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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 6-10

Radiosurgery in periodontics: Have we forgotten it?

Department of Periodontics, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Center, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Duddukuri Hema
Department of Periodontics, Panineeya Institute of Dental Sciences and Research Center, Road Number 5, VR Colony, Kamala Nagar, Kothapet, Hyderabad - 500 060, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_48_20

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Radiosurgery (RS) has evolved from electrosurgery and uses ultra-high-frequency radio waves at a frequency ranging from 3 to 4 MHz. It is used to address numerous soft-tissue concerns in dentistry and as well as medicine with excellent and predictable results. A review of the indexed literature disclosed that RS has been employed for various periodontal procedures such as gingivectomy, gingivoplasty, crown lengthening, minimally invasive closed osteotomy, frenectomies, operculectomies, depigmentation, gingival curettage, periodontal flap procedures, mucogingival surgeries, harvesting soft-tissue grafts, and also in implantology. Reduced lateral heat production with minimal tissue damage, faster healing, availability of specialized electrodes, increased perception, and cost-effectiveness are some of the notable advantages of RS. The evidence available implies that RS when used appropriately might be a better and economical alternative to a scalpel, electrosurgery, and laser. Inadequate knowledge on the use of this treatment modality due to short of research conducted in this area could be the reason behind it becoming obsolete. This review is an attempt to reminiscence the uses of this versatile tool in periodontal therapy and reinstate its use in present-day clinical practice.

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