Laser Light for Management of Peri-implantitis
Georgios Romanos, DDS, PhD, Prof Dr med dent
Dept. of Periodontology, School of Dental Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
Peri-implant diseases are associated with multiple etiological factors. Bacterial accumulation on implant surfaces as well as the surrounding bone, as well as the presence of nanoparticles due to the implant wear at implant placement or maintenance procedures incl. fretting and corrosion provide the evidence of peri-implant crestal bone loss and potential implant failure. The lecture will give information about the use of modern technologies, such as the use of different laser wavelengths to decontaminate implants and surrounding bone. The management of peri-implantitis using the energy of light and the impact of lasers on the energy level and wettability of implant surfaces will be presented according to in vitro, pre-clinical and clinical studies. Protocols for the safe use of lasers in the treatment of peri-implantitis will be demonstrated in the lecture.