Periodontal Bone Regeneration and the Er,Cr:YSGG Laser: A Case Report
Douglas N. Dederich Cert Perio
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2013
First Page: 16
Last Page: 19
Publisher ID: TODENTJ-7-16
Article History:Received Date: 8/8/2012
Revision Received Date: 8/10/2012
Acceptance Date: 6/11/2012
Electronic publication date: 22/2/2013
Collection year: 2013
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Traditional methods of regenerating bone in periodontal bone defects have been partially successful and have involved numerous protocols and materials. More recently, it has been proposed that Er,Cr:YSGG laser energy may also be beneficial in the treatment of periodontal pockets, particularly in the regeneration of bone lost due to periodontal disease.
The purpose of this paper is to present a case report of the Er,Cr:YSGG laser being used to conservatively treat a recalcitrant periodontal pocket in the presence of a periodontal bone defect and that resulted in successful resolution of the pocket and significant radiographic bone fill at the 1 year recall visit.
This protocol using the Er,Cr:YSGG laser for the treatment of periodontal loss of attachment and periodontal bone loss may represent a less invasive alternative than traditional open-flap periodontal surgery or the intrasulcular use of other more penetrating laser wavelengths.