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Using Diode Laser for Soft Tissue Incision of Oral Cavity

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Author(s): Reza Amid | Mahdi Kadkhodazadeh | Mohammadreza Talebi Ardakani | Somayeh Hemmatzadeh | Soheil Refoua | Parastoo Iranparvar | Anahita Shahi

Journal: Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences
ISSN 2008-9783

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 36;
Date: 2012;
Original page

ABSTRACT
 Introduction: The purpose of this case presentation is to analyze the results of vestibuleplasty around an over-denture based on dental implants to determine the evidence on the effectiveness of laser-assisted surgery root soft tissue management in implant dentistry. Materials & Methods: The patient in this case report was a 57 year- old male who was completely edentulous, with a mandibular over denture based on 4 standard implants suffering from pain on chewing, and a general discomfort, especially in anterior segment. He received a standard gingival augmentation surgery which failed to create sufficient vestibular depth. A laser-assisted vestibuloplasty was done to make the environment suitable for making a new overdenture. Results: There were statistically significant improvements in vestibular depth and peri implant soft tissue situation by laser. Also, bleeding during surgery was well controlled; the patient’s discomfort and pain were less than the first operation done with gingival graft. Conclusions: Based on our clinical data and review of the literature, it is necessary to develop an evidence-based approach to the use of lasers for the management of soft tissue in oral surgery. Simply, there is insufficient evidence to suggest that any specific wavelength of laser is superior to the traditional modalities of therapy. However, improved hemostasis and patient’s satisfaction can be considered as advantages of adjunctive laser therapy in some clinical situations like vestibuloplasty.
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