The use of lasers in periodontal therapy has been widely publicized as an effective means of treating periodontal disease. According to a review of the research by the American Academy of Periodontology, there is insufficient research to support claims of successful treatment. It appears that the research does support that, in some cases laser therapy is as effective as scaling and root planing. Visit the American Academy of Periodontology's web site, perio.org and type in “laser” in the search box for up to date information on periodontal laser therapy.
The following papers reflect the findings and opinions of The American Dental Association and The American Academy of Periodontology regarding the use of lasers in treating periodontal disease.
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