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The Journal of Oral Laser Applications

Edited by Prof Dr Andreas Moritz and Prof G. Lynn Powell

Official publication of the European Society for Oral Laser Applications

ISSN (print) 1473-7809 • ISSN (online) 1867-5611

Spring 2007
Volume 7 , Issue 1

Pages: 55-64
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Use of GaAIAs Laser in the Treatment of Necrotizing Ulcerative Periodontitis in Patients Seropositive for HIV/AIDS

Giovani, Elcio M. / Martins, Rosemary B. / Melo, Jose J. / Tortamano, Nicolau

Purpose: To verify the efficacy of low level laser application, GaAlAs, in oral manifestations of Necrotizing Ulcerative Periodontitis (NUP) in HIV seropositive patients. The initial aim was to reduce the use of systemic analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications. Materials and Methods: Fourteen HIV-positive patients with NUP were divided into two groups as follows: Group A, control: no laser but conventional periodontal treatment. Group B, laser: conventional periodontal treatment with reduced systemic medications plus therapeutic laser application. Results: The patients from group B exhibited better results in terms of pain control and tissue recovery when compared with patients from group A. Conclusion: Laser application resulted in better pain relief and tissue healing, and it is recommended that it be included in the clinical treatment of NUP.

Keywords: oral manifestations, HIV/AIDS patients, low level laser therapy, medication therapy

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