Ablation by-products of dental materials from the Er: YAG laser and the dental handpiece

Harvey A D D S Wigdor*, Steven R. Visuri, Joseph T. Walsh

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Abstract

Recently there has been much interest in lasers and their potential use to replace the dental drill. The research has been directed towards vital dental tissues. It must be understood that any laser to be used in dentistry which will replace the dental drill must also ablate and remove existing dental materials. Some concern exists about the ablation products when the Er:YAG laser is used to ablate dental materials. It is incumbent on the professionals using these lasers to understand the materials being produced by these lasers and protect themselves and their patients from possible toxic products. It is the intent of this paper to evaluate the products produced by the ablation of both dental amalgam and composite dental restorative materials and compare them with those produced by the traditional dental handpiece (drill).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsHarvey A.D.D.S Wigdor, John D. Featherstone, Joel M.D.D.S White
Pages230-235
Number of pages6
Volume2394
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventLasers in Dentistry - San Jose, CA, USA
Duration: Feb 5 1995Feb 6 1995

Other

OtherLasers in Dentistry
CitySan Jose, CA, USA
Period2/5/952/6/95

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Wigdor, H. A. D. D. S., Visuri, S. R., & Walsh, J. T. (1995). Ablation by-products of dental materials from the Er: YAG laser and the dental handpiece. In H. A. D. D. S. Wigdor, J. D. Featherstone, & J. M. D. D. S. White (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 2394, pp. 230-235)