Scanning Microscopy


Temperature elevations, depths of cuts and structural changes produced by 2.94 micron pulsed Erbium:YAG laser radiation of hard dental tissues, at different power levels and exposure times of the laser, were studied. The depth of cut produced was found to vary significantly as a function of power level and exposure time on dry teeth. The mean temperature rise with laser radiation was also influenced both by power level and time of exposure. The effect of water flow on the teeth during laser exposure was evaluated; the results indicate that the ablation efficiency was better, temperature elevations lower and structural changes minimal to absent in the presence of water as compared to teeth that were dry during laser radiation.

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