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Clinical uses of botulinum toxin A in smile aesthetic modification

BDJ volume 225, pages 502506 (28 September 2018) | Download Citation

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In this article we review the pharmacodynamics of commercially available preparations of botulinum toxin type A, and discuss the potential uses of the drug in smile modification. A major emphasis is placed on applications relevant to modern dental practice, and to the complications arising from its use. Botulinum toxin A, when applied correctly, is a safe and effective means of achieving aesthetic smile modification, with limited data on any demonstrable long-term adverse effects.

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  • Provides information regarding a drug that is increasingly used by dental practitioners worldwide.

  • Provides education on alternative options for correction or camouflage of dentofacial aesthetics of the lower face.

  • Summarises the available case reports and research articles on use of botulinum toxin for lower facial and smile aesthetics, a major component of modern dental practice.

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  1. Lead Registrar, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne 720 Swanston St, Carlton Australia, 3,053 E

    • S. N. Delpachitra
  2. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Resident The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne 720 Swanston St, Carlton Australia, 3,053 E

    • A. W. Sklavos
  3. Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, The Royal Melbourne Hospital 300 Grattan Street, Parkville Australia 3050

    • M. Dastaran

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https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2018.755