XPS analysis of the dentin irradiated by Er:YAG laser

Masanori Omae, Yasuo Shinnou, Kumiko Tanaka, Tomoko Abo, Takashi Nakata, Koichiro Suzuki, Yoshinori Hatsuoka, Naohiro Iwata, Kazushi Yoshikawa, Yoshihiro Nishitani, Kazuyo Yamamoto, Masahiro Yoshiyama

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The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Er:YAG laser irradiation on human dentin surface using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). 10 human dentin disks were prepared from extracted human molars for XPS analysis. These specimens were divided into two groups of five: a control group and group that were irradiated by an Er:YAG laser beam (100 mJ, 1Hz). All specimens were analyzed by XPS over a wide scanning range and narrow scanning ranges. The Ca/P ratio was calculated from the XPS results. In the results, the binding energies of Ca, P, and N in the laser-irradiated group were higher than those in the control group. The Ca/P ratio of the Er:YAG laser irradiated group (1.24±0.05) was significantly lower than that of the control group (1.52±0.16). This study showed that Er:YAG laser irradiation decreased Ca/P ratio and denatured the collagen of human dentin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-476
Number of pages6
JournalDental materials journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


  • Dentin
  • Er:YAG laser
  • XPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Dentistry(all)


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