Selective removal of residual composite from dental enamel surfaces using the third harmonic of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.

@article{Alexander2002SelectiveRO,
  title={Selective removal of residual composite from dental enamel surfaces using the third harmonic of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser.},
  author={Robert Alexander and John Xie and Daniel Fried},
  journal={Lasers in surgery and medicine},
  year={2002},
  volume={30 3},
  pages={240-5}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Conventional methods of residual composite removal after the debonding of orthodontic brackets involve the use of abrasives that damage the underlying enamel. The objective of this study was to demonstrate that 355-nm laser pulses with a pulse width of 10 ns are well suited for the removal of composite through selective laser ablation. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS The residual composite remaining on the surface of extracted human third molars and bovine incisors… CONTINUE READING

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