Lasers in Dental Science

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 219–226 | Cite as

Effect of photobiomodulation on external root resorption during orthodontic tooth movement—a scoping review

  • Nida Nayyer
  • Tulika TripathiEmail author
  • Priyank Rai
  • Ram Gopal
Review Article



Orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption (OIIRR) is a common phenomenon that occurs as an adverse effect of orthodontic tooth movement. The aim of the scoping review is to explore and review the literature assessing the effect of photobiomodulation (PBM) on external root resorption during orthodontic tooth movement.


The literature search was carried out on MEDLINE/PubMed database up to and including May 2019. Relevant articles were selected based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. The study sample, irradiation parameters, magnitude of applied force, resorption assessment method, and the results obtained in the selected studies were tabulated and evaluated.


The search resulted in a total of 178 articles. After removal of duplicates, and matching the articles for the specified inclusion and exclusion criteria, 18 articles were selected for detailed assessment. Among all the studies, ten studies have reported a beneficial effect of photobiomodulation in control of orthodontic root resorption. On the other hand, eight studies have showed no significant effect of photobiomodulation on orthodontic root resorption.


It can be concluded that the impact of photobiomodulation on orthodontic root resorption remains debatable.


Orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption Root resorption Photobiomodulation Low-level laser therapy Light-emitting diode Phototherapy Review 





low-level light (laser) therapy


light-emitting diode


root resorption


orthodontically induced inflammatory root resorption


Authors’ contributions

TT conceptualized the idea of the current review and supervised the study. NN was responsible for compiling all the data and formulating the manuscript. PR guided the evaluation of the reviewed studies and gave valuable inputs. RG guided the refinement of the manuscript. All the authors have read and approved the manuscript.


The study is self-funded.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethics approval and consent to participate

Not required as this article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Consent for publication

Not applicable to the present study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nida Nayyer
    • 1
  • Tulika Tripathi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Priyank Rai
    • 1
  • Ram Gopal
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthodontics & Dentofacial OrthopaedicsMaulana Azad Institute of Dental SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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