March 07, 2012
Michigan Board of Dentistry approves the use of Botox® and dermal fillers by general dentists
The Michigan Board of Dentistry has released a statement regarding the use of Botox® and dermal fillers in dentistry. According to the statement, the Board has affirmed the need for proper training in these procedures as well as the dentists ability to “treat those areas of the face that are reasonably identified as dependent tissue of the teeth” which includes the oral and maxillofacial areas where Botox® and dermal procedures are routinely done for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic purposes within the scope of practice of dentistry.
“The bottom line is that Botox® and dermal fillers are allowed within the Michigan scope of dental practice for use by general dentists for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses with comprehensive training. We applaud the board members of the Michigan Board of Dentistry for affirming the need for proper training for dentists who are going to use Botox® and dermal fillers in their practice.”, said Dr. Louis Malcmacher, president of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. Dr. Malcmacher continued, “It is important to note that this is only a statement by the board and not an administrative rule. With Botox® and/or dermal fillers education in the oral and maxillofacial areas being taught at nearly 50 dental university and dental society continuing education programs for general dentists in the last four years including the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry annual meetings as well as the Michigan Dental Association and University of Michigan continuing education programs, it is clear that the Board’s statement concerning not allowing injections for cosmetic purposes only relates to those cosmetic procedures outside the oral and maxillofacial areas which are outside the scope of dentistry. The American Academy of Facial Esthetics has trained hundreds of Michigan dental professionals and thousands of dental professionals nationwide in the use of Botox® and dermal fillers for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic procedures within the oral and maxillofacial areas covered by the Michigan dental practice act.”