Lasers and the treatment of chronic periodontitis

Dent Clin North Am. 2010 Jan;54(1):35-53. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2009.08.007.


For many intraoral soft-tissue surgical procedures the laser has become a desirable and dependable alternative to traditional scalpel surgery. However, the use of dental lasers in periodontal therapy is controversial. This article presents the current peer-reviewed evidence on the use of dental lasers for the treatment of chronic periodontitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Periodontitis / drug therapy
  • Chronic Periodontitis / surgery*
  • Gingiva / injuries
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy* / adverse effects
  • Lasers, Gas / therapeutic use
  • Lasers, Semiconductor / therapeutic use
  • Lasers, Solid-State / therapeutic use
  • Photochemotherapy
  • Radio Waves