Epiphyseal Cartilage – Bone Lengthening

Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2010 Jul 1;15(4):e616-8.

Histological evaluation of the effect of low-level laser on distraction osteogenesis in rabbit mandibles.

Kreisner PE, Blaya DS, Gaião L, Maciel-Santos ME, Etges A, Santana-Filho M,

de Oliveira MG. School of Dentistry, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.


OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the action of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on the percentage of newly formed bone in rabbit mandibles that underwent distraction osteogenesis (DO).

STUDY DESIGN: Ten rabbits underwent bone lengthening according to the following protocol: Latency – 3 days; Activation – 7 days 0.7 mm/d; and Consolidation – 10 days. The control group was composed of 4 rabbits. The experimental group, composed of 6 rabbits, received infrared GaAlAs LLLT (wavelength=830 nm, P=40 mW) according to the following protocol: point dose of 10 J/cm(2) applied directly on the bone site that underwent DO during bone consolidation at 48-hour intervals.

RESULTS: The percentage of newly formed bone was greater in the LLLT group (57.89%) than in the control group (46.75%) (p=0.006).

CONCLUSION: The results suggest that LLLT had a positive effect on the percentage of newly formed bone. Better-quality bone sites may allow early removal of the osteogenic distractors, thus shortening total treatment time.

Photomed Laser Surg. 2010 Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Effect of GaAlAs Laser Irradiation on the Epiphyseal Cartilage of Rats.

Cressoni MD, Giusti HH, Pião AC, de Paiva Carvalho RL, Anaruma CA, Casarotto RA.

1 Department of Physiotherapy, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract Objective: To study the effect of an 830-nm gallium-aluminum-arsenic (GaAlAs) diode laser at two different energy densities (5 and 15 J/cm(2)) on the epiphyseal cartilage of rats by evaluating bone length and the number of chondrocytes and thickness of each zone of the epiphyseal cartilage.

Background Data: Few studies have been conducted on the effects of low-level laser therapy on the epiphyseal cartilage at different irradiation doses.

Materials and Methods: A total of 30 male Wistar rats with 23 days of age and weighing 90 g on average were randomly divided into 3 groups: control group (CG, no stimulation), G5 group (energy density, 5 J/cm(2)), and G15 group (energy density, 15 J/cm(2)). Laser treatment sessions were administered every other day for a total of 10 sessions. The animals were killed 24 h after the last treatment session. Histological slides of the epiphyseal cartilage were stained with hematoxylin-eosin (HE), photographed with a Zeiss photomicroscope, and subjected to histometric and histological analyses. Statistical analysis was performed using one-way analysis of variance followed by Tukey’s post hoc test. All statistical tests were performed at a significance level of 0.05.

Results: Histological analysis and x-ray radiographs revealed an increase in thickness of the epiphyseal cartilage and in the number of chondrocytes in the G5 and G15 groups.

Conclusion: The 830-nm GaAlAs diode laser, within the parameters used in this study, induced changes in the thickness of the epiphyseal cartilage and increased the number of chondrocytes, but this was not sufficient to induce changes in bone length.

J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2007 Feb;65(2):168-76.

Low-level laser effect on mandibular distraction osteogenesis.

Miloro M, Miller JJ, Stoner JA.

Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5180, USA. mmiloro@unmc.edu


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether low-level laser (LLL) application during distraction osteogenesis could accelerate bone regeneration and decrease the length of the consolidation phase and thereby reduce potential patient morbidity.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine adult female New Zealand white rabbits underwent bilateral mandibular corticotomies and placement of unidirectional distraction devices (KLS-Martin LP, Jacksonville, FL). Each rabbit served as its own internal control. After a latency of 1 day, distraction progressed bilaterally at 1 mm per day for 10 days. Immediately after each device activation, the experimental side, chosen randomly, was treated with real LLL (Laser Medical Systems, Hedehusene, Denmark) of 6.0 J x 6 transmucosal sites in the area of the distraction gap. Radiographs were taken presurgically, immediately postsurgically, and weekly until sacrifice, and the bone was analyzed using a semiquantitative 4-point scale (Bone Healing Score [BHS]). Three animals each were sacrificed at 2, 4, and 6 weeks postdistraction, and each hemimandible was prepared for histologic examination in a blinded fashion.

RESULTS: Ten millimeters of distraction was achieved in each rabbit bilaterally. Radiographically, the BHS was higher for the LLL-treated group at all time periods. Histologically, the area of new bone trabeculation and ossification was more advanced for the LLL-treated group, with less intervening fibrovascular intermediate zone in the bony regenerate, at all time periods. The formation of a complete inferior border occurred sooner in the treatment group than in the controls.

CONCLUSIONS: LLL accelerates the process of bone regeneration during the consolidation phase after distraction osteogenesis. The adjunctive use of LLL may allow a shortened period of consolidation and therefore permit earlier device removal, with the avoidance of morbidity associated with prolonged device retention.