Photobiomodulation comes to dentistry
There is a large body of published clinical evidence for the effects of Photobiomodulation (PBM Therapy) previously known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) on musculoskeletal pain.
Systematic reviews published by the Lancet, BMJ, International Association for the Study of Pain show that PBM improves the speed and quality of tissue repair, reduces inflammation and has an analgesic action.
Now the European Society for Medical Oncology suggests using PBM to reduce the incidence of oral mucositis and its associated pain, in patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy.
There is growing evidence that PBM works well on a range of oral pathologies and is beneficial for orthodontic procedures and orofacial pain syndromes.
These include improvements in
- Tooth movement
- Osseointegration of implants
- Post extraction pain
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Dentine Hypersensitivity
- Herpes simplex
- Bone density
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Aphthous ulcers
- Periodontal disease
- Bells Palsy
PBM can also reduce the use of anaesthesia for children or be used to reduce the local discomfort of injections.
THOR is a dedicated PBM manufacturer and training company. We have a CE mark for osteoarthritis, tendinopathies, neck pain and oral mucositis. We also have FDA clearance for temporary relief of muscle and joint pain.
Download 'PBM dental research (PDF)' Includes 59 clinical trial abstracts
"I have had my THOR laser for four months and so far have treated countless TMJ patients, three oral mucositis patients and a few xerostomia patients. All of them feel instant effects and rave about the results. This has been one of the most amazing pieces of technology I have introduced into my practice. I definitely recommend it for every dental office."
Dr. Jennifer Waters, DDS
Clear Creek Dental Clinic
"I have used my Thor laser for about six months. The improvement in patients pain and rapidity of healing is substantial. This laser is on many times each day and is a mainstay for any traumatic treatment that we must do as well as an aid for a patients chronic pain that, many times, patients were told that they must live with. I would no longer feel comfortable practicing without a good low level laser. The Thor unit is definitely the 'big boy' of PBM."
Dr. Richard F. Marz, DDS
Statesboro, GA, USA
"I use my laser for just about everything I can do in dentistry. The laser also saves money as assistant is able to do it and I don't have to spend as much for anesthetic and needles.
For about half of my patients, I use it instead of needles. For extraction I use it to prevent post-op pain and swelling, for root canals I use it to prevent post-op pain, I treat neuropathic pain, facial pain, soft tissue lesions, etc. It gives faster and better intergation of implants, plus plenty of other uses. Everyone you treat are like your disciples.
I have been practicing dentistry since 1971 and using low level lasers since 1993 so to lose my lasers today, it would be so dramatic that I wouldn't be able to practise without them."
Dr. Gerry Ross, DDS
Dentist focuses on treating facial pain
"We have been using PBM for about 15 years and mainly use it for pain management and healing. I feel it makes me a better dentist as can help my patients more."
Dr. Rita Darbar, DOrth RCS
"I have been using lasers for about 14 years and low level about 7-8 years.
PBM reduces the stress on the practise and the patients. It saves teeth instead of losing teeth.
My advice to dentists who are thinking about it is to talk to people who use it. Every dentist should be using low level lasers because it's best for their patients. Dentists not using it, is really just from a lack of knowledge."
Dr. Larry Kotlow, DDS
Albany, NY, USA
We make it simple
- Online treatment library:
Shows you which probe, what settings and where to treat.
- Online tech and treatment support:
If you cant find a treatment protocol you need, we will write it for you.
- Hands on training:
We run 24 training courses in the USA, 24 in the UK and 6 in Australia every year and is approved for Continuing Education Credits in the USA.
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