Stefan Gherasimescu, Doriana Agop-Forna, Alin Odor
ABSTRACT Aim. The aim of study is to highlight the advantages of laser-assisted surgical procedures (frenectomy) in the pro prosthetic stage by comparing the postoperative evolution with classic surgical procedures. Materials and method. 20 patients (age range from 16 to 48) were randomly divided in a test group (laser-assisted frenectomy) and a control group (scalpel frenectomy). The laser frenectomy was performed using 2780nm Er,Cr:YSGG laser WaterLase (BioLase, USA). The healing time and postoperative VAS indices (pain intensity) and discomfort were compared between groups at 1 days, 3 days and 7 days. Results. The mean VAS indices and discomfort degrees were lower for laser-assisted frenectomy comparing with control group, at all the recorded time intervals. The healing time was lower (12,8 days) in laser-assisted frenectomy comparing with scalpel technique (17,2 days). Conclusion. The laser-assisted frenectomy performed with erbium laser has significant clinical benefits over scalpel technique related both to the postoperative parameters and healing time.