3 June 2002 Lasers in endodontics: an overview
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Proceedings Volume 4610, Lasers in Dentistry VIII; (2002) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.469303
Event: International Symposium on Biomedical Optics, 2002, San Jose, CA, United States
Abstract
The interest in endodontic use of dental laser systems is increasing. Developing laser technology and a better understanding of laser effects widened the spectrum of possible endodontic indications. Various laser systems including excimer-, argon+-, diode-, Nd:YAG-, Er:YAG- and CO2-lasers are used in pulp diagnosis, treatment of hypersensitivity, pulp capping, sterilization of root canals, root canal shaping and obturation or apicoectomy. With the development of new delivery systems - thin and flexible fibers - for many different wavelengths laser applications in endodontics may increase. Since laser devices are still relatively costly, access to them is limited. Most of the clinical applications are laser assisted procedures such as the removing of pulp remnants and debris or disinfection of infected root canals. The essential question is whether a laser can provide improved treatment over conventional care. To perform laser therapy in endodontics today different laser types with adopted wavelengths and pulse widths are needed, each specific to a particular application. Looking into the future we will need endodontic laser equipment providing optimal laser parameters for different treatment modalities. Nevertheless, the quantity of research reports from the last decade promises a genuine future for lasers in endodontics.
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Matthias Frentzen, Matthias Frentzen, Andreas Braun, Andreas Braun, Hans J. Koort, Hans J. Koort, } "Lasers in endodontics: an overview", Proc. SPIE 4610, Lasers in Dentistry VIII, (3 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.469303; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.469303
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