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HealthLight

01/31/2008

Question:

A friend of mine has recommended using the HealthLight System as a means of speeding up the healing process following the extraction of 4 wisdom teeth. I have been using it with ice and prescribed antibiotics. Wondered whether you had had any commentary on this. Kind regards.

Answer:

I have never heard of the use of HealthLight in dental treatment. I believe it is an infrared light source. Light energy sources, such as lasers, have been shown to aid and increase the rate of healing. I doubt that it would do any harm, but I have not seen any information that has shown a benefit for this particular situation. There are indications that HealthLight does aid in wound healing.

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Response by:

D Stanley Sharples, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University