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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-13

Lasers and implant dentistry: An update

1 Department of Periodontology, Sharavathi Dental College and Hospital, Shivamogga, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Vokkaligara Sangha Dental College & Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Prosthodontics, A. J. Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Al Zulfi, Majmaah University, Saudi Arabia
5 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, A. J. Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
6 Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, MAHSA University, Jenjarom, Malaysia

Date of Submission12-Feb-2020
Date of Acceptance16-Feb-2020
Date of Web Publication20-Mar-2020

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Bharathi Poojary
Department of Periodontology, Sharavathi Dental College and Hospital, NH 206, Alkola, T. H. Road, Shivamogga 577204, Karnataka.
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DOI: 10.4103/INJO.INJO_5_20

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Lasers have various advantages as compared to the conventional techniques in the field of implant dentistry. The use of laser in any field, including implant dentistry, leads to a better clinical experience and better results as compared to the conventional implant dentistry from a patient’s perspective as well. In this article, we have made an attempt to briefly discuss the use of the lasers in the field of implant dentistry.

Keywords: Implant dentistry, laser, low-level laser, therapy, photobiomodulation

How to cite this article:
Poojary B, Raj B, Upadhya M, Kumari V, Muralikrishna B, Thomas B. Lasers and implant dentistry: An update. Int J Oral Care Res 2020;8:11-3

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Poojary B, Raj B, Upadhya M, Kumari V, Muralikrishna B, Thomas B. Lasers and implant dentistry: An update. Int J Oral Care Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Dec 5];8:11-3. Available from: https://www.ijocr.org/text.asp?2020/8/1/11/281143

  Introduction Top

Lasers are acronym, which stands for light amplification of stimulated emission radiation. They are focused light beams that can be used to alter or remove tissue in small amounts. In the field of dentistry, laser can be used for various surgical and nonsurgical procedures. Dentists are choosing to use dental lasers as it is possible to successfully treat many common dental conditions in a gentle, minimally invasive way. The neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) (1064nm), one of the first dental lasers, offered advantages of soft-tissue ablation, hemostasis, and bacterial control.[1] Research conducted by various authors into the use of this laser drew conclusions that penetrating and high peak heat energy produced transmission of heat to the bone from the heated implant surface, potential for pitting and melting, and the porosity of the implant surface. The implant material, titanium as a metal, shows reflectivity to incident light energy, which is lowest in the range 780–900nm, rising as the wavelength increases toward 10,600nm. In such scenarios, the use of the carbon dioxide (CO2) wavelength minimizes the risk of resultant temperature-induced tissue damage.[1],[2],[3] The erbium family of lasers is similar to the CO2 wavelength in some respects. According to the results of study conducted by Chryssikopoulos,[4] erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser showed precise cuts in the oral mucosa by dry ablation using small diameter tips and pulse repetitions of 8–10 Hz, thus warranting its use during soft-tissue procedures. However, hemostatic capability of the erbium family of lasers is lesser unlike CO2 or Nd:YAG.[4] The diode wavelength group, deliver in low-power CW values (1–2 W average power), causes minimal damage to the implant[5] or surrounding bone[6],[7] and could be regarded as the instrument of choice for osseous procedures.

The clinical application of lasers can be broadly categorized into two modalities: nonsurgical use (laser-welded titanium framework technology, laser micropatterning of dental implants, computer-assisted laser-cured surgical template, and laser-oriented recording on dental prostheses) and surgical use (removal of granulation tissue, miomodulation, implant placement, second-stage recovery and gingival management, treatment of peri-implantitis, and low-level laser therapy [LLLT]).

  Laser-welded Titanium Framework Technology Top

Laser-welded technology can be considered as an alternative to the conventional lost wax-casting technique in the field of implant dentistry. The titanium has various properties that are advantageous for its use in bar superstructures.[8],[9] In addition, the laser energy allows for a much stronger, passively fitting superstructure.[8],[9] Evidence reported that titanium frameworks compared favorably with cast-alloy frameworks with no statistical significance in implant loss, framework fractures, component fit, or margin bone loss.[8] According to the results of study conducted by Ortorp et al.,[10] success of laser-welded titanium frameworks parallels cast-alloy frameworks. Jackson[11] reported a favorable application of laser-welded titanium frameworks in the treatment of three totally edentulous patients but he pointed out prosthetic veneer fracture from the superstructure as a possible complication, stressing on the need for a disciplined, predictable approach to the fabrication of such superstructures.

