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J Periodontol. 2013 Feb;84(2):152-8. doi: 10.1902/jop.2012.110660. Epub 2012 Apr 23.

The effect of an 810-nm diode laser on postoperative pain and tissue response after modified Widman flap surgery: a pilot study in humans.

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Department of Periodontology, International University of Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. javisanz79@-hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this single-masked pilot clinical study is to compare the tissue response and postoperative pain after the use of a diode laser (810 nm) (DL) as an adjunct to modified Widman flap (MWF) surgery to that of MWF alone.

METHODS:

Thirteen patients with generalized severe chronic periodontitis completed the study. Control sites were randomly selected to receive an MWF and the contralateral test sites an MWF in conjunction with a DL. The study tooth/site was treated plus any additional teeth in the quadrant in which the site was located, if needed. Randomization was done using a coin flip. The DL was used to de-epithelialize the inner part of the periodontal flap and photo-biostimulate the surgical area. Pain scale assessment (PS), pain medication consumption (PM), tissue edema (TE), and tissue color (TC) were evaluated 1 week after surgery.

RESULTS:

Statistically significant differences were seen for TE (P = 0.041), PM (P <0.001), and PS (P <0.001) favoring test sites. TC did not show a statistically significant difference (P = 0.9766). Patients rated the first surgical treatment (test or control; random assignment to first treatment) performed as more painful than the second (P <0.002).

CONCLUSION:

The use of an 810-nm diode laser provided additional benefits to MWF surgery in terms of less edema and postoperative pain.

PMID:
22524327
DOI:
10.1902/jop.2012.110660
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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