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28 February 2019 Selective removal of dental calculus with a diode-pumped Er:YAG laser
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Proceedings Volume 10857, Lasers in Dentistry XXV; 108570M (2019) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2512937
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2019, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
Selective removal of dental calculus with high precision is best accomplished using lasers operating at high pulse repetition rates focused to a small spot size to limit damage to sound tissues. Conventional flashlamp pumped Er:YAG lasers are poorly suited for this purpose, but new diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) Er:YAG lasers have become available operating at high pulse repetition rates. The purpose of this study was to determine if image-guided laser ablation can be used to selectively remove calculus from tooth surfaces with minimal damage to the underlying sound cementum and dentin. A DPSS Er:YAG laser system was used to selectively remove calculus from ten extracted teeth using sequential SWIR images at 1500-1750-nm. The selectivity of removal was assessed using digital microscopy and optical coherence tomography. Calculus was removed with minimal damage to the underlying sound cementum and dentin.
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William A. Fried, Kenneth H. Chan, Cynthia L. Darling, and Daniel Fried "Selective removal of dental calculus with a diode-pumped Er:YAG laser", Proc. SPIE 10857, Lasers in Dentistry XXV, 108570M (28 February 2019); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2512937
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