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Lasers in periodontology

Lookup NU author(s): Michail Mavrogiannis, Professor Mark Thomason, Emeritus Professor Robin Seymour


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Since the development of the ruby laser by Maiman in 1960, lasers have been widely employed in medicine for a number of years. The purpose of this paper is to summarize potential applications for lasers in dentistry, with special regard to periodontology. This article briefly describes clinical applications of lasers and laser safety. Particularly, the use of a diode laser seems to be promising, especially in already compromised transplant patients, who need to be treated with a technique where the operative and post-operative blood loss, post-operative discomfort and the recurrence of drug-induced gingival overgrowth need to be kept to a minimum or eliminated. Therefore, the use of lasers in periodontology may lead to an alteration in present clinical practice and help to establish the best management strategy because, by maintaining periodontal health, the life quality of patients can be improved.

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Author(s): Mavrogiannis M, Thomason JM, Seymour RA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dental Update

Year: 2004

Volume: 31

Issue: 9

Pages: 535-538, 541-542, 545-547

ISSN (print): 0305-5000

Publisher: George Warman Publications Ltd.