Botox is used in dentistry to treat TMJ (aka TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder).
However, some dentists use it for cosmetic purposes. Botox injections are big business as a popular wrinkle removal treatment for people looking to combat the signs of aging.
We wanted to know what doctors think about this trend, so we conducted a survey asking if dentists should provide Botox.
Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey report on dentists’ opinions of the role of Botox in dental practices.
Of the dentists in this survey, one in four thinks this is not an appropriate role for dentists. Another 7% feel it should be done for therapeutic reasons only.
“Botox for TMD can be therapeutic. I am against dentists offering it for cosmetic purposes,” said a Minnesota dentist.
“I see it as a device to increase income rather than an admirable service,” said a Pennsylvania dentist.
However, 70% of our survey respondents see no problem with dentists offering Botox treatments and dermal fillers like Restylane.
“I have been teaching and doing this for over 7 years. Where else can one earn about $500 profit in under 5 minutes? Cosmetics pays,” said a New Jersey dentist.
“I don’t provide it in my office, but I don’t have a problem with a properly trained dentist providing the service. Heck, most dentists are better trained and have more knowledge about head and neck anatomy than most general physicians or staff at beauty salons providing Botox and other dermal fillers!” said an Ohio prosthodontist.
“I find Botox good for elderly patients who have a problem with drooling at night due to loss of muscle tone,” shared a Florida dentist. “I use 3-5 units of Botox injected in the muscle on the affected side and it helps to minimize the problem.”
“Do you know if states are going to prohibit this? I have invested in the training but have not bought the supplies,” said a Maryland dentist.
Jim predicts that demand for Botox is only going to grow, but offers these cautionary words for smart dental practice management: “You’ll definitely want to check with your state before you invest in becoming a dental Botox provider.”