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Lasers In Dental Diagnosis
Author(s): K. E. Everse; T. W. Sinor; E. R. Menzel
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Paper Abstract

We have investigated the potential of lasers for real time in situ dental diagnosis via transillumination of teeth and gums and via fluorescence. Not surprisingly, absorption and/or scattering of light by teeth was found to be insensitive to light color. However, monochromatic transillumination revealed detail better than white light. Transillumination of gums was best performed with orange-red light because of tissue absorption. Illumination of oral structures by 488 nm Ar-laser light was effective in revealing diagnosis detail by fluorescence. Incipient caries and fine tooth fracture lines that are generally not revealed by radiography were observable by laser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0743, Fluorescence Detection, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.966941
Show Author Affiliations
K. E. Everse, Texas Tech University (United States)
T. W. Sinor, The University of Texas at Dallas (United States)
E. R. Menzel, Texas Tech University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0743:
Fluorescence Detection
E. Roland Menzel, Editor(s)

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