15 May 1997 Use of CO2 laser in pit and fissure caries prevention: clinical evaluation
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Proceedings Volume 2973, Lasers in Dentistry III; (1997) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.273579
Event: BiOS '97, Part of Photonics West, 1997, San Jose, CA, United States
Abstract
In this four-year follow up in vivo controlled study, 112 human permanent first molars, from children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old were used to investigate the viability of the CO2 laser in promoting carie-free occlusal surfaces in permanent molars, as an isolated form of treatment or associated with conventional fissure sealants. The findings suggest that occlusal caries prevention only by means of CO2 laser irradiation is not effective; that the utilization of photo-activated sealants, as well as its association with CO2 laser, applied over the occlusal fissures, are effective means of preventing occlusal caries and that the application of CO2 laser over occlusal fissures, prior to the application of a photo-activated fissure sealant, improves the retention of the sealant.
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Aldo Brugnera, Naomi Rosso, Danilo Duarte, Antonio Carlos Guedes Pinto, Walter J. Genovese, "Use of CO2 laser in pit and fissure caries prevention: clinical evaluation", Proc. SPIE 2973, Lasers in Dentistry III, (15 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273579; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.273579
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