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Measurement of the fluorescence of restorative dental materials using a 655-nm diode laser
Author(s): Fatima A. A. Zanin; Dilma Helena Souza-Campos; Sissi Zanin; Aldo Brugnera; Jesus Djalma Pecora; Antonio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro; Sonia Harari
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Paper Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the level of fluorescence of seven restorative materials using 655 nm diode laser. The laser fluorescence system has ben used as an auxiliary method for the detection of carious lesions. This new diagnostic method increases information which are important for the choice of treatment by the Dentist. The characteristic of restorative materials and sealers interferes in the values obtained by the apparatus during the detection of secondary carious lesions. The optical properties of each biological tissue or material are related to the interaction with the laser beam. Aware of that, the fluorescence of healthy dentin and enamel is 0-15, the authors determined the fluorescence of seven restorative materials with 10 teeth in each group. The laser reading scale differed according to the materia, ranging from 1 to 22 with several materials, for example the sealer without inorganic filler and the glass ionomer, showing fluorescence values similar to carious enamel which interferes with the readings around the restorations resulting in a false positive. Knowledge of restoration material fluorescence can aid in the detection of secondary carious lesions around the restorations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4249, Lasers in Dentistry VII, (27 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424492
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Fatima A. A. Zanin, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro ranco (Brazil)
Dilma Helena Souza-Campos, Univ. Camilo Castel Branco (Brazil)
Sissi Zanin, Univ. do Vale do Paraiba (Brazil)
Aldo Brugnera, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Jesus Djalma Pecora, Univ. de Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Antonio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro, Univ. do Vale do Paraiba and Univ. Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
Sonia Harari, Univ. Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4249:
Lasers in Dentistry VII
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried; Thomas Hennig, Editor(s)

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