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Influence of water spray on Er:YAG ablation of hard dental tissues
Author(s): Boris Majaron; Dusan Sustercic; Matjaz Lukac
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Paper Abstract

Influence of water-spray cooling on the efficiency of erbium laser ablation of hard dental tissues is investigated experimentally. Consecutive pulses from a dental Er:YAG laser system are applied to dentin and enamel surface in vitro. Depths and diameters of the resulting craters, obtained with and without the use of a pressurized air/water spray, are compared at single-pulse fluences from 10 to 140 J/cm2. Similar measurements are performed also with direct drilling of enamel with a fiber tip. The results show that direct interaction of the cooling water with the laser radiation increases the ablation efficiency for enamel, especially in fiber-tip drilling.

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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: 10.1117/12.297866
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Boris Majaron, Jozef Stefan Institute (Slovenia)
Dusan Sustercic, Univ. Dental Clinic (Slovenia)
Matjaz Lukac, Jozef Stafan Institute and Fontana d.d. (Slovenia)

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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