Special Issue "Photobiomodulation and Its Application in Dentistry"

A special issue of Dentistry Journal (ISSN 2304-6767).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 461
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Prof. Dr. Alessandro Del Vecchio
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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Science, Sapienza University of Rome, Via Caserta 6, 00161 Rome, Italy
Interests: oral pathology and medicine; clinical dentistry; laser dentistry; photobiomodulation
Dr. Francisco José Gomez Garcia
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Department of Oral Medecine, University of Murcia, 3008 Murcia, Spain
Interests: oral cancer; periodontal disease; bone density
Prof. Dr. Luís Monteiro
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1. Department of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, University Institute of Health Sciences (IUCS), 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
2. Cancer Research Group, Instituto de Investigação e Formação Avançada em Ciências e Tecnologias da Saúde (IINFACTS), University Institute of Health Sciencies (IUCS), 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
Interests: oral cancer; oral leukoplakia; prognostic markers; laser; immunohistochemistry
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Dear Colleagues,

About 60 years have passed since the first studies about the Photobiomodulation (PBM) were enounced; however, the diffusion of this biological way of treatment is still limited to few researchers and to even less clinical practitioners. Recent studies have shown both in vitro and in vivo the potentialities of therapeutic lights and their beneficial effects in the treatment of many pathologies even though many questions remain controversial, especially about dosages and therapeutic protocols.

The PBM has anti-inflammatory and analgesic action, reducing local edema, and improving the peripheral microcirculation; it stimulates the proliferation of many cell types as fibroblasts, osteoblasts, neurons and collagen fibers, improving the tissue healing processes; PBM induces the vitality and the effectiveness of the immunologic processes too, enhancing the defensive reactions of the organism.

All these properties can be easily applied in the daily dental practice determining a considerable improvement of the results of many common treatments in a biological way, without any adverse side effect.

This Special Issue is interested in all the aspects of dental and medical specialties dealing with this topic. Basic research about light biological effects, literature reviews concerning dosages and outcomes, clinical reports about the treatment of many pathological conditions and studies about the future perspectives of PBM are of interest, in the main aim of enlarging the diffusion of this therapeutic method among dental and medical practitioners.

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Del Vecchio
Dr. Francisco José Gomez Garcia
Prof. Dr. Luís Monteiro
Guest Editors

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  • photobiomodulation
  • laser therapy
  • LLLT
  • PBM
  • soft laser
  • medical laser
  • LILT
  • Low Intensity Laser
  • wound healing
  • laser analgesia
  • oral pain management

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Systematic Review
Effect of Photobiomodulation on Atrophic–Erosive Clinical Forms of Oral Lichen Planus: A Systematic Review
Dent. J. 2022, 10(12), 221; https://doi.org/10.3390/dj10120221 - 27 Nov 2022
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Introduction. Oral lichen planus is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of unknown origin, characterized by various clinical forms of which the atrophic–erosive causes patients the greatest symptomatology. For this reason, there are different treatments that improve the associated signs and symptoms. One of [...] Read more.
Introduction. Oral lichen planus is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of unknown origin, characterized by various clinical forms of which the atrophic–erosive causes patients the greatest symptomatology. For this reason, there are different treatments that improve the associated signs and symptoms. One of these therapies is photobiomodulation (PBM), which, although new, has a high level of acceptance in dentistry based on evidence. However, there are inconsistent results in its application against lichen planus. The aim of this review was to evaluate the effect of photobiomodulation and its effectiveness as a therapeutic alternative for atrophic–erosive lesions. Material and methods. The databases PubMed, Google Scholar and Cochrane Library were searched to identify studies investigating the photobiomodulation treatment in atrophic–erosive lesions of oral lichen planus. A total of 294 articles were identified, published between 2017 and 2022, and then evaluated; 7 articles that met all the inclusion criteria were included in this study. Results. The type of laser light source used in PBM was the diode laser (four cases), the Nd–YAG laser at the same wavelength of 1064 nm (two cases) and the He–Ne laser (one case). The minimum and maximum wavelengths used were 630 nm and 1064 nm, respectively. Most studies used lesions treated with topical corticosteroids as a control group. The follow-up times of the studies were highly variable. Conclusions. Photobiomodulation is a treatment that competently combats oral lichen planus lesions by improving signs and symptoms, with no known adverse reactions so far, which makes it more beneficial compared to more conventional therapies, such as corticosteroids, for which side effects have been found. Full article
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