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Cavity preparation using hard tissue lasers in Operative Dentistry

2020 12 10

Cavity preparation using hard tissue lasers in Operative Dentistry

Vesna Karic, Riaan Mulder, Geoffrey Melman

Type of article: Discussion

Author(s):

1. Vesna Karic: BDS (Bgd, EU), MSc (Dent)(Wits). Senior Lecturer, Division of Operative Dentistry, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Oral Health Sciences, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2. Riaan Mulder: BChD (UWC), MSc (Dent)(UWC). Lecturer, Department of Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry. University of the Western Cape, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa.

3. Geoffrey Melman: BDS(Wits), MSc (Dent)(Wits). Specialist in Paediatric Dentistry (U.K.). Department of Paediatric Dentistry, University of the Witwatersrand, School of Oral Health Sciences, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Date of publication: 2020 01 04

Abstract:

Background: A laser is a device that delivers coherent, monochromatic, and collimated light as a form of energy. Most dental laser devices emit invisible light in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Methods: This clinical communication is a summary of an application of hard tissue lasers in Operative Dentistry.

Conclusion: Patients prefer the comfort, silence, and lack of vibration of lasers whilst there are also the added benefits such as disinfection and reduced pulpal temperature compared with high-speed drills.

Keywords: lasers, hard tissue lasers, cavity preparation.