As a Practitioner, standing out from the competitive world requires a valuable addition to your treatment options not found in every office which separates you from the pack. When most dentists hear the word laser, they often think of hard or soft tissue lasers that are meant for cutting. Low-Level Lasers are another subset of lasers that are relatively unknown to many dental practitioners, with the potential to be an invaluable tool to your dental practice. Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a fairly recent trend in the dental industry despite being developed more than half a century ago. Utilizing technology like dental lasers for PBM treatments does more than amplify efficiency, care, and productivity in a dental office and it also boosts the perception of the dentist as a progressive, dynamic, modern clinician. Applications of PBM in dentistry have been of great interest in recent times. It can both stimulate and suppress biological effects. The property of PBM contributes to the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and wound healing effects. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) has a wide variety of clinical applications that include wound healing, prevention of cellular death, promotion of repair mechanisms, reduction of inflammation, pain relief, etc. Hence, it is being used effectively in the field of oral medicine and has shown promising results in the management of oral mucosal lesions, orofacial pain, and other orofacial ailments without significant adverse effects. This presentation highlights the relatively unseen side of dental laser applications with a healing touch in dentistry.
Audience Takes Away Notes:
- Basics of PBM
- Applications of PBM in dentistry
- How to choose a laser for dental practice