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Ablation by-products of dental materials from the Er:YAG laser and the dental handpiece
Author(s): Harvey A. Wigdor; Steven R. Visuri; Joseph T. Walsh
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Paper Abstract

Recently there has been much interest in lasers and their potential use to replace the dental drill. The research has been directed towards vital dental tissues. It must be understood that any laser to be used in dentistry which will replace the dental drill must also ablate and remove existing dental materials. Some concern exists about the ablation products when the Er:YAG laser is used to ablate dental materials. It is incumbent on the professionals using these lasers to understand the materials being produced by these lasers and protect themselves and their patients from possible toxic products. It is the intent of this paper to evaluate the products produced by the ablation of both dental amalgam and composite dental restorative materials and compare them with those produced by the traditional dental handpiece (drill).

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2394, Lasers in Dentistry, (1 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207446
Show Author Affiliations
Harvey A. Wigdor, Ravenswood Hospital Medical Ctr. (United States)
Steven R. Visuri, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Joseph T. Walsh, Northwestern Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2394:
Lasers in Dentistry
Harvey A. Wigdor; John D. B. Featherstone; Joel M. White, Editor(s)

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