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Journal of Oral Laser Applications

Year 2003
Volume 3 , Issue 3

Pages: 173 - 176

The Use of Laser Technology for Submandibular Calculosis: A Case Report

Rolando Crippa/Federica Calcagnile

Sialolithiasis (submandibular and sublingual) is somewhat routinely encountered in the dental practice, and its treatment is dependent on many variable factors. The aim of this case report is to show that salivary calculus can be removed more easily with a diode laser in comparison to traditional surgical and nonsurgical techniques (lithotripsy). Advantages include less intraoperative stress and less pain for patients, as well as clean cur, bloodless operating area, hemostatic properties, and no need for sutures. Within the last few years, many authors have suggested alternative methods to traditional surgery, some of which are not always effective in the extirpation of the calculus. The use of the laser diode is a new, minimally invasive device that can change the established treatment of human sialolithiasis.


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