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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 LightScalpel 10,600 nanometer laser has become an indispensable piece of my armamentarium in my implant and reconstructive dental practice. The use of electrosurgical devices and diodes seems antiquated as I looked for faster healing, less post-operative discomfort and minimally invasive treatment for my patients. The use of the CO2 laser has not only helped me add procedures to my reconstructive palate but has become a tool I can’t practice without. From laser assisted minimal flap crown lengthening to implant un-covery or peri-implantitiis treatments, the LightScalpel laser has become a value added device. Marketing an advanced specially accurate photo-thermal ablation tool highlights and differentiates a state-of-the art practice from those that are using lesser technologies.
Richard B. Winter, DDS
Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentists and International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry International, and the International College of Dentists
Listed as one of Dentistry Today’s 19th Annual leaders in C.E.
Milwaukee, WI
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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
Cincinnati, OH
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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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