Giovanni Mauro


Giovanni Mauro
MD, DDS, M. Sc, Professor

University of Parma, Italy


Dr. Mauro received a Degree in Medicine and Surgery, Diploma of Stomatology from Nancy University, and a specialization in Odontostomatology. He is certified from the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP) and Diplomate Expert and Consultant in Aesthetic Medicine at International School of Aesthetic Medicine Agorà. He also earned a Master of Science in Aesthetic Medicine.

Dr. Mauro is a visiting professor and scientific director of Master in Oral and Perioral Aesthetics at University of Parma, Italy. He is author and co-author of several scientific publications and book chapters and reviewer in peer-rewiewed journals. He has been a guest speaker at international conferences on Orofacial Pain and Aesthetics. He maintains an exclusive private practice in prosthetic rehabilitation and aesthetic medicine in Mantua and Verona (Italy). He is Past President of the European Academy of Craniomandibular Disorders.


Title 1: The Use of Botox in Bruxism

Abstract 1: Bruxism can be defined as a repetitive masticatory muscle activity (RMMA) characterized by clenching or grinding of the teeth and/or by bracing or thrusting of the mandible. It can occur during wakefulness (awake bruxism) or sleep (sleep bruxism). It is believed that the former is associated with other motor disorders, or with psychosocial factors and it is reported in 22.1 to 31% of the population. The latter is considered to be part of sleep arousal phenomena with a prevalence of 7.4% in the adult population. This lecture wishes to address the possible use of botulinum toxin (BoNT-A) injections in the management of bruxism. Available literature, techniques, pro, and cons will be evaluated, and clinical suggestions will be provided.


Title 2: Risks and Pitfalls when Using Botox for Pain Patients

Abstract 2: Botox has a large margin of safety. In therapeutic applications, complications are mostly local and relatively mild. Nevertheless, being a potent neurotoxin, side effects, risks and pitfalls must be considered in its clinical use. The lecture will present an overview of the biochemistry of the toxin and a discussion about possible risks linked with the use of botulinum for pain patients. Immunogenicity, allergy, local and systemic side effects will be discussed, and clinical indications to avoid some pitfall will be suggested.