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Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Evaluation of Composite Surface Irradiated by Different Powers of Er:YAG Laser

Ardavan Etemadi, Sima Shahabi, Nasim Chiniforush, Edris Pordel, Zahra Azarbayejani, Soolmaz Heidari
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Abstract

Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate the composite surface treated by different powers of Erbium-Doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Er:YAG) laser in comparison with bur preparation via scanning electron microscope.

Methods: Fourteen composite resin blocks with 15× 10 × 10 mm dimensions were used in this study. The samples were divided to seven groups as follow: Group 1 (power: 1 W, Energy: 50 mJ); Group 2 (power: 2 W, Energy: 100 mJ); Group 3 (power: 3W, Energy: 150 mJ); Group 4 (power: 4 W, Energy: 200 mJ); Group 5 (power: 5W, Energy: 250 mJ); Group 6 (power: 6 W, Energy: 300 mJ); Group 7: Diamond bur. Then, the samples were prepared for SEM examination.

Results: The surface treated by Er:YAG laser showed irregular and micro porous surface.

Conclusion: It seems that composite surface treatment by Er:YAG laser can be an alternative method for composite repair if suitable parameters are used.

 


Keywords

Er-YAG laser; composite resin; SEM.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22037/jlms.v6i2.5913