The plasma needle is an atmospheric non-thermal plasma source. The plasma has bactericidal properties and can be used for tissue disinfection. In dentistry, it may provide a painless, non-contact and tissue saving method for treatment of dental cavities (caries). To this end it has been shown that it is possible to eliminate bacteria that are present in a dental environment Streptococcus mutans or S. mutans. An experiment on a simple model of a dental element has been executed, which shows the plasma is able to penetrate a cavity (1 mm wide) for 5.5-8.0 mm deep and kill the present bacteria.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Phenomena in Ionised Gases (XXVII ICPIG 2005) 18-22 July 2005, Eindhoven, the Netherlands|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|