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Journal of Oral Laser Applications

Year 2003
Volume 3 , Issue 4

Pages: 203 - 209

Laser-assisted Pediatric Dentistry: Review and Outlook

Luc C. Martens

A review of the literature on laser application in pediatric dentistry—including caries diagnosis, caries prevention, cavity preparation, pit-and-fissure sealing, patient comfort, effects on bacteria, vitality testing, endodontics, and soft-tissue surgery—was performed and the potential of laser-assisted dentistry in children was assessed. Laser application in a number of soft-tissue surgical operations in children has proven to be successful. Laser-assisted diagnosis of caries combined with the appropriate preventive adhesive dentistry after laser-assisted cavity preparation will further lead to a new aspect of microdentistry based on “filling without drilling.” Children are the first in line for receiving this kind of dentistry.


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