  Laser Micropatterning of Dental Implants Top

Laser peening is a form of cold working, produces a surface with refined grain structures, compressive residual stresses, and increased hardness in metallic materials.[12],[13] It is performed using precision laser micromachining (excimers or Nd:YAG laser) on implant surface, which creates a controlled surface roughness and has shown to stimulate bone growth at the surface. Evidence suggests that laser peening can achieve more significant surface enhancement than grit blasting.[14]

  Computer‑aided Laser-cured Surgical Template Top

Surgical guides in the placement of implants provide more accuracy than freehand placement.[15] Rapid prototyping techniques allow in the production of physical models on the basis of virtual computational models. The various rapid prototyping technologies that are currently in use are stereolithography (SLA), inkjet‑based system (three-dimensional printing), selective laser sintering (SLS), and fused deposition modeling, of which the SLA uses an ultraviolet laser to “laser cure” cross sections of a liquid resin. SLS models are opaque as compared to SLA models that are translucent.[16] Fabrication of surgical templates using SLA has been proven to benefit from high precision by several well‑documented researches.[17]

  Removal of Granulation Top

Lasers are used for the removal of granulation tissue and disinfection of the surgical area after extraction. Erbium lasers can be used for this purpose. Due to significant differences in water content, the erbium laser can be used to only remove soft tissue by setting the parameters correctly (energy density and pulse duration). The thermal side effects on the bone are lesser with these type of lasers,[4] and they also increase the comfort to the patient while disinfecting the surface,[18] as no force is applied, unlike with curettes. The lasers allow for safe cleaning of very fragile bone due to their noncontact or pseudo-contact mode.[19]

  Implant Placement Top

The hard-tissue lasers such as Er:YAG can be used to obtain the initial bed for implant placement rather than using micromotor. A laser removes the soft tissue and the cortical plate of bone in a circular pattern to approximately 2–3mm. The remainder of the osteotomy site can be prepared using a handpiece drill. The laser offers the advantages such as quick healing time, fast integration, minimal patient discomfort, and superior bone‑to‑implant contact; it eliminates the need for trauma during flap elevation and suture placement.[18] However, the entire osteotomy site cannot be prepared using lasers.

  Uncovering Implants in the Second Stage Top

The different wavelengths of laser can be used to uncover implants in stage-II implant surgery.[19] The most commonly used lasers in this case are the CO2 lasers, and Er:YAG lasers are used with success, whereas Nd:YAG laser is contraindicated as this causes temperature buildup around the implants and also melting of the implant surface. Laser-treated tissue margins do not recede after healing. The laser is tipped at a 45° angle toward the implant. The advantages of laser used in this procedure are hemostasis; it facilitates easier visual access to the cover screw, production of a protective coagulum––an aid to healing and patient comfort during and after treatment, and allows impression procedures to be carried out in the same appointment.

  Management of Peri‑implantitis Top

The lasers can be used for debridement, and degranulation of failing and ailing implants can be performed using a laser wavelength that is noninjurious to bone. The CO2 lasers, diode lasers, and Er:YAG were more effective in the removal of plaque and calculus on implant abutments without injuring their surfaces.[19] On the contrary, Nd:YAG lasers are contraindicated for use in the treatment of peri‑implantitis as they cause an increase in the surface temperature and also changes of the implant surface.

  Low‑level Laser Therapy/Phototherapy/Photobiomodulation Top

The low‑level laser was pioneered by Endre Mester in Budapest in the late 1960s. He showed an increase in collagen synthesis in skin wounds. LLLT is based on biostimulation of the tissues with monochromatic light. The LLLT has the ability to accelerate osseointegration, as shown by its effects on bone repair.[18],[19] Laser therapy improves bone matrix production because of the improved vascularization and anti‑inflammatory effects.

  Conclusion Top

Laser provides the dentist with a variety of advantages in the field of dental implants. Evidence-based practice with respect to the use of different wavelengths of laser has the potential to improve the patient experience and to provide better results clinically as well.

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Ortorp A, Linden B, Jemt T. Clinical experiences with laser-welded titanium frameworks supported by implants in the edentulous mandible: A 5-year follow-up study. Int J Prosthodont 1999;12:65-72.  Back to cited text no. 10
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