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Aim: This current study is intended to assess the effectiveness of low level lasers in the management of recurrent aphthous stomatitis.
Materials and Method: The current study was undertaken on 30 healthy individuals who were diagnosed with recurrent aphthous stomatitis and were managed with low level laser therapy. Subjects were categorized into 3 groups randomly. Group I included 10 patients who were diagnosed with minor aphthae while Group II included 10 patients who were diagnosed with major aphthae and Group III included 10 patients who were diagnosed with herpetiform aphthae. All the patients were managed with low level laser therapy. In due course, the pain was evaluated with the aid of VAS scale regularly at periodic intervals postoperatively and analyzed.
Results: Majority of the lesions in Group I were noted on the labial mucosa while in Group II majority of the lesions were noted on the labial mucosa and tongue while in Group III majority of the lesions were noted on the upper attached gingiva. The results of this study revealed that the pain in the immediate phase and late phase was significantly less in all patients following the use of low level lasers.
Conclusion: Low level lasers could be employed as a viable treatment option considering its confined effects in addition to causing no harm to the surrounding tissues.