15 February 2006 Selective ablation of pit and fissure caries from occlusal surfaces using λ=355-nm laser pulses and air-abrasion demonstrated using PS-OCT and near-IR imaging
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Proceedings Volume 6137, Lasers in Dentistry XII; 61370S (2006) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.661791
Event: SPIE BiOS, 2006, San Jose, California, United States
Abstract
Several past studies have suggested that lasers with and without added chromophores can be used for the selective removal of dental caries from stained pit and fissures in preparation for composite sealant placement with minimal damage to sound, unstained tooth structure. Polarization sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) is a new nondestructive imaging technology that can be used to acquire images of caries lesions in occlusal surfaces. PSOCT is ideally suited to measure the caries depth and severity before and after selective removal from occlusal surfaces. In this study, λ=355-nm laser pulses of 5-ns duration at irradiation intensities ranging from 0.5-1.3 J/cm2 were scanned across tooth surfaces to selectively remove decayed enamel with and without the addition of India ink. PS-OCT images were acquired before and after removal. The laser removal was also compared to air abrasion in order to compare selectivity of these two conservative caries removal technologies.
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Steven T. Ross, Steven T. Ross, Kenneth Fan, Kenneth Fan, Daniel Fried, Daniel Fried, } "Selective ablation of pit and fissure caries from occlusal surfaces using λ=355-nm laser pulses and air-abrasion demonstrated using PS-OCT and near-IR imaging", Proc. SPIE 6137, Lasers in Dentistry XII, 61370S (15 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.661791; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.661791
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