The lamp effect of laser Doppler flowmetry on teeth

Polat S., Er K., Polat N.

JOURNAL OF ORAL REHABILITATION, vol.32, no.11, pp.844-848, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1365-2842.2005.01510.x
  • Page Numbers: pp.844-848


The aim of this study is to analyse the intra and extracoronal scattering of laser light. Twelve vital teeth from 12 volunteer individuals (aged 22-29 years) were used. The camera removing the charge coupled device's infrared cut filter was used for imaging the laser Doppler flowmetry light during pulpal blood flow measurement. When the obtained photos were analysed, it was seen that the laser beam caused the tooth to shine like a lamp and it also illuminated the tissues inside the mouth (tongue, lips, adjacent teeth, etc.). As a result, it was shown that when the necessary cautions were not taken, the laser could scatter all around the tissues surrounding the tooth. Because of the conductive characteristic of the fibre and the optical characteristics of the tooth, we think that the beam is inevitably scattered onto the tissues outside the pulp and together with the isolation of the gingiva, crown should be isolated, as well.