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Dentin ablation-rate measurements in endodontics witj HF and CO2 laser radiation
Author(s): Mersini I. Makropoulou; Alexander A. Serafetinides; Marouan Khabbaz; Sotirios Sykaras; G. N. Tsikrikas
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Paper Abstract

Recent studies focused on the ability of the laser light to enlarge the root canal during the endodontic therapy. The aim of this research is the experimental and theoretical study of the ablation rate of two infrared laser wavelengths on dentin. Thirty freshly extracted human teeth were longitudinally sectioned at thicknesses ranged from 0.5 to 2 mm, and irradiated on the root canal dentin. The measured ablation rates in dentinal wall of the root canal showed that the HF laser at 2.9 micrometer can more effectively penetrate into the tissue, whereas the carbon dioxide laser at 10.6 micrometer leads to high thermal damage of the ablation crater surroundings.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1996
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2623, Medical Applications of Lasers III, (19 January 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.230332
Show Author Affiliations
Mersini I. Makropoulou, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Alexander A. Serafetinides, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Marouan Khabbaz, Univ of Athens (Greece)
Sotirios Sykaras, Univ of Athens (Greece)
G. N. Tsikrikas, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2623:
Medical Applications of Lasers III
Stephen G. Bown; Herbert J. Geschwind M.D.; Raimund Hibst; Frederic Laffitte; Giulio Maira; Roberto Pini; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Hans H. Scherer M.D.; Pasquale Spinelli, Editor(s)

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