Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río
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ROSALES ALVAREZ, Zurelys; RODRIGUEZ CABRERA, Kenia M and DIAZ CRUZ, Carlos Enrique. Laser-therapy and laser-puncture. An alternative treatment in pericoronitis. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.3, pp. 28-37. ISSN 1561-3194.
Pericoronitis is an acute infectious process that appears in young patients between the second and third decade of life during third molars eruption. The research was aimed at showing the effectiveness of laser-therapy through a longitudinal and prospective study that was conducted with a sample of 80 patients suffering from this pathology, these patients attended to the dentist emergency room at "Hermanos Cruz" Teaching Outpatient Clinic through January 2009-February 2010. To a better study and application of treatment two groups of 40 patients were comprised. The first group was treated with antibiotic and laser therapy of low-power using equipments made in Cuba (LASERMED 670-DL), which uses a transmission diode (Ga Al As) (670nm), local punctual technique was used around dental cap with analgesic parameters and anti-inflammatory (30mw, 36seg) and laser-puncture. The second group underwent conventional therapy with antibiotics and mouth washes of hydrogen peroxide. The treatment with laser was very effective observing a marked remission of symptoms, as well as inflammation, pain and a reduction in figures of necessary treatment sessions; which was statistically demonstrated by a chi-square test of independence. The effectiveness of treatment was confirmed, recommending it as a therapeutic alternative.
Keywords : Laser-therapy [method].