The purpose of this study was to assess possible alterations in titanium implants in vitro & in vivo by use of the 10.6 micrometers CO2 laser & to determine whether new bone formation can occur on previously contaminated implants. In vitro, temperature changes at the bone–titanium implant interface were recorded during use of a CO2 laser. The results support the hypothesis that peri-implant defects can be treated successfully by 10.6 micrometer laser.
Deppe H, Horch HH, Henke J, Donath K. Peri-implant care of ailing implants with the carbon dioxide laser. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 2001; 16:659-667.
Image shows a case of Perio-Implantitis pre-treatment – (Image Courtesy of Aegis/Inside Dentistry http://www.dentalaegis.com/id/)