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Treating Nerve Injury after Endodontic Microsurgery Using Laser Photobiomodulation: A Report of 2 Cases

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      The purpose of this case report was to inform dentists and dental specialists about a noninvasive, viable treatment option that could aid in the recovery of patients who have experienced iatrogenic nerve injuries. Nerve injury is an inherent risk of many dental procedures and a complication that can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life and activities of daily living. Managing neural injuries presents a challenge for clinicians because there are no standard protocols reported in the literature. Although spontaneous healing of these injuries can occur, the duration and degree of healing can vary greatly between individuals. Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy is used as an adjunct in medicine for functional nerve recovery. Once target tissues are illuminated with a low-level laser during PBM, the light energy is absorbed by the mitochondria causing adenosine triphosphate production, modulation of reactive oxygen species, and the release of nitric oxide. These cellular changes explain why PBM has been shown to aid in cell repair, vasodilation, a reduction in inflammation, accelerated healing, and an improvement in postoperative pain. This case report presents 2 patients with neurosensory alterations after endodontic microsurgery with a significant improvement in their condition after PBM treatment using a 940-nm diode laser.

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