Pesquisa Odontológica Brasileira
Print version ISSN 1517-7491
PUGLIESE, Lívia Souza; MEDRADO, Alena Peixoto; REIS, Sílvia Regina de Almeida and ANDRADE, Zilton de Araújo. The influence of low-level laser therapy on biomodulation of collagen and elastic fibers. Pesqui. Odontol. Bras. [online]. 2003, vol.17, n.4, pp. 307-313. ISSN 1517-7491. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-74912003000400003.
The study of low-level laser therapy upon extracellular matrix elements is important to understand the wound healing process under this agent. However, little is known about the interference of laser light in relation to collagen and elastic fibers. Cutaneous wounds were performed on the back of 72 Wistar rats and a Ga-Al-As low-level laser was punctually applied with different energy densities. The animals were killed after 24, 48, 72 hours and 5, 7 and 14 days. Tissues were stained with hematoxilin-eosin, sirius red fast green and orcein and then analyzed. It was observed that the treated group exhibited larger reduction of edema and inflammatory infiltrate. The treated animals presented a larger expression of collagen and elastic fibers, although without statistical significance (p > 0.05). Treatment with a dosage of 4 J/cm² exhibited more expressive results than that with 8 J/cm². In this study, the authors concluded that low-level laser therapy contributed to a larger expression of collagen and elastic fibers during the early phases of the wound healing process.
Keywords : Lasers; Laser therapy; low-level; Wound healing; Collagen.