The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether low-level laser therapy improves healing of the implant surgical site with clinical and biochemical parameters. Thirty patients with an edentulous space spanning a single tooth were selected. The patients were randomly allocated to 1 of 2 groups: control group and test group. The test group received laser energy at a power of 2 J/cm2 with a total of 4–6 J energy over each implant. Clinical parameters (implant stability quotient, probing index, modified sulcus bleeding index) and osteoprotegerin were assessed at baseline and follow-up intervals (2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months). The test group showed significantly higher implant stability quotient than the control group at 2 weeks (57.93 ± 3.95 vs 35.67 ± 3.08; P < . 01) and 3 months (58.86 ± 3.75 vs 67.06 ± 3.78; P < . 01). A significant rise in osteoprotegerin levels of the test group (686.30 ± 125.36 pg/mL at baseline and 784.25 ± 108.30 pg/mL at 3 months; P < . 01) was seen contrary to significant decline in the control group (839.50 ± 249.08 pg/mL at baseline vs 415.30 ± 78.39 pg/mL at 3 months; P < . 01). Within the limitations of the study, the findings suggest that the healing of peri-implant hard and soft tissues may be enhanced with the use of low-level laser therapy as an explicit modality during the postoperative period.

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