Study Shows that Laser Treatments Can Help with Dental Problems

By John Sarno DMD | Dental Treatments

Nov 05

Researchers have developed computer simulations showing how lasers attack oral bacterial colonies, is recommended that benefits of using lasers in oral debridement include killing bacteria and promoting better dental health.

In a study published in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine , health researchers depict the results of simulations depicting various laser wavelengths aimed at virtual bacterial colonies buried in gum tissue. In humans, actual bacterial colonies can cause gingivitis or gum inflammation. Gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease, which involves a more serious infection that breaks down the bones and tissues that support teeth.

” The newspaper confirms or confirms the use of lasers to kill bacteria and contribute to better health following periodontal treatments ,” said co-author Lou Reinisch, Ph.D ., associate provost for academic affairs at New York Institute of Technology.

Drawing on his background in physics, optics, and calculus, Reinisch, an expert in laser surgery and an associate editor of the journal, created mathematical modelings based on optical the special characteristics of gum tissues and bacteria. He then produced simulations of three different types of lasers commonly used in dentistry and their impacts on two types of bacterial colonies of various types of sizings and depths within the gum models.

” One of the questions we asked is how deep could the bacteria be and still be affected by the laser illuminate ,” said Reinisch. The simulations indicate that 810 nm diode lasers when setting to short pulsations and moderate energy degrees, can kill bacteria hid 3 mm deep in the soft tissue of the gums. The 1064 nm Nd: YAG laser is also effective with similar penetration depth. Both lasers spare the healthy tissue with the simulations presenting minimal heating of the surrounding tissue. Minimizing the thermal damage have contributed to faster healing, says Reinisch.

” The findings are important because it opens up the possibility of tweaking the wavelength, power, and pulse duration to be the most effective for killing bacteria ,” Reinisch says.” The doctors will look at this and tell,’ I ascertain there is a possible benefit for my patients in using the laser .'”

” The analyse reveals what’s going on in the tissue, so I hope that we’re training the medical professionals by demonstrating that you can do a good job of killing bacteria with certain lasers ,” says co-author David Harris, Ph.D ., administrator of Bio-Medical Consultants, Inc ., which specializes in medical laser product development.” When you do this therapy, you remove an infection and allow tissue to regenerate. Getting rid of the infection means the tissue can mend without interference .”

The cost of dental lasers can range from $5,000 to over $100,000, according to Reinisch, and health care professionals require extra training to use them. These expenses are passed on to the patient so Reinisch notes there must be a definite benefit for the patient to justify these costs.

Harris noted that the Academy of Laser Dentistry is forecast that at least 25% of US dental offices have dental laser capability for periodontal therapy as outlined in the paper, along with a host of other soft tissue surgical procedures and hard tissue procedures like removal of dental decay.

Harris said the video simulations demonstrate what happens when lasers made buried bacterial colonies.

” This is a great way to present to the doctor esoteric scientific findings in a clinically meaningful format ,” he said.” The model is a great tool for stimulating predictions of what can happen in the tissue. Our analyze corroborates its apply as a behavior to determine the best available laser parameters to use clinically .”

In a first for the journal, the published makes include video depictions of the computer simulations. The journal readers can actually ascertain the soft tissue of the virtual gums and bacteria hot up and cool down as the simulated laser is scanned over the tissue.

The study’s methodology of simulating how laser illuminate interacts with tissue have implications beyond dentistry; medical doctors and surgeons use lasers in various treatments, including vocal cord procedures and dermatological treatments, including those for toenail fungus.

Guided by the results presented in this study, both Reinisch and Harris expressed his belief that clinical trials will be designed to validate the findings.


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I am a native Floridian, grew up in Jupiter, Florida I graduated from the University of Florida College of Dentistry where I received my DMD degree in 2010.