24 March 2000 IR laser ablation of dental enamel
Author Affiliations +
Proceedings Volume 3910, Lasers in Dentistry VI; (2000) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.380820
Event: BiOS 2000 The International Symposium on Biomedical Optics, 2000, San Jose, CA, United States
An overview of the basic mechanisms of IR laser ablation of dental enamel is presented. Enamel is a highly structured tissue consisting of an heterogeneous distribution of water, mineral, protein and lipid. Absorption bands of water and carbonated hydroxyapatite can be selectively targeted from 2.7 to 11-micrometer via several laser wavelengths. Mechanistic differences in the nature of ablation and the varying surface morphology produced can be explained by the microstructure of the tissue. Suggested criteria for the choice of the optimum laser parameters for clinical use, the influence of plasma shielding and the role of exogenous water on the mechanism of ablation are discussed.
© (2000) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Daniel Fried, Daniel Fried, "IR laser ablation of dental enamel", Proc. SPIE 3910, Lasers in Dentistry VI, (24 March 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.380820; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.380820

Back to Top