Peter Rechmann Heinrich-Heine-Univ. School of Dentistry (United States) Dan S. Goldin Heinrich-Heine-Univ. School of Dentistry (Germany) Thomas Hennig Heinrich-Heine-Univ. School of Dentistry and Institute of Laser Medicine (Germany)
Aim of this presentation is to review the role of the Er:YAG laser in dentistry and to give a general overview on the work done with it up to date. A look at the development and evolution of this system is given as well as a brief introduction into the basic principles of ablation at the characteristic wavelength 2.94 micrometer. The more important research reports of the different groups all over the world are summarized and the large field of applications such as cavity preparation, caries ablation, periodontology and bacterial reduction is considered.