Botox (BTX) is a protein extracted from bacterium Clostridium and dermal fillers (DFS) are injectable soft tissue. Both of them are widely used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes.
- To assess and evaluate the opinion of dentists in Saudi Arabia regarding the use BTX &DFs in dentistry.
- To determine if training is crucial to dentists before usingBTX and DFs or not.
This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in Saudi Arabia in 2017. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed randomly to dentists. The respondent will answer 3 main parts: 1-Demographic data and education level (age, gender, type of practice, year and country of bachelor degree and any other degree and dental specialty) 2-Opinion of the respondent of who should practice BTX and DF injections and what is the most acceptable type of training in this field. 3- The respondent experience regarding these procedures. Data analysis was done using SPSS. Atotal of 200 responses were gathered after exclusion. Their age ranged from 25to 61 years old with male: female ratio 1:1.
Among participants, 57% are working in governmental practice and 43% in private. The dentists who support dentists using BTX and DFs were 71% . Only 38 out of 200 received Botox ordermal fillers training. 12% used them for cosmetic purposes and they are using it for facial wrinkles, facial augmentation, and scars. 10.5% used them for functional therapy and they are using it for TMJ, trismus, clenching, gummy smile and deepening the sulcus.
It can be concluded that dentists can use Botox and dental fillers only if they are trained.