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Insufficient evidence that pulsed Nd:YAG laser treatment is superior to conventional nonsurgical therapy in the treatment of periodontal disease

Mark Thomas DMD; Kathy Shafer DMD .


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).

Evidence Quality Rating

Poor Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019