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Dynamic characterization of teeth by laser vibrometry
Author(s): Paolo Castellini; G. Miglietta; Gian Marco Revel; Lorenzo Scalise
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Paper Abstract

The use of air compressed, high rotational velocity drill and of ultrasound devices in the dentist practice can cause pain for the patient and damage to the tooth structure. The authors in this paper have investigated the possible cause of these problems: the vibrations caused by the drill exciting the tooth. Particular attention has been dedicated to the frequency behavior of teeth, in order to individualize their frequency resonances. A method for the investigation of human teeth dynamic response, in terms of natural frequencies and modal shapes has been proposed. Very short laser pulses have been used to excite teeth vibrations and a scanning laser doppler vibrometer to measure the dynamic response. An assessment of the amplitude of the characteristics of the excitation has been done using the theory of the impulse response function in such a way as to calculate the frequency response of the teeth. The results measured have been compared. Results permit to extract information extremely useful for the design of devices used in the dentist practice.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1998
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3411, Third International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications, (1 June 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.307744
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Paolo Castellini, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)
G. Miglietta, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)
Gian Marco Revel, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)
Lorenzo Scalise, Univ. degli Studi di Ancona (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3411:
Third International Conference on Vibration Measurements by Laser Techniques: Advances and Applications
Enrico Primo Tomasini, Editor(s)

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