Laser-Lok has been shown to:
- Inhibit epithelial downgrowth 11,27
- Attract a physical connective tissue attachment 11,27
- Preserve the coronal level of bone 11,27
In a recent study, Laser-Lok abutments and standard abutments were randomly placed on implants with a grit-blasted surface to evaluate the differences. In this proof-of-principle study, a small band of Laser-Lok microchannels was shown to inhibit epithelial downgrowth and establish a connective tissue attachment similar to Laser-Lok implants. 1
The connective tissue attachment was established above the dental implant-abutment connection and even on implants with a machined collar.1 The resulting crestal bone levels were higher than what was seen with standard abutments and provides some insight into the role soft tissue stability may play in maintaining crestal bone health.
Images courtesy of Myron Nevins, DDS 27