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Evidence-based dentistry on laser paediatric dentistry: review and outlook
Pubblication date: 03/2009
Authors: G. Olivi*, M.D. Genovese**, C. Caprioglio***
Institution: *Private Practice, Rome.
Department of Biophysical, Medical, and Dental Sciences and Technologies, University of Genoa, Italy
**Private Practice, Rome, Italy
***Private Practice, Pavia. Visiting Professor University of Parma, Italy
Publication: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
Title: Evidence-based dentistry on laser paediatric dentistry: review and outlook
Abstract: Aim The goal of paediatric dentistry is to provide preventive education to parents and patients as well as interception and therapy of dental diseases in a minimally invasive way using a stress-free approach. Different laser wavelengths are used for different applications following these minimally invasive concepts: argon, KTP, diode, Nd:YAG, and CO2 lasers are used for soft tissue applications and the erbium family is used for both soft and hard tissue procedures. This paper offers a revision and a discussion of the international literature, showing also some clinical procedures. related to these scientific studies. Soft tissues laser applications in Pediatric Dentistry include application in oral surgery as well as in periodontics and orthodontics. Laser applications on hard tissues include caries prevention and detection and application for sealing of pits and fissures. Also application for cavity preparation, carious removal and pulp therapy are discussed.