Volume: 2017 | Number: 1
ISSN (print): 1855-9913 | ISSN (web): 1855-9921
CASE REPORT: Restoring a Fixed-bridge Abutment with Advanced Endo/Perio Bone Destruction using TwinLight® Periodontal and PIPS® Endodontic Treatment
When treating periodontitis, mechanical debridement, i.e., scaling and root planning, has been found to be lacking since it does not result in complete healing, especially in severe periodontitis patients. For this reason, and also because of their better access to deep pockets, furcations, and grooves, dental lasers have been introduced for periodontal therapy. Among the different types of lasers that have been studied, the highly absorbed Er:YAG laser wavelength [1-7] and the deeply penetrating Nd:YAG laser wavelength [8 12] are of highest interest due to their unique wavelength penetration characteristics and extensive published research.
Following the published positive effects of laser therapies using either the Nd:YAG or Er:YAG lasers individually, the next step has been to develop a combined “Twinlight” Er:YAG and Nd:YAG laser periodontal treatment [13 -21].
The TwinLight® periodontal treatment, which was developed uniquely for the LightWalker® combined Er:YAG/Nd:YAG laser system (manufactured by Fotona d.o.o.), consists of three steps described elsewhere . The first step consists of deepithelialization and decontamination with the Nd:YAG laser. During the second step, calculus removal (debriding refinishing) is performed adjunct to mechanical scaling using the Er:YAG laser. And during the third step, clot formation is achieved using the Nd:YAG laser.
Article: J. LA&HA, Vol. 2017, No.1; pp.25-27