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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

An Introduction To Photodynamic Medicine

“There are two kinds of light — the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures”

The Periowave light diffusing tip delivers light to the treatment area, powering the photodynamic reaction without heat or generating resista

James Thurber was almost certainly unaware of photodynamic medicine when he authored that quote in 1963, or else he might have added a 3rd type of light – the glimmer that heals. Loosely put, the word photodynamic means using light to cause an action or effect.  This definition, though simple, succinctly summarizes the concept of photodynamic medicine – a set of therapies that leverages visible light to create a targeted, potent effect. So how can simple light in the range of red to violet (the kind we can see) generate a clinical effect?  Save for a select group of therapies, some more reputable than others, it cannot…on its own. Read more »

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