ABSTRACT: Purpose: To describe the development, indications, and limitations of Er:YAG lasers in the dental field. Methods: A review based on the literature search in PubMed and completed by other documents was performed. Results: Based on the synthesis of the reviewed literature different topics concerning the Er:YAG effects and applications in dentistry are discussed and recommendations for the use of this type of laser are given. (Am J Dent 2006;19: 178-186). CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE: This literature review allows the practitioner to better decide on the proper indications and limitations of Er:YAG lasers in dentistry
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