Tennessee general dentists can now use Botox and dermal fillers for cosmetics and TMJ therapeutics

The Tennessee Attorney General’s office has released an opinion which now allows general dentists to use facial injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers. According to the opinion, the use of Botox and dermal fillers for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes is within the scope of dental practice in the oral and maxillofacial areas and adjacent and associated structure. The Attorney General’s office has also affirmed the need for proper training.

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The Tennessee Attorney General’s office has released an opinion which now allows general dentists to use facial injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers. According to the opinion, the use of Botox and dermal fillers for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes is within the scope of dental practice in the oral and maxillofacial areas and adjacent and associated structure. The Attorney General’s office has also affirmed the need for proper training.ADDITIONAL READING |Coding for TMD

“Tennessee general dentists can now join the vast majority of dental professionals in North America in being able to provide Botox and dermal fillers for esthetics, TMJ, bruxism, headaches, dental sleep medicine, and orofacial pain treatment with comprehensive training. We applaud the Board of Dentistry and the Attorney General’s office for affirming the need for proper training for dentists who are going to use these pharmaceuticals in their practices”, said Dr. Louis Malcmacher, president of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE).

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Dr. Malcmacher continued, “With Botox and dermal filler education being taught at more than 80 dental universities, societies, and continuing education programs for general dentists in the last four years, including the Academy of General Dentistry and American Dental Association annual sessions, these procedures have become fully integrated into daily dental treatment plans. This results in the best esthetic and therapeutic outcomes for patients in areas of dental/facial esthetics, dental sleep medicine, TMJ, and orofacial pain therapy. The AAFE has trained nearly 10,000 dental professionals nationwide in the use of Botox and dermal fillers.”

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For more information about the American Academy of Facial Esthetics national and online course offerings, visit facialesthetics.org or call (800) 952-0521.

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