22 December 1997 Influence of water spray on Er:YAG ablation of hard dental tissues
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Influence of water-spray cooling on the efficiency of erbium laser ablation of hard dental tissues is investigated experimentally. Consecutive pulses from a dental Er:YAG laser system are applied to dentin and enamel surface in vitro. Depths and diameters of the resulting craters, obtained with and without the use of a pressurized air/water spray, are compared at single-pulse fluences from 10 to 140 J/cm2. Similar measurements are performed also with direct drilling of enamel with a fiber tip. The results show that direct interaction of the cooling water with the laser radiation increases the ablation efficiency for enamel, especially in fiber-tip drilling.
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Boris Majaron, Boris Majaron, Dusan Sustercic, Dusan Sustercic, Matjaz Lukac, Matjaz Lukac, "Influence of water spray on Er:YAG ablation of hard dental tissues", Proc. SPIE 3192, Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy, (22 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.297866; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.297866

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