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Using a Dental Laser to Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Harvey Shiffman, DDS
Dentists are in a great position to diagnose and in some cases treat these problems with airway management. Helping patients improve their sleep can profoundly improve their health, their quality of life and the well being of their loved ones. The NightLase Snoring and Sleep Apnea Reduction Therapy protocol is a unique approach to treatment using the LightWalker dental laser with a proprietary protocol and handpiece that uses a specific spot size and power density.

Removing All-Ceramic Restorations With Lasers
Jeffrey P. Cranska, DDS
An erbium laser can be used to remove porcelain and other all-ceramic restorations, including bilayered and monolithic zirconia restorations. This can be accomplished without damaging the restorations, underlying bonded composite buildups, abutments, or the tooth structure.

Recycling stainless steel orthodontic brackets with Er:YAG laser - An environmental scanning electron microscope and shear bond strength study
Prince K Chacko, Jithesh Kodoth, Jacob John, Kishore Kumar
Date of Web Publication -- 9-Oct-2013 Abstract
Aim: To determine the efficiency of erbium: Yttrium aluminum garnet (Er:YAG) laser with Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope (ESEM) and shear bond strength analysis as a method of recycling stainless steel orthodontic brackets and compare with other methods of recycling.

Materials and Methods: Eighty samples of extracted premolar teeth bonded to SS brackets were tested for rebonded shear bond strength after recycling by four methods and compared with a control group of 20 samples. These 80 samples were randomized into four groups which were recycled by four methods, namely, sandblasting, thermal method, adhesive grinding by tungsten carbide bur, and Er: YAG laser method. After recycling, ESEM and shear bond strength analysis were used to analyze the efficiency of the recycling methods

Results: Er: YAG laser group was found to be having the greatest bond strength among the recycled brackets (8.33±2.51 followed by the sandblasting at 6.12±1.12 MPa, thermal and electropolishing at 4.44±0.95 MPa, and lastly the adhesive grinding method at 3.08±1.07 MPa. The shear bond strength of Er: YAG laser group was found to be having no statistically significant difference with that of the control group (P>0.05 and had statistical signifance with sandblasting, thermal and electropolishing and adhesive grinding groups at P>0.001. ESEM analysis showed complete removal of adhesive from the brackets recycled with Er: YAG laser which mimicked that of the control group.

Conclusion: Er: YAG laser (2940 nm) was found to be the most efficient method for recycling, followed by the sandblasting, thermal, and the tungsten carbide methods, which had the least shear bond strength value and is not fit for clinical usage.

X-Runner™ - World's First All Tissue Ablative Laser Scanning Handpiece for Dentistry Designed For Use with the Lightwalker AT, Combo Erbium & Nd:YAG Dental Laser System
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/
The X-Runner™ was designed specifically for the award-winning LightWalker AT Dual Wavelength dental laser. X-Runner™ is the first ablative ALL Tissue laser scanning handpiece in the dental industry. The X-Runner™ has automated all tissue ablation capabilities and lets the user instantly adjust spot size and shape of the cutting area.

Er:YAG and Nd:YAG Dual Wavelength Optimized Periodontal Therapy Protocol
Harvey S. Shiffman, DDS
The Lightwalker dual-wavelength laser has been proven to have strong benefits in periodontal therapy. Having the ability to offer patients a minimally invasive laser treatment with minimal bleeding, swelling and discomfort increases patient compliance and case acceptance versus traditional periodontal surgery. This seems to be especially true in patients who have had a history of traditional invasive periodontal surgery.

Dental Town Magazine - A Townie raves about the ease of using lasers on pedo patients.
From Dental Town Magazine
"The LightWalker laser has been a game changer for my practice. Multiple quadrant dentistry, no fear of shots for the kids, easier dentistry for me to do, no numb check to bite afterward, no drills needed except to smooth a composite or adjust occlusion - how much better can it get?"
- Branton

X-Runner Er:YAG Dental Laser Application
Prof. Dr Carlo Fornaini, Italy
The recent introduction of a scanner handpiece enabled a higher precision of irradiation and depth of ablation as well as reduced treatment time, allowing laser technology to more fully realized the vision of "minimally invasive" conservative dentistry.

Minimally Invasive CEREC® Crown Preparation using the Er:YAG Laser
Dr. Mark Colonna
Since Dr. Colonna authored this article in 2009, several important advancements have taken place. PIPS laser endo has evolved and is now in wide spread use allowing dentists to perform better and more conservative endo and also the launch of the Lightwalker AT hard and soft tissue laser with the QSP mode that allows for even faster, more refined preps with less need for local anesthetic.

