We’d like to introduce Associate Dentist, Dr Kareem Mohamed, who recently joined our Bristol dental practice. As well as being an experienced dentist with a background in oral and maxillofacial surgery for treating complex dental issues, Kareem is highly skilled in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics. He is also a clinical teaching fellow at Bristol Dental Hospital.
Kareem qualified from Manchester University in 2012, and has since worked in both NHS and private dental practices. After gravitating towards oral and maxillofacial surgery, treating complex dental cases and medical conditions related to the mouth, teeth, jaws, and face, this naturally led him into facial aesthetics.
Kareem’s focus is providing safe and effective treatments for patients, for helping with oral health as well as for enhancing looks and giving balance to the face.
As a clinical teaching fellow at Bristol Dental Hospital, Kareem enjoys supporting students with their own journey, while this also gives him the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest research.
We asked Kareem about how facial aesthetics can compliment dental treatments.
What led you to specialising in facial aesthetics?
“I started doing it in 2019. I wanted to try something different; facial aesthetics is much more hands-on, particularly compared to the surgical side of dentistry.
“Facial aesthetics focuses on the structure of the face, so it builds on my oral and maxillofacial and dentistry training. Medical training for doctors means that they either become very specialised or stay general, whereas dentists thoroughly understand head and neck anatomy. This improves results but also reduces the risk of complications.
“Another reason that I believe that dentists are better suited to facial aesthetics – and I’m a bit biased here – is because I feel dentists have a better eye for detail. We are used to looking at intricate details, almost at the macro level, and making fine adjustments or enhancements.”
Can facial aesthetics treatments also address dental issues?
“For reducing wrinkles, botulinum toxin is a highly effective treatment. I treat the dynamic wrinkles in the upper third of the face, such as the crow’s feet and frown lines. I also can treat gummy smiles and a wide jaw, as well as the lip flip procedure, which fits very much into my skill set.
“Using Muscle Relaxing Injections to treat overdeveloped masseter muscles has both a functional and aesthetic application. Injecting botulinum toxin relaxes the muscle and can alleviate TMJ and bruxism or teeth grinding. However, there is also a cosmetic benefit as it can slim the lower third of the face and reduce a jaw that is too wide.”
Why choose a dentist for facial aesthetics treatments?
“I use gold-standard products such as Restylane dermal fillers and only offer patients treatments that I know are safe and effective. My background and training mean avoiding the latest fad or new trend. I will wait until the treatment has enough of an evidence base in terms of safety and results before I start to offer it.”
You can find out more about Kareem, as well as the rest of the CK Dental team on our Team page.
If you would like to book an appointment at our Clifton dental practice, please call us on 0117 472 1600.