The world of medicine is constantly advancing, constantly changing, constantly improving, which is something that we should all feel grateful for – but sometimes those advancements come as a bit of a surprise to us. For example, few of us could have predicted ten years ago that a change in the way that Botox is being taught and trained has meant that there are now thousands of dentists up and down the country who are now offering not just root canals and fillings, but also Botox and dermal fillers. Who could have predicted that change in medicine, even five years ago? But now that is a reality, and many people are more than a little surprised by it all.
It seems a little alien to go to a place where you have always received dental treatment for your teeth in order to have some of those wrinkles ironed out, but it is a choice that plenty of patients are making every day. When you think about it, there is a huge amount of sense in the decision. Dental practices are just as clean and hygienic as any hospital or other medical place where you would expect to receive treatment, and dentists have the same basic medical training as anyone else who administers Botox – at least, you would hope so! They also have a huge amount of experience with the facial area, and with needles and injections. Dentists know what the glabellar lines are, and what forehead rhytids mean. They don’t need a dictionary to understand lateral canthal lines, and perioral lines can be pointed out by them in their sleep. So why does it feel so strange to many us?
Dr Howard Katz believes that this will change very soon, as it becomes more and more common. His Dentox training program was created purposefully for dentists to train in Botox, and due to his efforts there are now many dentists with the Botox certification they need in order to be able to offer the treatments. He takes his dentist trainees through the differences between temporalis and masseter muscle hypertrophy and dentofacial aesthetics, exploring the use of Botox as for temporomandibular disorders, and can even solve bruxism (or teeth grinding), typically a dentist’s problem. Botox is the future, and Dentox is the training program that will bring it to dental practices up and down the country.