Removal of partially erupted third molars using an erbium (Er): YAG laser: a randomised controlled clinical trial

Abu-Serriah, M., Critchlow, H., Whitters, C.J. and Ayoub, A.F. (2004) Removal of partially erupted third molars using an erbium (Er): YAG laser: a randomised controlled clinical trial. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 42(3), 203 -208. (doi:10.1016/j.bjoms.2004.02.006)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bjoms.2004.02.006

Abstract

We compared Erbium (Er):YAG laser with a surgical bur for removal of partially erupted lower third molars. Patients were randomised to be treated by either laser or bur. A total of 42 patients (laser=22; bur=20) were treated. A greater reduction in the range of mouth opening was found after laser than after bur treatment. Postoperative pain was more common after bur treatment. The duration of operation was considerably longer with laser than with bur. No persistent complications were encountered.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ayoub, Professor Ashraf and Critchlow, Mr Howard
Authors: Abu-Serriah, M., Critchlow, H., Whitters, C.J., and Ayoub, A.F.
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
ISSN:0266-4356

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