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Can CO2 Dental Lasers be used near implants?

Published peer-reviewed papers suggest that CO2 laser-assisted peri-implantitis treatment causes no thermal damage to implant surfaces, creates a far greater amount of reestablished bone to implant contact than non-laser assisted conventional peri-implantitis treatment [1] and therefore can be utilized for implant sterilization [2].

Other laser wavelengths cannot boast such positive results. For instance, some researchers found that erbium laser treatment of peri-implantitis was insufficient [3]. Several studies concluded that the use of Nd:YAG laser was not only ineffective, but unsafe for treatment of peri-implantitis, as it pits and melts the implant surface and causes thermal damage to the bone [4, 5, 6].

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The CO2 laser wavelength is the most efficient wavelength for soft tissue laser dentistry due to its unparalleled absorption by oral soft tissue.
Robert A. Convissar, DDS
New York, NY
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It is by far the best Laser I’ve ever used. Absolutely love how nice the handpiece feels in my hand. I highly recommend anyone looking for a laser to give the LightScalpel a try.
Jack Hahn, DDS
Designer of the Replace Implant and the Hahn Implant System, Past President and Diplomat of the American Board of Oral Implantology, Honored Fellow and Diplomat of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Fellow of the Academy of Osseointegration
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References
  1. Deppe H., Horch H.H., Henke J, et al. Peri-implant care of ailing implants with the carbon dioxide laser. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2001; 16:659-667.
  2. Stubinger S, Henke J, Donath K, et al. Bone regeneration after periimplant care with the CO2 laser: a fluorescence microscopy study. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 2005;20:203-210.
  3. Schwarz F, Bieling K, Nuesry E, et al. Clinical and histological healing pattern of peri-implantitis lesions following non-surgical treatment with an Er:YAG laser. Lasers Surg Med. 2006; 38:663-671.
  4. Block CM, Mayo JA, Evans GH. Effects of the Nd:YAG dental laser on plasma-sprayed and hydroxyapatite-coated titanium dental implants: surface alteration and attempted sterilization. Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants. 1992;7:441-449.
  5. Chu RT, Watanabe L, White JM, et al. Temperature rises and surface modification of lased titanium cylinders. J Dent Res.1992; 71(Abstract # 312):144.
  6. Walsh LJ. The use of lasers in implantology: an overview. J Oral Implantol. 1992;18:335-340.
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