Photodynamic therapy for oral lichen planus

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This review looked at the efficacy of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for the treatment or oral lichen lplanus (OLP) and compares PDT with steroid therapy. 16 studies were included with the findings suggesting that photodynamic therapy may offer patients with OLP improved pain relief and better efficacy compared to topical corticosteroids.

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Photodynamic therapy as an adjunct to non-surgical periodontal treatment

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This review of the adjunctive effects of lasers or antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) to non-surgical periodontal treatment included 17 RCTs. The studies were small and hetrogeneous including just 701 patients in total and of low quality providing very limited evidence.

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Denture stomatitis: Is there a role for low-level laser therapy?

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This review of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of denture stomatitis only identified 4 small RCTs providing limited low quality evidence of clinical effectiveness.

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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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Periodontitis- supportive periodontal treatment

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This Cochrane review of the effects of supportive periodontal therapy (SPT) in the maintenance of the dentition of adults treated for periodontitis included 4 RCTs providing is insufficient evidence to determine the superiority of different protocols or adjunctive strategies to improve tooth maintenance during SPT.

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Aggressive periodontitis: is photodynamic therapy beneficial?

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This review looked at the effectiveness of antimicrobial photodynamic therapy as an adjunctive treatment to scaling and root polishing for aggressive periodontitis. Seven small studies suggest that it may be beneficial in the short term.

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Photodynamic therapy: review finds insufficient evidence of its effectiveness for oral premalignant lesions

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This review of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for oral premalignant lesions only identified a small number of poor quality studies that provide insufficient evidence for the effectiveness of PDT for the management of oral premalignant lesions.

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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…]

Only limited evidence on the use of photodynamic therapy in root canal disinfection

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Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been suggested as a potential adjunctive aid to disinfection of the root canal. In principle, it uses a nontoxic photosensitizer that is selectively absorbed in a target tissue and a low-intensity light source. Upon photo-induced activation of the photosensitizer, in the presence of oxygen, a series of reactions produce free radicals [read the full story…]