Photodynamic therapy for oral lichen planus?

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This review of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for management of symptomatic of oral lichen planus included 5 small studies of limited quality that suggest PDT may be beneficial.

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Orthodontic pain: Is low level laser therapy effective?

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20 RCTs were included in this review of low level laser therapy (LLLT) for orthodontic pain. While the findings suggest a benefit a majority of the studies were at high risk of bias so the findings should be interpreted cautiously.

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Laser therapy for oral lichen planus

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This review comparing low level laser therapy (LLLT) with steroids for the treatment of oral lichen planus only identified 5 studies none of which were at low risk of bias. Further high quality trials are needed to assess the efficacy of LLLT.

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Pain during orthodontic treatment: non-pharmacological interventions

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14 trials were included in this Cochrane review of non-pharmacological interventions for orthodontic pain. The findings were inconclusive although there is some evidence that low-level laser therapy may help.

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Low-level laser as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal treatment-evidence limited

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This review of low-level laser therapy as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal treatment only identified 7 small high risk studies. While results suggest short term improvements there should be viewed with caution.

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Low-level laser therapy may improve functional outcomes of patients with temporomandibular joint disorders

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This new review of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) includes more trials ( 14) that two earlier reviews of this topic. While no improvements in pain were seen with LLT functional improvements were seen. Although 14 studies were included they only 454 patients have been included in studies to date.

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Low-level laser therapy: review suggests some benefit for patients with temporomandibular disorders

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Low level laser therapy have been used of musculoskeletal problems and this review looked it is use in temporomandibular disorders. 6 small studies were included and this suggested a small statistical benefit for pain reduction.

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Low level laser therapy: review suggests it reduces mucositis in patients undergoing cancer treatment

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A 2011 Cochrane review found weak evidence from 5 studies that low energy laser therapy (LLLT) may be beneficial in preventing severe mucositis. This new review included 18 studies and found that low level laser therapy reduced overall risk of severe mucositis.

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Orthodontic treatment; can it be accelerated by surgical and non-surgical approaches?

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With typical orthodontic treatment taking 18-24 months there is pressure to reduce the time it takes. This review considers a range of potential options but there is limited quality evidence for most of the techniques identified.

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Review finds limited evidence for laser treatment in comparison to conventional treatment of peri-implantitis

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Peri-implantitis is a common reason for the failure of dental implants and a number of different treatments for managing this condition have been suggested (Dental Elf 26th Jan 2012). The aim of this review was to assess whether laser therapy was effective either as a monotherapy or as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of [read the full story…]