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Application of lasers in endodontics
Author(s): Thomas P. Ertl; Hartmut Benthin; Boris Majaron; Gerhard J. Mueller
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Paper Abstract

Root canal treatment is still a problem in dentistry. Very often the conventional treatment fails and several treatment sessions are necessary to save the tooth from root resection or extraction. Application of lasers may help in this situation. Bacteria reduction has been demonstrated both in vitro and clinically and is either based on laser induced thermal effects or by using an ultraviolet light source. Root canal cleansing is possible by Er:YAG/YSGG-Lasers, using the hydrodynamic motion of a fluid filled in the canals. However root canal shaping using lasers is still a problem. Via falsas and fiber breakage are points of research.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 1997
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3192, Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy, (22 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.297859
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas P. Ertl, Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Hartmut Benthin, Laser- und Medizin Technologie gGmbH (Germany)
Boris Majaron, Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)
Gerhard J. Mueller, Laser- und Medizin-Technologie gGmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3192:
Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy
Gregory B. Altshuler; Reginald Birngruber; Marco Dal Fante; Raimund Hibst; Herbert Hoenigsmann; Neville Krasner M.D.; Frederic Laffitte, Editor(s)

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