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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 84-90

Role of Photo Dynamic Therapy as an adjunct in periodontal therapy

1 Department of Periodontology, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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T Prasanth
Department of Periodontology, Armed Forces Medical College, Wanowrie, Pune - 411 040, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jodd.jodd_44_21

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Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) is an emerging treatment modality in the field of Dentistry aimed at reducing the microbial load and accelerating the healing process, thereby widening its application base in the field of periodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, pedodontics, etc. The process involves the blending of a nontoxic photosensitizer dye with a suitable wavelength of a visible low-level laser, this combination helps in the formation of the reactive oxygen species, which causes lethal and irreversible damage to the bacterial cell. Various dyes and light sources of different wavelengths are used in several permutation and combination to achieve the desired results. In periodontology, aPDT has been used as an adjunct in the treatment of chronic periodontitis, peri-implantitis, red and white lesions etc. The aim of this case report was to highlight the uses of aPDT in such cases.

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