Comparative Evaluation of Er:Cr:YSGG, Diode Laser and Alvogyl in the Management of Alveolar Osteitis: A Prospective Randomized Clinical Study
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Alveolar osteitis (AO) is a well-known complication following tooth extraction. Plethora of literature is available regarding its treatment modalities signifying that none of the treatment is as effective as any another treatment. LASER on the other hand, has been used to promote soft tissue healing.
Material and method
In order to evaluate the effects of laser on healing of AO we undertook a randomized clinical trial. In the trial, sixty patients diagnosed with AO were randomly divided into three groups viz: alvogyl, diode laser and Er:Cr:YSGG laser (erbium chromium yttrium scandium gallium garnet).
On analyzing the results, diode laser at 1.0 W power settings (energy: 20–25 J/cm2) in non-contact, continuous mode was found to be the most effective for both pain relief and healing improvement.
The diode laser is an acceptable and effective non-dressing treatment modality for alveolar osteitis, which is the most common painful complication following extraction.
KeywordsAlveolar osteitis Low level laser therapy Erbium chromium yttrium scandium gallium garnet laser Alvogyl
We are most grateful to Professor Arundeep Kaur Lamba for providing her departmental Laser Devices for the use of study.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
Conflict of interest
Prior ethical approval was taken from Ethical Committee of Institute.
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