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