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Utility of Photodynamic Therapy in Dentistry: Current Concepts

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Department of Periodontology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Szeged, Tiszta Lajos körút 62-64, 6720 Szeged, Hungary
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Department of Pharmacodynamics and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Szeged, Eötvös utca 6, 6720 Szeged, Hungary
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Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Szeged, Tiszta Lajos körút 62-64, 6720 Szeged, Hungary
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Dent. J. 2020, 8(2), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020043
Received: 2 April 2020 / Revised: 27 April 2020 / Accepted: 29 April 2020 / Published: 7 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photobiomodulation)
The significant growth in scientific and technological advancements within the field of dentistry has resulted in a wide range of novel treatment modalities for dentists to use. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an emerging, non-invasive treatment method, involving photosensitizers, light of a specific wavelength and the generation of singlet oxygen and reactive oxygen species (ROS) to eliminate unwanted eukaryotic cells (e.g., malignancies in the oral cavity) or pathogenic microorganisms. The aim of this review article is to summarize the history, general concepts, advantages and disadvantages of PDT and to provide examples for current indications of PDT in various subspecialties of dentistry (oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral medicine, endodontics, preventive dentistry, periodontology and implantology), in addition to presenting some images from our own experiences about the clinical success with PDT. View Full-Text
Keywords: photodynamic therapy; photosensitizer; aminolevulinic acid; reactive oxygen species; oral medicine; endodontics; periodontology; implantology; caries photodynamic therapy; photosensitizer; aminolevulinic acid; reactive oxygen species; oral medicine; endodontics; periodontology; implantology; caries
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Stájer, A.; Kajári, S.; Gajdács, M.; Musah-Eroje, A.; Baráth, Z. Utility of Photodynamic Therapy in Dentistry: Current Concepts. Dent. J. 2020, 8, 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020043

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Stájer A, Kajári S, Gajdács M, Musah-Eroje A, Baráth Z. Utility of Photodynamic Therapy in Dentistry: Current Concepts. Dentistry Journal. 2020; 8(2):43. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020043

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Stájer, Anette; Kajári, Szilvia; Gajdács, Márió; Musah-Eroje, Aima; Baráth, Zoltán. 2020. "Utility of Photodynamic Therapy in Dentistry: Current Concepts" Dent. J. 8, no. 2: 43. https://doi.org/10.3390/dj8020043

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