Dermal fillers: how are they different from Botox and why should dentists care

Dr. Katz Teaching in New York


Although many consider Botox and dermal fillers to be exactly the same, there are key differences between them when you start to consider them not just as medical procedures, but as dental procedures. Most dentists may not have even considered whether or not they could offer dermal fillers, or Botox, or both to their patients – but there is nothing stopping you from receiving the training and adding these procedures onto your roster. So how are the two techniques different, and why should dentists care?

Not many people are aware that Botox is actually a particular chemical, and not the physical procedure itself. The chemical is one of the most poisonous substances known to humankind, and when used in very small doses, can paralyse muscles and nerves within the human body. It is this paralyzing force that is used to smooth out the wrinkles and lines that naturally develop over time in patient’s faces. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are physically putting extra chemicals and substances underneath the skin in order to change the way that the body looks, instead of changing the body’s natural reactions. There are many different kinds of dermal fillers that can be chosen, and each have a slightly different effect on a patient.
Dentists may not train automatically in offering Botox and dermal fillers to their patients, but Dr Howard Katz believes that they should. His Dentox training course offers those skills to dentists in cities such as New York, and enable dentists to start to care more about the cosmetic appearance of their patients as well as the physical health. After all, dentists know that the look of their patient’s teeth can have more of an impact sometimes than their health. Why not give Botox and dermal filler training a try?

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