A single dose of low-energy laser therapy (LLLT) after third molar extraction as an effective treatment of pain, swelling and trismus

iStock_000006885469_SmallThe extraction of the third molar is one of the most common procedures performed in maxillofacial surgery. This procedure may be associated with post-operative discomfort and in some cases with long convalescence. Most of the complications were: pain, swelling and trismus. They were caused by inflammatory reactions initiated by trauma. There are many methods used to lessen complications after tooth extraction. These include administration of analgesics, anti-inflammatory therapy and low-energy lasers (Low-level Laser Therapy – LLLT). LLLT is a very advantageous solution, because depending on the device parameters (dose and wavelength) it may stimulate a variety of beneficial physiological processes. The use of Low-level Laser Therapy in the field of dentistry is gaining significant credibility. LLLT has supplementing effect on anti-inflammatory drugs, accelerates healing of tissues, allows nerve regeneration following injury, reduces swelling and regulates the immune system response.

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A single dose of low-energy laser therapy (LLLT) after third molar extraction as an effective treatment of pain, swelling and trismus

Woman cleaning teeth with toothbrushThe extraction of the third molar is one of the most common procedures performed in maxillofacial surgery. This procedure may be associated with post-operative discomfort and in some cases with long convalescence. Most of the complications were: pain, swelling and trismus. They were caused by inflammatory reactions initiated by trauma. There are many methods used to lessen complications after tooth extraction. Read full text »

Acute appendicitis – antibiotic therapy or surgery?

A commonly known treatment method of acute appendicitis is an appendectomy. It is more frequently performed in laparoscopic way, what decreases the risk of wound infection, is less painful, shortens time of hospitalization and makes the patients return to their previous activity faster. Read full text »

Prognostic biomarker for PD-L1–directed therapy

Medical technician examining bloodThe multi-center clinical study, conducted by researchers from Yale Cancer Center revealed the expression of immune-suppressing protein PD-L1 on tumour-infiltrating immune cells may predict how patients with various types solid tumors respond to immunotherapy. Read full text »

Morquio syndrome – the first enzymatic therapy

DNA moleculeFood and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed the first enzymatic therapy in treatment of type IV-A mucopolysaccharidose (type A Morquio syndrome). Read full text »

Gene therapy will improve acuity of vision in patients with choroideremia

iStock_000010324615SmallScientists from Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology Universität Oxford devised gene therapy which is effective in choroideremia treatment. The therapy reversed process of progressive sight loss in 6 patients. The scientists published results of the first phase of their research in Lancet magazine. Read full text »

How glioblastoma cells avoid targeted therapy?

iStock_000019071669XSmallThe team of scientists from The Department of Pathology at the University of California discovered the way in which brain cancer cells slip out drugs effect and thereby induce resistance to treatment. This mechanism depends on reducing the number of gene mutations targeted by drugs. When the therapy is finished, growth – inducing mutation is developed. The results of this study were published in Science magazine. Read full text »

Testosterone replacement therapy – safe or not?

medicine dopingA retrospective study conducted by researchers from Dallas on 8709 patients and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that testosterone replacement therapy in men with its deficiency is associated with a higher risk of death, myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke. Read full text »

Breakthrough in Parkinson’s disease treatment- gene therapy

American scientists succeeded in developing gene therapy owing to which Parkinson’s disease symptoms recede. The new method reduces movement disorders such as bradykinesia, muscle stiffness and tremor at rest as proved by research published in “Lancet Neurology”. Read full text »

Photodynamic therapy in oncology

Photodynamic therapy (called also PDT) is a treatment in which cancer cells previously sensitized to light can be destroyed by the radiation. This method is already used in Japan, USA, Canada, Australia and in Western Europe. Read full text »