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Dental board issues position on Botox, dermal fillers


During its April meeting last Friday, the Indiana State Board of Dentistry (ISBD) released a position statement on the use of Botox and other dermal fillers. 

The new ISBD position, while not enforceable by any existing state rule or statute, offers some clarification to increasing concerns among the dental community about the use of Botox and dermal fillers:

The Indiana Dental Practice Act does not prohibit the use of Botox and other dermal fillers administered by a dentist licensed in the state of Indiana. Dentists are limited to using these materials in the oral and maxillofacial area within the scope of dentistry. Dentists are further limited based by the specific education and training received for providing these services.

The American Dental Association’s Scope of Practice Statement supports a dentist’s administering “any procedure” for which they are qualified by “education, training and experience, and consistent with the laws of the state in which they are practicing.”

Neither the American Dental Association nor the Indiana Dental Association, however, has taken a specific position on Botox or dermal fillers.

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