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Chapter-34 Lasers in Dentistry

BOOK TITLE: Fundamentals of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Author
1. DN Bailoor
2. D Koteeswaran
3. Sureshchandra B
ISBN
9788180615146
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/10318_34
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2005
Pages
4
Author Affiliations
1. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
2. Kanjeevaram Cancer Institute, Kanjeevaram, Tamil Nadu
3. AJ Institute of Dental Sciences, Mangalore
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Abstract

It was the genius of Einstein, which proposed the theory of the spontaneous and stimulated emission of radiation, which was published in 1916. Number of pioneers worked in this area and finally it was to, Townes, Basov, and Prokhorov the Nobel Prize for development of laser was awarded, in 1964. This first laser was a Pulsed Ruby Laser. A lot of initial work in dentistry was done using the Ruby Laser. Ruby Laser had very limited success in dental treatment due to its high heat effects and thermal related damage to the dental tissues. This article is merely an introduction to the vast literature now available in the utilization of lasers as one of the tools in providing treatment for various lesions ranging from caries, gingival enlargement to major surgical explorations of hemagiomas and photodynamic therapies of premalignant and malignant lesions in the oral cavity. The likelyhood of the laser replacing the dreaded dental drill in looming on the horizon faster than we all expected.

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