The effect of laser therapy as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal treatment in subjects with chronic periodontitis: a systematic review

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The effect of laser therapy as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal treatment in subjects with chronic periodontitis: a systematic review
Author(s) Karlsson, Marcus R ; Diogo Löfgren, Christina ; Jansson, Henrik
Date 2008
English abstract
Background: The objective of this study was to systematically review the evidence on the effectiveness of laser therapy as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal treatment in adults with chronic periodontitis. Methods: A search was conducted for randomized controlled trials comparing the outcome of periodontitis with laser as an adjunct to scaling and root planing in the treatment of chronic periodontal disease. The electronic databases, PubMed and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, were used as data sources. Screening, data abstraction, and quality assessment were conducted independently by three reviewers (MK, HJ, and CDL). The primary outcome measures evaluated were changes in clinical attachment level, probing depth, and bleeding on probing. Results: The search resulted in 25 abstracts; four randomized controlled clinical trials were included. Four different laser methods were used; consequently, it was impossible to conduct a quantitative data synthesis leading to a meta-analysis. All studies included a limited number of subjects. Conclusions: No consistent evidence supports the efficacy of laser treatment as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal treatment in adults with chronic periodontitis. More randomized controlled clinical trials are needed. PMID: 18980508 [PubMed - in process]
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1902/jop.2008.080197 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Journal of Periodontology;11
Volume 79
ISSN 0022-3492
Pages 2021-8
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::ODONTOLOGY::Periodontology
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/6767 (link to this page)

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