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Amir Yari, Laser therapy

A new publication by Dr. Amir Yari et al. on the effect of low-level laser therapy (photobiomodulation) on the neurosensory disturbance of the jaw and lower lip. Laser therapy has the potential to provide us with the most conservative and efficient treatment strategy in cases of orofacial nerve injuries.

Amir Yari, Laser therapy
Amir Yari, Laser therapy


Background: Third molar removal is the primary reason for inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) damage, with 2% causing persistent neurosensory deficits. This study aimed to investigate how delayed photobiomodulation therapy affects long-lasting neurosensory disturbances.

Methods: This study was conducted on patients with neurosensory disturbances lasting longer than 6 months. Patients were randomly allocated to the study and control groups, with the study group receiving a low-power diode laser (continuous wavelength of 810 nm, power of 200 mW) on 16 points (30 sec at each) for 12 sessions (2 sessions/week), while the control group received a placebo treatment by switched-off laser probe. Visual analog scale (VAS; ranging from 1 to 5), static light touch, two-point discrimination, direction discrimination, pinprick, and thermal discrimination tests were performed on each visit up to 9 months post-therapy to evaluate the recovery status.

Results: Each group comprised 18 participants. The mean time since injury was 8.26 ± 2.05 and 8.38 ± 1.98 months for the control and intervention groups, respectively (p = 0.81). There was a significant improvement in the intervention group on the static light touch (p = 0.041), two-point discrimination (p = 0.028), VAS (p = 0.031), and pinprick (p = 0.014) tests on the 11th session and subsequent visits and also on direction discrimination test on the 12th session (p = 0.044) and after that. There was no significant difference in the thermal discrimination tests between the two groups (p > 0.05).

Conclusion: Photobiomodulation demonstrated potential benefits in resolving persistent neurosensory deficits of the IAN, with noticeable improvements typically observed after around 35 days of treatment initiation (10 sessions).

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