Effectiveness of low-level laser therapy after surgical removal of impacted mandibular third molars: A randomized clinical trial

Study: effectiveness on impacted mandibular third molars
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Natl J Maxillofac Surg. 2022 Jan-Apr;13(1):60-66. doi: 10.4103/njms.njms_297_21. Epub 2022 Apr 20.


INTRODUCTION: The low-level laser therapy has been accepted globally as cell bio-modulator, used to reach ideal therapeutic effects, acting in the reduction of the pain response, with anti-inflammatory effects, stimulating local micro-circulation and wounds repair, promoting a rapid recovery, which brings a better quality of life to the patient. In this study, we aim to to determine the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy on reducing the pain and swelling after removal of impacted third molars.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this present prospective randomized clinical study, third molar surgeries were performed in thirty patients who were divided into two equal groups (placebo group and study group) a placebo group with routine treatment and a study group with low-level laser therapy which was applied both intraorally and extraorally after the surgical extraction of mandibular third molar.

RESULTS: The parameters such as postoperative pain, edema, and trismus were assessed on 1st and 7th day. All these parameters showed statistically significant results in patients with low-level laser therapy.

CONCLUSIONS: Low-level laser therapy was effective in reducing the postoperative pain, edema, and trismus in the third molar surgeries.

PMID:35911809 | PMC:PMC9326211 | DOI:10.4103/njms.njms_297_21

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