Should You Have Dermal Fillers Done Before Or After Dental Work?

Nowadays, you can have both dermal fillers and dental work carried out by a dentist, and often at the same clinic. Together, dermal fillers and dental work can improve your facial esthetics considerably. But you might be wondering if it's best to have dermal fillers before or after dental work.

You can have dermal filler injections both before and after dental work. But in both cases, you should wait a while before proceeding with the treatment.

Have dermal fillers done a few weeks after dental work

If you have had some recent dental work done, then wait a few weeks before having dermal fillers. It's a good idea to wait a while because the wounds in your mouth need to heal. If you proceed with dermal filler injections too soon after dental work, especially surgical dental work, you could interfere with the wound healing process.

Another important reason to wait at least a few weeks after dental work is that bacteria can spread. Dental work that involves the use of local anesthetic with a needle can open the way for bacteria to enter the area. And these bacteria can affect your dermal fillers too by causing an infection in the area.  

Have dermal fillers done a few weeks before dental work

If you choose to have dermal fillers placed before dental work, then remember to wait a while at least before having any dental work carried out. Because dental work requires that your dentist move your lips and cheeks among other things, there is a possibility that your dentist might disturb your dermal fillers. This could have a negative impact on your appearance.

And, just as with having fillers after dental work, the needle from a local anesthetic can introduce bacteria into the area where the fillers were placed. To avoid infection, follow your dentist's instructions.

Never delay emergency dental care, even right after dermal fillers

If you need to have an emergency dental procedure carried out soon after dermal fillers, such as a root canal or emergency tooth extraction, don't delay the treatment. This may only make the problem worse. And if the emergency is a dental infection, the infection could spread to the area of the dermal fillers.

Instead of delaying treatment, tell your dentist you recently had dermal filler injections. Your dentist can then take care as they treat your dental emergency.

If you plan to have dermal filler injections to improve your appearance, remember these tips. As long as you keep both dental work and dermal fillers about a few weeks apart, you can avoid disturbing your dental work or dermal fillers.

Reach out to a dentist near you for more information.