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Journal of Oral Laser Applications

Year 2003
Volume 3 , Issue 4

Pages: 261 - 263

Nd:YAG in Periodontics: Full-mouth Treatment

Beatruhs Deruyter

Purpose: The goal of treatment was to create a functional, cosmetically acceptable, healthy dentition and to try to prevent tooth loss in a long-term periodontic patient. Materials and Methods: A Nd:YAG laser (EL.EN laser) with 1064 nm wavelength and very short pulses was used. The delivery system was a 300-Ám fiber. The laser was set at 1 to 1.5 W and 10 to 15 Hz. The periodontal pathogens and infected epithelium of the pockets were removed, so that re-attachment of the epithelium was possible. Results: After 12 years of regular treatment with Nd:YAG laser for severe chronic periodontitis, this patient shows a reasonable dentition. Hardly any loss of teeth or gingival vertical dimension was observed. Conclusion: Very short pulsed Nd:YAG laser is a valuable tool for treating periodontal cases in a patient-friendly way.


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