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Quality of linear incisions performed by dental students using Er:YAG laser in soft tissue
Author(s): Moacyr Domingos Novelli; Mayra Torres Vasques; Daiane Thaís Meneguzzo; Ana Cecília Corrêa Aranha; Luciana Corrêa
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Paper Abstract

Introduction: New technologies in dental practice, such as laser, have enabled new strategies to be established in dental education. The aim of this study was to analyze the difficulties that dental students encountered with performing surgical incisions using Er:YAG laser (LE), and the morphology of these incisions. Material and Methods: Sixteen undergraduate dental students and ten dental professionals (DP) enrolled at The Master of Science Program in Laser Dentistry were asked to perform 15 incisions using an LE and 15 with a conventional scalpel. The incisions were compared, based on the shape factor (relation between area and perimeter), which was obtained by a digital image system and by a morphometry software. Data was submitted to statistical analysis of variance (p 0.05). Results: Considering the incisions performed by scalpel, DP showed statistically significant differences (p < 0.01) in relation to control group (CG). Considering the LE, all groups showed significant differences (p<0.0001) in relation to CG, especially the DP group. The main laser technical failures were performing an incision that was not in a straight line, without defined borders, using an inconstant cutting speed, and absence of suction and water jet appliances. None of the groups performed adequate incisions using LE. Conclusion: Greater emphasis is required in relating laser therapy practice to the physical properties of laser, particularly for dental professionals that specialize in laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6843, Lasers in Dentistry XIV, 68430H (27 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.763500
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Moacyr Domingos Novelli, Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Mayra Torres Vasques, Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Daiane Thaís Meneguzzo, IPEN-CNEN/Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Ana Cecília Corrêa Aranha, Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil)
Luciana Corrêa, Univ. of Sao Paulo (Brazil)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6843:
Lasers in Dentistry XIV
Peter Rechmann; Daniel Fried, Editor(s)

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