CO2 laser fusion of a vertical root fracture

J Am Dent Assoc. 1999 Aug;130(8):1195-9. doi: 10.14219/jada.archive.1999.0374.


Background: Vertical root fractures have had a poor prognosis and often have negative clinical and financial consequences for the patient.

Case description: The author presents a case report in which he sealed a hairline vertical fracture associated with a vertical bone defect using a carbon dioxide, or CO2, laser at predetermined exposure parameters. Radiographic analysis at one year indicated good bone fill of the defect and a clinical examination revealed satisfactory healing.

Clinical implications: The ability to seal vertical fractures with a CO2 laser may allow dental practitioners to extend the service of certain afflicted teeth and their restorations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Coagulation*
  • Middle Aged
  • Tooth Fractures / surgery*
  • Tooth Root / injuries*
  • Tooth Root / surgery*


  • Carbon Dioxide