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Selectively Removing Tooth Decay

December 15, 2009 

Near-infrared image of decayInterdisciplinary research is one of those peanut-butter-cup concepts.  Take two research disciplines, combine their unique investigational powers to target a specific biological problem, and their synergism will yield an outcome that neither could have produced alone.  An excellent example of interdisciplinary research at work in dentistry is found in the September/October issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics.  NIDCR grantees report preliminary success integrating near-infrared imaging and polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography (PS-OCT) with an automated, computer-guided laser ablation system to treat tooth decay.  The result:  A high-contrast geometric image of the decayed surface and enamel-sparing precision to remove it.

  • Near-Infrared image-guided laser ablation of dental decay. Tao YC, Fried D. Journal of Biomedical Optics. September/October; 14 (5): 054045.

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