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Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Assisted removal of metal housings from overdentures with a 445-nm diode laser: A dental technique

      Abstract

      A straightforward, laser-assisted method of extracting the metal housings from an overdenture by using the visible (blue) light of a high-power dental diode laser is presented. This approach produced localized softening of the acrylic resin, allowing the metal housing to be dislodged without damage. This technique minimizes damage to the metal housings during removal, is rapid and conservative, and may help reduce patient costs.
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