The results of two types of mid-infrared Er:YAG laser intensities impacts on hard dental tissue were investigated. The Er:YAG radiation with the intensities 62 kW/cm2 or 62 MW/cm2, for the case of free-running or Q-switched pulses, respectively, was delivered into the interaction place by a cyclic olefin polymer-coated silver hollow glass waveguide (700 μm inner and 850 μm outer diameter). The lens (30 mm focal length) in delivery output focused the radiation on the polished longitudinal, from 5 to 7 mm thick, extracted tooth samples. The methods were compared from the point of prepared cavity shape (SEM), inner surface, and possibility of selective removal of carnes. Composite filling material was used to reconstruct the cavities. A figure is presented. Results of Er:YAG low (left) and high (right) intensities impacts on dentin together with the SEM photography.
- Er:YAG laser
- Medical application of lasers