Laser energy has many applications for oral health management including local and systemic influences. These range from post-operative wound healing decreasing reliance on opioid medications to anti-inflammatory effects both centered around photo bio-modulation (PBM) . Photo dynamic therapy (PDT) can have dramatic effects on managing microbial disease of the oral cavity without initiating antibiotic resistance.
Recently, there has been the development of oral medicaments that are innovative and effective to assist in wound healing, infections, management of mucositis, xerostomia, aphthous/herpetic lesions and periodontitis. Their effects mimic some of the attributes and methods of actions as laser energy. An example is oral mucositis management utilizing both photo bio-modulation, oral probiotics and anti-oxidant oral gels.
As our patients continue to seek out "natural remedies” to "treat” their oral and systemic conditions, we now have laser assisted "nutraceuticals” to can create a faster and more effective way to manage disease and associated complications.
- Review laser wavelengths and their implications to oral and systemic health management.
- Describe how adjunctive antimicrobial and anti inflammatory medicaments can provide a synergistic effect with respective laser applications.
- Create strategies for patient scripting to enhance a positive case acceptance for laser local/systemic health.
Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a current Board of Director of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Low provides periodontists, dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient. He was selected "Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee.
Dr. Low engages with the following commercial entities: Biolase, ProBiora, Periosciences, Hu Friedy, Florida Probe.