The Doctor of Dental Medicine or Dental Surgery is not merely a barber surgeon.
The dentist possesses an intimate knowledge of head and neck anatomy, disease processes and craniofacial conditions. We have surgical experience that surpasses many other health care professionals. Administration of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers for aesthetic or therapeutic procedures of the head and neck is a natural extension of the dentist’s skill set. Facial aesthetics involves looking beyond the enamel and gingiva and addressing the tissues that frame a smile.
1. A review of the dentist’s existing knowledge of head and neck anatomy to illustrate why we are the logical choice as a clinician to address facial aesthetics.
2. A discussion of physical changes that occur to the hard and soft tissues of the head and neck over time.
3. An introduction to common oral medicine therapies and aesthetic applications of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers.
Bio: Dr. Hess is a graduate of the University of Alberta and completed his DDS degree from the University of Washington in 1994. He is an Affiliate Instructor in Restorative Dentistry, Affiliate Faculty in Oral Medicine and the Director of the Tucker Institute at the UW School of Dentistry. He currently lectures on implant failures due to restorative techniques, zirconia restorations as well as facial aesthetics including the topics of Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. He has a solo general practice and shares a practice, reStōr Dental Implant Center, that focuses on more fixed removable prosthetic procedures with Dr. Keith Phillips in Auburn, WA.
Dr. Hess has been published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, IJOMI, CJRDP, Decisions in Dentistry and Operative Dentistry. He has presented at the ADA Annual Meeting, the AGD Annual Meeting, Pacific Northwest Dental Conference, International Academy of Gnathology, Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics and the Canadian Academy of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.
He is a Past-President of the Seattle-King County Dental Society. Dr. Hess is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists, Pierre Fauchard Academy and has received his Life Long Service Recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry.
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