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Effects of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser on enamel and dentin
Author(s): Terry D. Myers D.D.S.
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Paper Abstract

Enamel and dentin samples were exposed extraorally to a pulsed neodymium yttriuma1uminumgarnet (Nd:YAG) laser. The lased samples were observed using both scanning electron microscopy and histological techniques to determine the effects of the laser. The present study has provided the following points: (1) Properly treated, enamel can be 1aser etched to a depth comparable to that achieved with phosphoric acid etching; and (2) both carious and noncarious dentin can be vaporized by the Nd:YAG laser. No cracking or chipping of any enamel or dentin sample was observed histologically or under the SEM.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1200, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems II, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17490
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Terry D. Myers D.D.S., Institute for Laser Dentistry (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1200:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems II
Stephen N. Joffe M.D.; Kazuhiko Atsumi M.D., Editor(s)

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