Masseter Botulinum Toxin (Jaw Botulinum Toxin Application)
Botulinum neurotoxin is a toxin produced by the anaerobic Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It takes its name from the first syllables of botulinum toxin and is used today both for therapeutic purposes and in the field of cosmetics. There are 7 serotypes of botulinum toxin. The most commonly used type is toxin A. When the toxin is injected into the muscles, it affects the nerve cells and creates partial and temporary paralysis, thus preventing the muscle from contracting too much.
There are botulinum toxins in the market, including type A and type B, under various names. Each preparation is prepared individually and cannot be mixed with each other.
Today, botulinum toxin injection treatment has also found wide use in the field of dentistry. Botulinum toxin, which started to be applied in the perioral region for therapeutic purposes, is used in various areas such as temporomandibular joint disorders, bruxism, visible gingiva, masseter hypertrophy, salivary gland problems. In this way, it has gained importance as an alternative treatment method that dentists have recently focused on, due to its advantages such as supporting other treatment methods and being a safe and effective treatment option.
Sound and pain in the jaw joint