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Effect of a new carbon dioxide laser treatment on dissolution profiles of dental enamel
Author(s): John D. B. Featherstone; Charles Q. Le; Daniel Fried
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Paper Abstract

Previous studies have shown that pretreatment of dental enamel by specific carbon dioxide laser conditions inhibited subsequent acid dissolution of the enamel surface. The aim of the present study was to examine the dissolution profiles following irradiation by a new short pulse carbon dioxide laser treatment. Bovine enamel blocks were irradiated at 9.6 μm with a 5-8 μs or a 20-30 μs pulse duration laser using overlapping spots, and a range of fluences. Dissolution profiles were measured in an acetate buffer. Higher fluences produced rapid initial dissolution followed by a plateau with a low dissolution rate. For caries inhibition purposes the high solubility decomposition phases need to be avoided or removed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 July 2003
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4950, Lasers in Dentistry IX, (3 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479755
Show Author Affiliations
John D. B. Featherstone, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Charles Q. Le, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)
Daniel Fried, Univ. of California/San Francisco (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4950:
Lasers in Dentistry IX
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried; Thomas Hennig, Editor(s)

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