BOTULINUM TOXIN IN DENTISTRY- A DEADLY POISON TO A REMARKABLY RESOURCEFUL THERAPEUTIC AGENT
Dr. Jatin Gupta, Dr. Kanupriya Gupta*, and Dr. Rahul Agarwal
Within the last 100 years, the perception of Botulinum neurotoxin (BTX) has evolved from that of a poison to a versatile clinical agent with various uses. BTX plays a key role in the management of many orofacial and dental disorders. Its indications are rapidly expanding, with ongoing trials for further applications. Over the past two decades the cosmetic and non - cosmetic uses of Botulinum toxin in the orofacial region has gained wide popularity. However, despite its clinical use, what BTX specifically does in each condition is still not clear. The main aim of this review is to describe some of the unclear aspects of this potentially useful agent, with a focus on the current research in dentistry.
Keywords: Botulinum toxin; bruxism; trigeminal neuralgia; orofacial pain.
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