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Lasers in Contemporary Implant Dentistry Part 2

Lasers in Contemporary Implant Dentistry Part 2


In the previous article, we discussed the use of lasers in implant dentistry during the placement of implants. In this part, we will explore how lasers can be utilized after the implants are placed to enhance the healing process and improve their integration with the surrounding bone.

1. Utilizing Low-Level Laser Therapy for Improved Bone Healing

One of the ways lasers can be used in implant dentistry is through low-level laser therapy (LLLT). LLLT involves the application of low-power laser light to stimulate various cellular processes in the body. When it comes to implants, LLLT can play a significant role in enhancing bone healing.

1.1 Increasing Activity in Bone Cells

Studies have shown that LLLT can increase the activity of bone cells without altering the bone structure itself. By irradiating the area around the implant with laser light, the energy is absorbed by the cells and triggers a series of biochemical reactions that promote bone formation and healing.

1.2 Promoting Integration in Implants with Poor Initial Stability

In some cases, implants may have poor initial stability, which can hinder the healing process. However, LLLT has shown promise in promoting the integration of these implants with the surrounding bone. By stimulating cellular activity and promoting blood flow, LLLT can aid in the osseointegration process and improve overall implant stability.

2. A Case Example: Diode Laser for Low-Level Laser Therapy

To understand the practical application of LLLT in implant dentistry, let’s consider a case example. In this scenario, a diode laser is used for low-level laser therapy to stimulate biostimulation and improve healing.

2.1 The Procedure

After the implant placement, the diode laser is directed towards the implant site. The laser emits low-energy light that interacts with the tissues, triggering cellular responses that promote healing and tissue regeneration.

2.2 Benefits of Diode Laser LLLT

The use of a diode laser for LLLT offers several advantages. Firstly, it is a non-invasive procedure, ensuring patient comfort during and after the treatment. Secondly, the diode laser emits light at an optimal wavelength for biostimulation, maximizing the therapeutic effects on the bone and surrounding tissues.


Laser technology continues to revolutionize implant dentistry. In part two of our series on lasers in contemporary implant dentistry, we explored the use of low-level laser therapy for improving bone healing and promoting implant integration. With further research and advancements, lasers are set to play an even more significant role in enhancing the success and longevity of dental implants.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can LLLT be used on all types of dental implants?

LLLT can be used on various types of dental implants, including titanium implants and zirconia implants. However, it is essential to consult with your dentist to determine whether LLLT is suitable for your specific case.

2. Is low-level laser therapy painful?

No, low-level laser therapy is a painless procedure. Patients generally experience a warm sensation during the treatment, but it does not cause any discomfort.

3. How long does it take to see the results of LLLT in implant dentistry?

The results of LLLT in implant dentistry can vary from patient to patient. While some individuals may notice improvements in a few weeks, others may require several months of treatment to achieve optimal results. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a more accurate timeframe based on your specific situation.

4. Are there any side effects of low-level laser therapy?

Low-level laser therapy is a safe and well-tolerated procedure. It has minimal side effects, which may include temporary redness or sensitivity in the treated area. These effects are usually mild and resolve on their own within a short period.

5. Can LLLT be combined with other dental treatments?

Yes, LLLT can be combined with other dental treatments to enhance their effectiveness and promote better healing. Your dentist will determine whether LLLT can be integrated into your specific treatment plan based on your dental needs and overall oral health.

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