Botox & Dermal Filler Training for Ontario Dentists

Many dentists have inquired to see if Botox and Dermal Fillers have been approved for dentists in Ontario. Since 2008, we are pleased to be offering botulinum toxin (aka “Botox) and dermal filler courses and training specifically for Ontario dentists.

Has the RCDSO approved Botox & Fillers for Ontario dentists?

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has approved the use of botulinum toxin for therapeutic purposes, as well as dermal fillers for lip enhancement.

Members who wish to use botulinum toxin and dermal fillers may do so, but only for procedures that are within the scope of practice of dentistry. Members may inject botulinum toxin and/or dermal fillers intra-orally for either therapeutic or cosmetic purposes, or botulinum toxin extra-orally for therapeutic purposes, but in either case only if they are appropriately trained and competent to perform the procedures. It is not within the scope of practice of dentistry and members are not authorized in Ontario to inject botulinum toxin or dermal fillers extra-orally for cosmetic purposes.€

References: RCDSO Dispatch_2013_v27_no4 – page 31

Do the courses at PTIFA meet the requirements of the RCDSO?

Yes, upon completion of the online Level 1 and the hands-on Level 2 course, your training will exceed the training requirements outlined by the RCDSO. PTIFA’s courses are accredited to the highest Standard of Practice for injectables in Canada and North America.

The courses at PTIFA cover, and are not limited to, the following:

  • pharmacology of these substances;
  • physiological activity of these substances;
  • diagnosis of relevant conditions;
  • indications for the use of these substances, as well as other first-line treatment modalities;
  • contraindications for the use of these substances;
  • related head and neck anatomy;
  • adverse reactions and their management;
  • include a hands-on clinical or clinical simulation component with formal evaluation;
  • promote the critical evaluation of research and literature on related topics

The courses offered through PTIFA qualify for “Category 2” courses through the RCDSO. Additionally, PTIFA’s courses are formally recognized by ADA CERP, AGD PACE.

What Courses Do I Take?

Ontario dentists will need to begin by completing the following introductory online course:

  • Level 1 online – Advanced Anatomy & Intro to Botulinum Toxin (20 CE). This course provides an excellent introduction on how to incorporate botulinum toxin and dermal fillers into a dental practice. Level 1 provides over 20 hours of advanced anatomy learning and a comprehensive 300+ question exam. The content can be shared with your team at no extra charge – excellent for getting your entire team on board. This course is a prerequisite for Levels 2 through 5.

Each of the following courses provides an online didactic component (8 hours + exam) followed by an extensive clinical practicum (15+ hours).

Should dentists attend the hands-on practicum in Ontario, the hands-on will be focused and taught on the areas recognized by the RCDSO as within the scope of practice. Dentists may have the opportunity to observe over the shoulder a licensed practitioner providing treatment in other areas (ie: botulinum toxin or dermal fillers treated extra-orally for cosmetic purposes).

Upcoming Hands-on Course Dates

PTIFA holds monthly courses in Vancouver, BC. Courses are either held at the office of Dr. Roberts or on campus at the University of British Columbia. For a full list of Canadian courses dates, click here.