Botox Article (June)
Botox for the Treatment of
TMJ, Migraines and Cosmetics
By Ashley P. Curington, DMD – North Atlanta Center for
Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, PC
Q: What is Botox?
A: Botox is a toxin derived from a bacterium, Clostridium
botulinum. The clinical usage of Botox is based on its ability to weaken the
muscles where it is injected.
Q: What are some of the conditions that Botox is used to
A: Botox has been used for 30 years for treating medical
conditions. It started with ophthalmologists in treating strabismus, and then
spread to urologists and finally neurologists. In 2013, the Georgia Board of
Dentistry began licensing dentists to use Botox. It has become the gold
standard for the treatment of chronic migraines and TMJ. It can also be used to treat facial
wrinkling for improved cosmetic appearance.
Q: How effective is Botox therapy in treating cosmetic
conditions, and how long does the effect last?
A: Botox is one of the most effective treatments for certain
cosmetic conditions. The key is the correct diagnosis, and recruitment of the
right patients for treatment. Variations in medication and the duration of
effects can be seen based on the site and dosage of injections. The beneficial
effect can be seen within a few days of injections, and the effects last
anywhere from 10 to 14 weeks. Treatment needs to be repeated every 12 to 16
weeks on average. As with any other treatment modalities, the beneficial
effects vary in patients, and their unique medical conditions.