was public discussion in which a number of people spoke, myself included.  The California AGD who was well represented by Dr. Guy Acheson, Dr. Steven Skurow, Dr. Garfield, Dr. Chetty, and Dr. Bill Langstaff  really did a great job supporting the rights and advocating for general dentists – Dr. Acheson spoke in front of the board multiple times very eloquently.

Bottom line is that Botox and dermal fillers are allowed within the scope of dental practice for use by general dentists for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses WITH APPROPRIATE AND ADEQUATE TRAINING.  Truth be told, this was always true but like all dental practice acts and state dental boards, there are a few quirks that had to be worked out including educating state dental board members how integral these procedures have been in dentistry.   Now Botox and dermal fillers in California by dentists is just like any other area of dentistry and will be treated as such –  for example, if you are placing implants out of the scope of practice and are not adequately trained, then you should not be doing implants, the same is true of sinus lifts, perio surgery, veneers, sleep apnea, oral-systemic treatments and Botox and dermal fillers, it is all treated the same way.  This is true of most of the state dental boards that I have worked with and I have worked with a lot of them in this and other areas.  The CA dental board previously had a Botox statement on their website, which the board members did not even know the source of and has been removed since it was not based in any language in the dental practice act.   No statement is necessary from the board allowing Botox and dermal fillers because it is like any other dental procedures, as long as you are using them for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses which is what we teach in our courses anyway and relates to 99% of the procedures done in the oral and maxillofacial areas.

Congratulations to outgoing board president, Dr. John Bettinger, the subcommittee that looked at this issue headed by Dr. Luis Dominicis and Dr. Tom Olinger, and the rest of the dental board for tackling this issue and clarifying this position.  California now joins the majority of states that properly allow dentists to do Botox and dermal filler procedures for dental esthetic and dental therapeutics. The American Academy of Facial Esthetics is also proud to be a Dental Board of California registered provider for continuing education as we are in many states and will begin offering our full two day live patient hands-on Botox/Dysport and dermal filler training in California starting in January.

Dr. Louis Malcmacher

President, American Academy of Facial Esthetics

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