Laser Phototherapy in Dentistry
Low level laser therapy has a range of useful applications for the dental and maxillofacial surgeon.
It can reduce post operative oedema and pain, and so the need for analgesics. Soft tissue lesions such as apthous ulcers and denture sores are ameliorated or resolved by photobiomodulation and herpes simplex lesions which are similarly treatable have also been shown to have their recurrence frequency reduced after treatment.
Photobiomodulation has also been demonstrated to improve bone formation, speed up implant integration and reduce the probability of dry socket. Production of secondary dentin in deep restorative situations is promoted by laser phototherapy and it can help with dentine hypersensitivity and reduce Pulp Hyperarmia.
Laser therapy can aid return of sensation after traumatic damage or severing of a nerve and is helpful for treatment of both trigeminal and post herpetic neuralgia.
All relevant Omega equipment has autoclavable tips or bezels.
Recommended Package for Dental Surgeons
- Xp Control Unit
(or Xp Clinic)
- Single Infra-red Laser
- Single Red-light Laser
- Small Multiwavelength Cluster
- Dental Tip
- Point Finder Kit
- 2 Pairs of Protective Glasses
(On-site for mainland UK)
"...dentists can expect to obtain better clinical results in their treatments or at least less clinical failure when LLLT is added to the conventional treatment by improving patient capability of wound healing. Use of LLLT provides better clinical outcomes, better acceptance by patients, and better professional recognition."
Some Relevant Research
Anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of low-level laser therapy on the postoperative healing process
...Low-level laser therapy (660 nm), at the dosimetry used in this study, was effective in reducing postoperative pain and swelling following oral surgery.
Does low level laser therapy relieve the pain caused by the placement of the orthodontic separators?--A meta-analysis
The effect of low level laser irradiation on implant-tissue interaction. In vivo and in vitro studies
...The use of LLLT at the range of doses between 1.5 and 3 J/cm2 may modulate the activity of cells interacting with an implant, thereby enhancing tissue healing and ultimate implant success.
Laser therapy accelerates initial attachment and subsequent behaviour of human oral fibroblasts cultured on titanium implant material...
...It is concluded that in vitro LLLT enhances the attachment and proliferation of HGF on titanium implant material.
Low-level laser therapy for implants without initial stability
...CONCLUSION: In this study, low-level laser therapy promoted the osseointegration of implants with poor initial stability, particularly in the initial stages of bone healing.
Low-level laser therapy stimulates bone-implant interaction: an experimental study...
...These findings suggest that LLLT might have a favourable effect on healing and attachment of titanium implants.