Laser for bone healing after oral surgery: systematic review

Claudio Noba, Anna Carolina Volpi Mello-Moura, Thais Gimenez*, Tamara Kerber Tedesco, Cacio Moura-Netto

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The purpose of this study is to perform a systematic review on the use of lasers in oral surgery for bone healing. Selection of articles was carried out by two evaluators in Pubmed and Web of Science databases for published articles and OpenGray for gray literature. Search strategy was developed based on the PICO Question “Does the use of lasers after oral surgery improve bone healing?”. Eligibility criteria were: being on laser; evaluate bone healing; involve oral surgery; do not be about implant, periodontics, orthodontics, osteonecrosis or radiotherapy, nor revisions, clinical cases, etc. Data were collected from each article in a structured spreadsheet and a descriptive analysis was performed. Risk assessment of bias of the articles was carried out through the tool elaborated by the Cochrane collaboration. A total of 827 potentially relevant references were identified. No articles were found in OpenGray. Eleven articles met the eligibility criteria and were included in the systematic review. Most of studies were in vivo and in jaw, being conducted with low-power lasers which were applied immediately after the surgical procedure of extraction. Neoformation and bone density were the outcomes of choice and there was a tendency of increase in bone density, neoformation, regeneration, mineralization, or bone condensation when laser was applied. Regarding the bias risk assessment, studies were not clear in reporting most of the parameters. Low-power laser therapy seems to reduce time of bone healing in oral surgery, although there are no defined protocols and the level of evidence is still considered weak.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)667-674
Number of pages8
JournalLasers in Medical Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Bone regeneration
  • Lasers
  • Oral surgery
  • Systematic review


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