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Insufficient evidence to support the use of laser therapy for peri-implantitis

Yong Hur, DDS, DMD, MS, Yumi Ogata, DDS, DMD, MS .


Systematic Review Conclusion

On the basis of the limited information available about erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG), carbon dioxide (CO2), and diode lasers, we could not identify any superiority of laser treatment in comparison with conventional treatment of peri-implantitis.

Critical Summary Assessment

In this well-conducted systematic review, the authors investigated the efficacy of laser therapy (Er:YAG, CO2, diode) for peri-implantitis and reported that laser therapy may be considered as a phase I nonsurgical treatment of peri-implantitis but that the benefits and clinical implications are unclear.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited 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