Case Study: Laser Lingual Frenectomy
Harvey Shiffman, DDS
Lasers help make this type of treatment significantly less traumatic for both children and adults. With a laser rather than a scalpel, healing is faster and usually uneventful, and there are no sutures to be removed.

Case Study: Dual Wavelength Treatment of a Calcified Canal With the Fotona Lightwalker Class Laser
Harvey Shiffman, DDS
The results of this case clearly show the possibilities of the powerful combination of the two laser wavelengths (Er:YAG and Nd:YAG) in the Fotona LightWalker class laser. The laser allows us to treat cases that would possibly not be treatable without this technology.

Case Study: Dual Wavelength Treatment of a Calcified Canal With the Fotona Lightwalker Class Laser
Harvey Shiffman, DDS
In my practice we have chosen the Er:Yag laser because of this increased level of performance, and patient comfort.

Clinical Advantages of Er:YAG Laser Usage with the LIghtWalker & Powerlase AT from Technology 4 Medicine
Dr. John Flucke
Practicing General Dentistry, Technology Editor Dental Products Report, author, lecturer, consultant to high tech and clinical manufacturers, Past President Greater Kansas City Dental Society, Peer Review Chairman - State of Missouri, I love getting my hands on and trying to break the latest gear!

Minimally invasive biomimetic endodontics: the future is here
Mark Malterud, DDS, MAGD
From the January/February 2013 issue of General Dentistry, AGD's peer-reviewed Journal. Minimally invasive biomimetic dentistry (MIBD) can reach all aspects of dentistry from preventive care all the way to complex implant restoratives.

ER:YAG Laser for 3-Dimensional Debridement of Canal Systems: Use of Photon-Induced Photoacoustic Streaming
Enrico DiVito, DDS, and Adam Lloyd, BDS, MS
A recent advancement in the delivery of laser energy into the root canal system has many investigators excited. Specifically, the creation of a system of laser-activated irrigation (LAI) that produces explosive vapor bubbles with secondary cavitation effects, allowing removal of debris from intricate anatomy. This permits fluid interchange and the removal of organic tissue and microbes, resulting in tubular dentin disinfection.

New horizons for Er:YAG lasers: QSP mode advantages in the Lightwalker AT
Evgeniy Mironov, DDS; Assist. Prof. Zhasmina Mironova, DDS; Assoc. Prof. Radosveta Vassileva, DDS and Assoc. Prof. Krassimira Genova
A very important step forward in dental lasers and specifically Er:YAG applications is the QSP (quantum square pulse) modality in the range of VSP (variable square pulse) available in Fotona’s Lightwalker AT hard- and soft- tissue laser (Technoloogy4Medicine, San Clemente, Calif.). Based on simple physics, this mode allows dentists to work with finesse and control, even on higher energy and power settings. This in-vitro study researches the most suitable parameters for hard tissue preparation with the new QSP mode and compares it with the classic tools such as the high- speed drill, and the proven gold standard for Er:YAG laser enamel preparation, the MSP mode. Clinical cases from everyday practice are presented to illustrate a wide range of flexible and fast procedures that can be performed with the Er:YAG QSP pulse mode.
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Comparison of ErYAG and ErCrYSGG Lasers Used in Dentistry
Prof. Dr. Janez Diaci and Prof. Dr. Boris Gaspirc
We analyze and compare Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG dental lasers and their pulse forming technologies from the viewpoint of which laser allows the highest possible control of tissue ablation and of the effects on the underlying tissue that remains.

Lasers in Dentistry: Minimally Invasive Instruments for the Modern Practice
Steven R. Pohlhaus, DDS
This course will be designed to help educate the dentists and dental hygienists on lasers and clear the confusion regarding the various wavelengths available.

Why I Love Lasers... And Why You Should Too
Posted by John Flucke on December 15, 2011.
Under Labels: Diode, Discus, Er:YAG, Lasers, Nd:YAG

Efficacy of photon induced photoacoustic streaming (PIPS) on root canals infected with Enterococcus faecalis: A pilot study
Drs. David E. Jaramillo, Raydolfo M. Aprecio, Nikola Angelov, Enrico DiVito, and Thomas V. McClammy explore whether the Er:YAG laser tip is an efficient tool in elimination of Enterococcus faecalis from infected root canals


The effect of erbium family laser on tensile bond strength of composite to dentin in comparison with conventional method.
Shahabi S, Chiniforush N, Bahramian H, Monzavi A, Baghalian A, Kharazifard MJ
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG laser on tensile bond strength of composite resin to dentine in comparison with bur-prepared cavities.

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