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Ablation of hard dental tissues by ArF and XeCl excimer lasers
Author(s): Marco Melis; Gianmarco Berna; Norberto Berna; Alessandro Benvenuti; Sebastiano Tosto; Rosanna Larciprete; Fabrizio Pierdominici
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Paper Abstract

The paper investigates the effects of UV laser irradiation on hard dental tissues. 12 sagittal cross sections 1 mm thick of teet extracted have been irradiated with pulsed ArF (A.=193 nm) and XeCl (A.=308 nm) excimer lasers. The beam has been focused to obtain a spot of about 1 mm on the enamel and dentin of the teet. The depth and the internal profile of the holes have been measured with a profilometer and correlated with the number of pulses and beam energy for each wavelength. No cracks were induced by thermal stresses nor preferential concentrations of Ca and F have been evidenced on the enamel and dentin after UV irradiation. These results show that the ablation of hard dental material can be successfully carried out with excimer laser irradiation without heat damage of the underlying tissues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2128, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV, (7 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184917
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Marco Melis, Rome Univ. (Italy)
Gianmarco Berna, Rome Univ. (Italy)
Norberto Berna, Rome Univ. (Italy)
Alessandro Benvenuti, Rome Univ. (Italy)
Sebastiano Tosto, ENEA INN/CRE Casaccia (Italy)
Rosanna Larciprete, ENEA INN/CRE Frascati (Italy)
Fabrizio Pierdominici, ENEA INN/CRE Casaccia (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2128:
Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems IV
R. Rox Anderson; R. Rox Anderson, Editor(s)

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