1 June 1990 Effects of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser on enamel and dentin
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Abstract
Enamel and dentin samples were exposed extraorally to a pulsed neodymium yttriuma1uminumgarnet (Nd:YAG) laser. The lased samples were observed using both scanning electron microscopy and histological techniques to determine the effects of the laser. The present study has provided the following points: (1) Properly treated, enamel can be 1aser etched to a depth comparable to that achieved with phosphoric acid etching; and (2) both carious and noncarious dentin can be vaporized by the Nd:YAG laser. No cracking or chipping of any enamel or dentin sample was observed histologically or under the SEM.
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Terry D. Myers, "Effects of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser on enamel and dentin", Proc. SPIE 1200, Laser Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems II, (1 June 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17490; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.17490
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