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Laser treatment in modulation of TMJ inflammation
Author(s): Gerry Ross
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Paper Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the laser in the treatment of hyperemia (edema) as assessed by a TMJ Doppler on 22 consecutive joints showing TMJ Hyperemia. Materials and Methods: The hyperemia of the joint was first evaluated using a TMJ Doppler device (Great Lakes Orthodontic Products - Buffalo NY) and it was recorded as severe, moderate or mild. The DioBeam 830 low level laser (830nm, 150mw continuous wave laser with a 1 cm beam, manufactured by CMS Dental Copenhagen, Denmark); 16 J/cm2 (8 J/cm2 with mouth open and 8 J/cm2 with the mouth closed). The treatment time was 2 minutes per joint. The hyperemia was assessed immediately following the treatment. Results: 22 joints have been evaluated on 16 patients. 12 had severe hyperemia, 9 had moderate hyperemia and 1 had mild hyperemia. All 22 joints showed complete resolution of the hyperemia immediately after laser therapy. There were no negative clinical results associated with the treatments.Conclusion: Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) was an effective tool in the treatment of hyperemia of the TMJ.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 February 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7887, Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VI, 78870L (17 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876238
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Gerry Ross, Queen Street Dental (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7887:
Mechanisms for Low-Light Therapy VI
Michael R. Hamblin; Ronald W. Waynant; Juanita Anders, Editor(s)

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