The Application of Botulinum Toxin in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
The application of botulinum toxin has seen tremendous growth in the past decade. From being a bacterial toxin and one of the most lethal food poisons known to mankind, and later exploited as a biological weapon, botulinum toxin is currently one of the most versatile pharmaceutical agents used in medicine. The toxin finds a plethora of clinical applications in the fields of ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The use of botulinum toxin in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery has been continuously evolving, for aesthetic and functional indications. However, a collective documentation of its varied applications is lacking. This book provides a compilation of the uses of botulinum toxin in maxillofacial and oral regions, covering basic aspects of the drug, including its origin, pharmacology and preparations, in detail. It also details the dermatological applications of botulinum toxin for cosmetology, as well as its varied therapeutic uses and its application in temporomandibular joint surgery, masseter muscle hypertrophy, bruxism, trismus, maxillofacial traumatology, salivary gland diseases, and facial palsy, among others. The book will appeal to head and neck surgeons, oral maxillofacial surgeons, ENT surgeons and dermatologists in particular, and general surgeons and dentists in general.
Dr Kumar Nilesh is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, India. He completed his BDS in 2005 at Manipal College of Dental Sciences, India, and his MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2008 at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India. He is the author of numerous national and international publications and textbooks in the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery and dentistry.
Dr Monica Patil completed her BDS at Mahatma Gandhi Missions Dental College, India, and her MDS in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dental Sciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, India. Her areas of interest include maxillofacial trauma, head and neck oncology, cleft lip and palate, maxillofacial pathology, minor oral surgery, and facial aesthetics.
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