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Periowave™ Case Study- Gingival Inflammation and Pain Due to Oral Lichen Planus

Case Report

This is the case of a 72-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with a complaint of gingival pain on 11 and 21 during eating and brushing. She had no significant medical history (Figure 1.1). She described discomfort from 11, 21 for the previous six months. Incisional biopsies were performed, and immunofluorescence suggested oral lichen planus. Since there is no cure for OLP, attempts were made to treat the symptoms with Lidex® and later tacrolimus, though these measures provided no relief.

PeriowaveTM Treatment and Results

The patient underwent one treatment session with PeriowaveTM. Within one week following PeriowaveTM therapy, the gingival inflammation had resolved (Figure 1.2) and the patient experienced complete relief from the presenting complaint of pain.

Figure 1.1 – Pre-treatment gingival inflammation due to OLP Figure 1.2 – Post-treatment resolution of gingival inflammation

Gum Disease and Its Link to Strokes

As the daughter of a periodontist, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of gum disease is the horrific sight of bleeding gums and exposed teeth shining from my mother’s computer screen as she’s making dinner.

Obviously, gum disease is much more complex and important than its role as food for my childhood nightmares. Tooth and gum infections are of bacterial origin, and can develop slowly and without pain, making the consequences all the more drastic. As explained by Health Canada: “By the time the infection becomes apparent, you could be in danger of losing your teeth.” [i] Gum disease attacks the point of attachment between your teeth and gums, and usually begins with plaque buildups in that area of the mouth, which hardens when teeth are not cleaned properly.[ii]

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