A scientific uncertainty means that:
A checklist (AMSTAR) is used in appraising the quality of systematic literature reviews.
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Head of Department: Sofia Tranæus, firstname.lastname@example.org
Analyst: Frida Mowafi, email@example.com
Analyst: Stella Jacobson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caries are the most common cause of toothache and tooth loss. Lasers provide a new method to remove hard tissue in teeth damaged by caries. Drilling is the standard method to remove hard tissue in teeth. Laser (erbium laser) offers an alternative, but its use in Sweden is limited. Compared to drilling, lasers are quieter and vibrate less. Lasers have been promoted as a less painful treatment that reduces the need for local anaesthetic.
The scientific evidence is insufficient to appraise the effects of laser treatment for removal of caries.
Reliable studies about the effect of treatment are missing.
Effects on dental pulp, life of fillings
Note: Research that changes the status of the evidence could have been published after the date last reviewed.
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