A new bone surgical laser technique: technical aspects and applications in dentistry

Front Biosci (Elite Ed). 2011 Jan 1;3:463-8. doi: 10.2741/e261.


Ten patients requiring the extraction of a severely-deteriorated molar or premolar before placement of a dental implant for prosthodontic rehabilitation were selected (6 women; 4 men). The sockets were curetted and decontaminated with an 810 nm wavelength diode laser using a 400 micron fiber at close distance (1 mm) from the target area, power setting 2.5 W, pulsed mode (10 msec t-on, 10 msec t-off for five seconds, three repetitions for each bone wall, 30 seconds pause between each irradiation). The socket filled with beta-TCP plus Tissucol and primary closure was attempted. In addition all patients were treated with a 810 nm GaAlAs laser, in continuous wave mode, defocused hand-piece, 50 J\cm2 ( 1W for 50 seconds) after surgery and on days 3, 5, 7 postoperatively. At 18 months after prosthodontic treatment and loading, the implant was stable. Laser therapy, combined with a graft of biomaterial composed of beta-TCP and tissucol, prevented alveolar crest resorption following tooth extraction. Formation of new bone of acceptable quality and quantity permitted placement of osseointegrated dental implants.

MeSH terms

  • Alveolar Bone Loss / etiology
  • Alveolar Bone Loss / prevention & control*
  • Calcium Phosphates
  • Dental Implants, Single-Tooth*
  • Female
  • Fibrin Tissue Adhesive
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Oral Surgical Procedures
  • Tooth Extraction*
  • Tooth Socket / surgery*


  • Calcium Phosphates
  • Fibrin Tissue Adhesive
  • beta-tricalcium phosphate