Botox Article (June)

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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 treat?

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.

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