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Dr. Donald J. Coluzzi: An Overview of Lasers in Dentistry

30 Days


This article describes the fundamentals of laser science and the basic elements of a typical device. The principles of laser-tissue interaction, photo-thermal events, and different absorption characteristics of dental tissues by laser energy are discussed. The clinician should become familiar with these concepts so that the proper dental laser is used to accomplish the treatment objective safely and effectively. After reading this article, the practitioner should:

1) have a basic knowledge of the basic science of dental lasers;
2) understand the fundamentals of laser-tissue interaction; and
3) be aware of the essential elements of the safe operation of lasers.

(1 CEU)