Volume: 2017 | Number: 1
ISSN (print): 1855-9913 | ISSN (web): 1855-9921
Multi-Center Retrospective Report of Periodontal Tissue Regeneration Following Twinlight® Periodontal Treatment
Alan Dalessandro DDS, Harvey Shiffman DDS, Steven R. Pohlhaus DDS, Larry Lieberman DDS
Among the different types of lasers which have been considered for periodontal therapy, the highly absorbed Er:YAG laser wavelength and the deeply penetrating Nd:YAG laser wavelength merit the most attention, due to the extensive published research and reported positive results involving these two laser wavelengths.
Looking at the reported positive effects of both therapies, the next natural step in the development of minimally invasive, efficient, and safe treatments has been to introduce a combined “Twinlight” Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser periodontal treatment.
In this paper, four private dental practices conducted a retrospective case series analysis of the available before and after radiographic images of their patients who received the TwinLight® periodontal treatments, as collected during the past approximately 6 years. The analyzed images provide evidence of periodontal tissue regeneration following the combined TwinLight® treatment, in agreement with the tissue regeneration observed in published studies where only a single laser therapy, either Er:YAG or Nd:YAG, was performed.
Further research is needed to quantify the contribution of each of the laser therapies, and of the expected synergistic effect of the combined therapy to the observed regeneration of periodontal tissues following the TwinLight procedure.
Key words: Laser periodontics, periodontitis, tissue regeneration, bone regeneration, Er:YAG, Nd:YAG, TwinLight, WPT, LightWalker.
Article: J. LA&HA, Vol. 2017, No.1; pp.19-24.