Objective and background: Odontomas are hamartomatous developmental malformations of the dental tissues. We present a retrospective study of recent clinical experience using erbium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) (wavelength 2940 nm) and chromium-doped yttrium scandium gallium garnet lasers (Er,Cr:YSSG) (wavelength 2780 nm) for the surgical treatment of these lesions, and score postsurgical pain. Materials and methods: This retrospective study comprised 35 odontomas treated at the Department of Oral Pathology and Laser-Assisted Surgery, San Martino Hospital, University of Genoa, Italy. Of 35 Caucasian patients (23 male, 12 female; ages 8-35; odontomas localized at various oral subsites) those in Group 1 (n=25) had odontomas excised by laser (Er:YAG laser operating at 2940 nm, pulse width 100 msec, curved handpiece, truncated cone HPX tip, 400 μm with energy output 250-400 mJ per pulse, frequency 15 Hz; and Er, Cr: YSGG laser, power 3.5 W, frequency 20 Hz, 55% air/45% water spray, H (hard tissue) mode, pulse width 190-750 μsec variable). In Group 2 (n=10) odontomas were excised by conventional surgery. Pain was assessed using a visual analog scale (VAS). Clinical outcome was determined at 6-12 months. Results: Complete responses were achieved in 100% of the laser-treated odontomas, which compares favorably with reported results of conventional surgery. A statistically significant difference in VAS score was found between patients treated with traditional scalpel surgery (median=4.00) and those who underwent laser surgery (median=3.00). Conclusions: In treating odontomas, a laser surgery protocol effectively minimizes pain, maintains an excellent clinical outcome, and requires minimal additional treatment time compared with conventional surgery.
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|Titolo:||Clinical and surgical management of odontoma.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|