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Laser interaction with dental soft tissues: What do we know from our years of applied scientific research?
Author(s): Joel M. White; Diana Gekelman; Keum-Back Shin; June-Sung Park; Theresa O. Swenson; Brant P. Rouse; Kim T. Tran; Sean L. Bullard; L. Billal Scott-Beckles; Marvin G. Oto; Joyce S. Buhler; Andrew Yamamoto
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Paper Abstract

A variety of lasers are used for many oral soft tissue procedures. Each dental laser has specific parameters giving a wide range of operation. Lasers such as the carbon dioxide, argon and diode operate in continuous wave, while Nd:YAG, Er:YAG, Ho:YAG, and Er,Cr:YSGG are free-running pulsed lasers with high peak power and very short pulse duration. Laser tissue interaction is basically a photothermal effect and the biologic effect is dependent on the laser operating parameters, such as emission wavelength, power, emission mode, pulse duration, energy/pulse, energy density, duration of exposure, total energy and tissue characteristics. This article reviews current knowledge of laser parameters, laser-tissue interaction and applied preclinical and clinical safety and effectiveness scientific support.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 June 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4610, Lasers in Dentistry VIII, (3 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469331
Show Author Affiliations
Joel M. White, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Diana Gekelman, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Keum-Back Shin, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
June-Sung Park, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Theresa O. Swenson, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Brant P. Rouse, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Kim T. Tran, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Sean L. Bullard, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
L. Billal Scott-Beckles, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Marvin G. Oto, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Joyce S. Buhler, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)
Andrew Yamamoto, Univ. of California/San Francisco School of Dentistry (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4610:
Lasers in Dentistry VIII
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried; Thomas Hennig, Editor(s)

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