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How effective is photo-activated disinfection therapy for dental surgery?

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This summary is based on the Rapid Response report published by the Canadian Agency for Drug and Technologies in Health (CADTH): Photo-Activated Disinfection Therapy for Dental Surgery: Review of the Clinical Effectiveness (September 2013)

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Research Question

What is the evidence for the clinical effectiveness and safety of photo-activated disinfection therapy (PDT) to reduce the bacterial load and decrease surgical infections for patients undergoing dental surgery?

Key Findings  

Two studies were included that evaluated the technology as an adjunct to surgical periodontal treatment. The available evidence showed that the use of this technology as an adjunct to the surgical periodontal treatment did not ameliorate patient’s outcomes more than what was seen with the conventional surgical periodontal treatment.

 

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