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3 June 2002 Sulcular debridement with pulsed Nd:YAG
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Proceedings Volume 4610, Lasers in Dentistry VIII; (2002)
Event: International Symposium on Biomedical Optics, 2002, San Jose, CA, United States
We present data supporting the efficacy of the procedure, laser sulcular debridement (laser curettage), as an important component in the treatment of inflammatory periodontal disease. Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a detailed protocol for the private practice treatment of gum disease that incorporates use of the PerioLase pulsed Nd:YAG Dental Laser for laser curettage. Laser curettage is the removal of diseased or inflamed soft tissue from the periodontal pocket with a surgical dental laser. The clinical trial conducted at The University of Texas HSC at San Antonio, Texas, evaluated laser curettage as an adjunct to scaling and root planing. They measured traditional periodontal clinical indices and used a questionnaire to evaluate patient comfort and acceptance. The Texas data (N=10 patients) are compared with pocket depth changes following LANAP. LANAP data were obtained from a retrospective review of patient records at three private practices (N=65). No significant differences in post treatment probe depth changes were found among the four centers indicating that the procedure produced consistent, favorable outcomes, and that results from controlled scientific clinical trials can be replicated in private practices. Reduction in pocket depths following laser treatment compare well with results obtained with scalpel surgery. The use of the laser offers additional benefits. We also present quantitative evidence from digitized radiographs of increased bone density in affected areas following LANAP.
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David M. Harris, Robert H. Gregg II, Delwin K. McCarthy, Leigh E. Colby, and Lloyd V. Tilt "Sulcular debridement with pulsed Nd:YAG", Proc. SPIE 4610, Lasers in Dentistry VIII, (3 June 2002);

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