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LILT in the treatment of disorders of the maxillofacial region
Author(s): Antonio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro; Eudes T. Cavalcanti; Cecilia T.A. Manzi; Tatiana Rego; Marcos Pinheiro
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Paper Abstract

Pioneer work published by Mester and cols. opened a new frontier in the clinical treatment of many disorders with the use of LILT. Although LILT is not well accepted in many countries, its use is growing steadily in many others, especially in Europe and lately in Brazil. This paper reports on the treatment of 107 patients using LILT. Eighty- nine female and 18 male patients aged between 7 and 81 years old suffering from disorders of the maxillofacial region were treated with 632, 8, 670 and 830 nm diodes lasers at the Laser Center of the UFPE. The disorders included TMJ pain, Trigeminal neuralgia, muscular pain, aphatae, inflammation, hypersensibility, postoperatively, and in small hemangiomas. Most treatment consisted of a series of 12 applications and in eight cases a second series was applied. Patients were treated with an average dose of 2.5 J/cm2. Eighty one out of 107 patients were asymptomatic at the end of the treatment, 15 improved considerably and 11 were symptomatic. These preliminary results indicate that LILT is an important tool and brings many benefits for the treatment of many disorders of the maxillofacial region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 May 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2973, Lasers in Dentistry III, (15 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273594
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Antonio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro, School of Dentistry/Univ. Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)
Eudes T. Cavalcanti, School of Dentistry/Univ. Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)
Cecilia T.A. Manzi, School of Dentistry/Univ. Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)
Tatiana Rego, School of Dentistry/Univ. Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)
Marcos Pinheiro, School of Dentistry/Univ. Federal de Pernambuco (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2973:
Lasers in Dentistry III
Harvey A. Wigdor; John D. B. Featherstone; Peter Rechmann, Editor(s)

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