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Basics of the application of pulsed lasers in dentistry
Author(s): Thomas Hennig; Peter Rechmann D.D.S.
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Paper Abstract

The basic laser ablation processes of dental hard tissue will be reviewed. Pulse lengths covered in this presentation range from some femto seconds to the cw-mode, wavelengths from the ultraviolet to the infrared spectral domain. The underlying tissue removal mechanisms extend from surface evaporation, to photochemical processes, to mediated explosive ablation, to plasma processes. The most effective mechanism is the explosive process. Highly controlled tissue removal at low ablation rate can be obtained using plasma mediated ablation. Good tissue specivity characterizes the ablation in the near UV region of the spectrum.

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Date Published: 3 December 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2922, Laser Applications in Medicine and Dentistry, (3 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.260661
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Thomas Hennig, Institut fuer Lasermedizin/Heinrich-Heine Univ. (Germany)
Peter Rechmann D.D.S., Heinrich-Heine Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2922:
Laser Applications in Medicine and Dentistry
Gregory B. Altshuler; Fausto Chiesa; Herbert J. Geschwind M.D.; Raimund Hibst; Neville Krasner M.D.; Frederic Laffitte; Giulio Maira; Reinhard Neumann; Roberto Pini; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Andre Roggan; Montserrat Serra I Mila, Editor(s)

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