Background: The most common approach to remove yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) fixed-dental prostheses
(FDPs) is by means of diamond burs attached to a high-speed handpiece. This process is time-consuming and destructive.
The use of lasers over mechanical instrumentation for removal of FDPs can lead to efficient and predictable restoration retrievability. However, the heat produced might damage the tooth pulp (>42˚C).
Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the maximum temperature (T) reached during the use of different
settings of the erbium, chromium:yttrium-scandium-gallium-garnet Er,Cr:YSGG laser through a YSZ ceramic.
Method: YSZ slices (1 mm thick) were assigned into 7 groups. For the control group, a diamond bur was used to cut a 1
mm groove into the YSZ slices. For the 6 experimental groups, the laser was operated at a constant combination of 33%
water and 66% air during 30 s with two different power settings (W) at three frequencies (PPS), as follows (W/PPS):
2.5/20, 2.5/30, 2.5/45, 4.5/20, 4.5/30, 4.5/45. The T through the YSZ slice was recorded in degrees Celsius by using a digital thermometer with a K thermocouple.
Results: The median T of the control group was 26.5˚C. The use of 4.5 W resulted in the median T (˚C) of 44.2 at 20 PPS,
53.3 at 30 PPS, and 58.9 at 45 PPS, while 2.5 W showed 34.6, 31.6, and 25.0 at 20, 30, and 45 PPS, respectively. KruskalWallis one-way ANOVA showed that within each power setting, the T was similar. The high power and lowest frequency
(4.5/20) showed no significant difference from the 2.5 W settings and the control group.
Conclusion: The lower power setting (2.5 W) is a potential method for the use of the Er,Cr:YSGG laser to debond YSZ
structures. The higher power (4.5 W) with high frequencies (30 and 45 PPS) is unsuitable.