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ESPANA-TOST, Antonio Jesús; ARNABAT-DOMINGUEZ, José; BERINI-AYTES, Leonardo  and  GAY-ESCODA, Cosme. Laser applications in dentistry. RCOE [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.5, pp.497-511. ISSN 1138-123X.

There are several different lasers that can be used in dentistry, and they can also be applied for different purposes. The aim of the present report is to comment in general terms on applications of different kinds of lasers in the wide range of dental treatments. Not all the lasers produce the same effects, neither does the same laser on different tissues, and depending on the emission parameter settings, also the same laser can provide different effects on the same tissue. Before introducing a laser device into the office, the clinician should be aware of the indications, contraindications and usage of the specific type of laser to be used before applying it clinically.

Keywords : Laser dentistry; Er; Cr:YSGG laser; Er:YAG laser; CO2 laser; Diode laser; Nd:YAG laser; High power laser; Surgical laser.

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