22 December 1997 Laser dental decay prevention: does it have a future?
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Previous studies have recorded the reduction of caries-like lesions or demineralization in extracted human teeth that have been irradiated using CO2, Nd:YAG and Argon lasers, with CO2 or Argon showing up to 40 - 50% reduction. By adding a chemical inhibitor, such as DAC or fluoride to lasing procedures, the demineralization can be reduced 60 - 80%. Studies have demonstrated the laser safety for Argon and CO2 laser in these procedures. Clinical trials are being initiated to evaluate acid resistance of enamel exposed to laser radiation. This presentation will review prior results and present our current findings.
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G. Lynn Powell, G. Lynn Powell, } "Laser dental decay prevention: does it have a future?", Proc. SPIE 3192, Medical Applications of Lasers in Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dentistry, and Endoscopy, (22 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.297858; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.297858


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