New method for determination of ablation of dental hard tissues with the er:yag laser

Harvey Wigdor, Joseph T. Walsh, Joseph Pcummings

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It seems that the dental profession will not embrace the laser for dentistry until hard tissue applications are developed. To date the lasers that are available for dentists in the clinical setting have little scientific basis for use on dental hard tissues. Before a viable laser method becomes available for dental hard tissues, basic research on the correlation of incident fluence to hard tissue removal must be studied. In this paper we propose a method of determining the exact size and shape of the defect created by an Er:YAG laser and correlate the size, depth and volume of the defect relative to the fluence, spot size and number of pulses of the Er:YAG laser.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-148
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 21 1993
EventLasers in Orthopedic, Dental, and Veterinary Medicine II 1993 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Jan 17 1993Jan 22 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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