13 April 2010

    Q. Is the use of botulinum toxin really the practise of dentistry?

    The treatment of lines and wrinkles in the face is offered by a significant number of
    dentists as an elective cosmetic procedure. Dentists, by virtue of their training and
    experience of the anatomy and physiology of the face, their understanding of the
    consent process, their standards of infection control, their ability to recognise and
    treat medical emergencies and their facilities and staff backup generally, are ideally
    placed to deliver this treatment.

    The GDC has recognised that these treatments are within the scope of practice of a
    dentist provided they are appropriately trained, competent and properly indemnified.
    DPL is committed to supporting the right of properly trained, competent dentists to
    offer this treatment both electively and as an adjunct to their dental treatment.

    Since 1 April 2010 Dental Protection can offer up to ten hours a week indemnity for such procedures, subject to certain conditions, within the standard membership fee for UK dentists who are more than four-years qualified.

    You can find Dental Protection's position statement on cosmetic and adjunctive procedures here

    Dental Protection Limited (registered in England No. 2374160) is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Medical Protection Society Limited (MPS) which is registered in England (No.36142). Both companies have their registered office at 33 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0PS.


    Dental Protection Limited serves and supports the dental members of MPS, with access to the full range of benefits of membership which are all discretionary and set out in MPS’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. MPS is not an insurance company.


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