The present state of CO2 and Nd-YAG laser therapy in our clinic

K. Iijima, H. Shiba, S. Asanami, T. Nomoto

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Our experience of oromaxillary surgery on 108 patients using CO2 laser scalpel led to the following results. 1. Minimum bleeding during surgery shortens operation time. 2. The wound healing after laser surgery was favorable and less tissue damage was observed compared with conventional electric scalpel. 3. No wound infection was observed because of potential bactericidal effect of laser. 4. Less pain reports after laser surgery. 5. The local control in patients with malignancy after surgery was successful. Our experience with YAG laser system and contact rod led to the following results. 1. Contact surgery has advantages for less risk of erroneous shots, handling with ease even in a small operative field, and precise surgery. 2. The depth of cutting can be adjusted. 3. Bleeding is extremely minimum. 4. Smoke of coagulation is small. 5. Extensive necrosis of the tissue can be elicited. Based on our experience of the use of the two different laser systems for oromaxillary surgery, they beneficial in reducing blood loss, shortening operation time, and successful local control of malignant tumors, comparable to the characteristic of laser surgery. Comparing CO2 laser with Nd-YAG laser, the former seems useful in extensive resection requiring strong cutting power and also in vaporizing superficial mucosal lesions, while the latter seems warranted for a minor surgery using a contact road.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLasers in dentistry
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the International Congress of Laser in Dentistry. ICS850
EditorsH. Yamamoto, K. Atsumi, H. Kusakari, M. Shimakura, T. Kayano
PublisherElsevier Science Publishers B.V.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0444810927, 9780444810922
Publication statusPublished - 1989
EventThe International Congress of Laser in Dentistry - Tokyo, JAPAN
Duration: 1988 Aug 51988 Aug 6


ConferenceThe International Congress of Laser in Dentistry
CityTokyo, JAPAN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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