Insufficient evidence that pulsed Nd:YAG laser treatment is superior to conventional nonsurgical therapy in the treatment of periodontal disease Critical Summary Prepared by: Mark Thomas DMD; Kathy Shafer DMD 

A Critical Summary of:

The effect of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser in non-surgical periodontal therapy

Slot DE, Kranendonk AA, Paraskevas S, Van der Weijden F. Journal of Periodontology. 2009;80(7):1041-56

Published Date: 2/3/2011

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  • Systematic Review Conclusion:

    There is no evidence to support the superiority of the neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser over traditional modalities of periodontal therapy

  • Critical Summary Assessment:

    The authors conducted a review of MEDLINE/PubMed and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and found no evidence that the Nd:YAG laser offers any benefit over scaling and root planing (SRP).

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