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Lasers as an Adjunct to Scaling and Root Planing
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The Journal of Oral Laser Applications

Edited by Prof Dr Andreas Moritz and Prof G. Lynn Powell

Official publication of the European Society for Oral Laser Applications

ISSN (print) 1473-7809 • ISSN (online) 1867-5611

Spring 2004
Volume 4 , Issue 1

Pages: 55-63
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Lasers as an Adjunct to Scaling and Root Planing

Shafik, Sami S./Kheir, Ahmad O.

Since the development of lasers in 1960, the use of these instruments has become more popular in medicine and dentistry. All lasers consist of a laser medium, an optical cavity, and a source of energy to pump the laser medium. The laser medium can be in the form of: a gas, eg, carbon dioxide (CO2), argon, or helium-neon (He-Ne); a liquid (eg, a dye); a solid, eg, yttrium-aluminum-garnet bar doped with neodymium (Nd:YAG), holmium (Ho:YAG) or erbium (Er:YAG); or a semiconductor, eg, gallium-aluminum arsenide (Ga-Al-As). The laser beam can be transformed to radiant energy that can be focused to a very small spot size to yield the enormous power densities which are necessary for the cutting, vaporizing and coagulating effects of lasers. This paper presents a review of the literature for potential laser applications in periodontics.

Keywords: soft laser, hard laser, scaling, root planing, root surface treatment

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