CDA is aware of a letter that has been posted on Facebook and circulated among members suggesting that a recent Dental Board of California disciplinary action, initiated against a dentist who does not hold the required permit for the cosmetic use of Botox and derma fillers, is actually a broad prohibition on cosmetic dental procedures. This is not true and the alarm it is generating is unwarranted.
The action by the Dental Board of California is specifically related to the cosmetic use of Botox and derma fillers as defined and limited by Business and Professions Code Section 1638.1; it does not extend to any other general dental procedures that may be cosmetic in nature.
CDA is urging the Dental Board of California to release its own clarification on this matter, but we want to reassure our members and correct this misinformation immediately. CDA recently provided information on the Dental Board's enforcement of the Business and Professions Code Section 1638.1, which stipulates that only an appropriately permitted oral and maxillofacial surgeon can use products such as Botox and derma fillers for facial cosmetic procedures, in the May Update and on cda.org.
CDA is here to answer any questions you may have about this issue and the appropriate use of Botox and derma fillers. Please contact Practice Analyst Teresa Pichay at 916.554.5990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.