Das in Kooperation der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Laserzahnheilkunde e.V. (DGL) und der 2018 gegründeten International Society for Laser Dentistry (ISLD) herausgegebene Magazin stellt sich in den Dienst des internationalen Know-how-Transfers in der Laserzahnmedizin. Analog zu dem seit 2000 sehr erfolgreich weltweit verlegten Magazin implants erhalten die Leser durch anwenderorientierte Fallberichte, wissenschaftliche Studien und komprimierte Produkt- und Veranstaltungsinformationen ein regelmäßiges Update aus der Welt der internationalen  Laserzahnmedizin. Einen besonderen Stellenwert haben in diesem Zusammenhang vor allem Berichte über die international stattfindenden Fachkongresse und Symposien sowie die internationalen Aktivitäten der DGL und ISLD. laser – international magazine of laser dentistry erscheint vierteljährlich und in englischer Sprache (BE).

Themen der aktuellen Ausgabe 03/2011

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Editorial: Happy Birthday DGL!
Prof Norbert Gutknecht, Editor-in-Chief
Twenty years ago, the DGL (German Society for Laser Dentistry) was founded in Stuttgart, Germany. The DGL was the third laser society to be founded following the foundation of the ISLD (International Society for Lasers in Dentistry) in 1988 in Japan and the ALD (Academy for Laser Dentistry) in 1990 in the US.
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LANAP - Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure
Dr David Kimmel, USA
A historical perspective of the development of the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure is presented in this article. The simplicity of the protocol is discussed, as well as its nuances.
Swap Drills for Light Energy - An interdisciplinary collaborative research project
Prof Matthias Frentzen, Germany
The overall aim of prevention-oriented dentistry is to offer (laser) light-based diagnosis and treatment with outstanding capabilities. An example of this is the early detection of hidden carious lesions, which are clinically and radiographically barely detectable, using light-induced fluorescence. Through a combination of photosensitisers and light, bacteria-contaminated gingival pockets can be disinfected. Laser light is even capable of replacing the scalpel, allowing incisions resulting in reduced blood loss and benign alterations of the mucous membrane. These are just a few of the many new possibilities and developments in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of oral and dental disease through laser-based technology...
Functional and aesthetic restoration - Lase to amaze
Dr Kirpa Johar, India
Today’s patients expect restorations that are both functional and aesthetic. Unlike yesteryear’s, today’s patients have better knowledge of the advanced materials available and state-of-art equipment. Consequently, they have high expectations when designing their smile and other procedures to achieve optimum results. The specialist’s main aim is to achieve complete oral rehabilitation in the most conservative manner.
Treatment of epulis using the 980 nm diode laser
Dr Merita Bardhoshi, Albania
Fibromatous epulis is treated through surgical removal and a good treatment modality is the 980 nm diode laser. This article reports on the treatment of eleven patients with fibromatous epulis at the University of Tirana?s Dental School. Diagnosis was confirmed by biopsy. The laser was used with a power setting of 4 to 6 W, 300 µm optical fibre, set at continuous wave and in focused mode. The patients were examined at one week, four weeks and six months to one year after surgery. Post-operatively, no bleeding, swelling or oedema was observed. The laser surgery was well accepted by all patients. Use of the 980 nm diode laser in the treatment of fibromatous epulis offers advantages for both the patient and surgeon...
Novel technique for using the diode laser to treat refractory erosive oral lichen planus
Prof Dr Sajee Sattayut, Thailand
Refractory erosive oral lichen planus (OLP) is a common oral disease and treatment thereof poses a considerable problem in oral medicine. Conventional surgery, cryosurgery and CO2 evaporation can offer temporary pain relief without promising healing of the ulcer. This article presents a case report of erosive OLP that did not respond to a topical steroid and only partial symptomatic pain relief by low intensity laser and CO2 laser irradiation was obtained. Complete healing of the ulcer was achieved two weeks after treatment according to the laser welding technique using an 830 nm diode laser (continuous wave) for two treatment episodes. The three-month follow-up showed no ulceration or symptoms...
Laser ridge preservation
Dr Darius Moghtader, Germany
The following article describes an alternative treatment option to reduce bone resorption post-tooth extraction with the help of laser technology and autologous materials, thereby creating the optimal conditions for implantation...
Optical imaging in the oral cavity - Innovative and emergent imaging techniques
Danielle Le, Anh Le, Jennifer Holtzman, Joel Epstein & Petra Wilder-Smith, USA
As the emphasis shifts from damage mitigation to disease prevention or reversal of early disease in the oral cavity, the need for sensitive and accurate detection and diagnostic tools becomes more important. Many novel and emergent optical diagnostic modalities for the oral cavity are becoming available to clinicians with a variety of desirable attributes, including: (a) non-invasiveness; (b) absence of ionising radiation; (c) patient friendly; (d) real-time information; (e) repeatability; and (f) high-resolution surface and subsurface images. In this article, the principles behind optical diagnostic approaches, their feasibility and applicability to imaging soft and hard tissue, and their potential usefulness as a tool in the diagnosis of oral mucosal lesions, dental pathologies, and for other dental applications will be reviewed...
Morphological changes in hard dental tissue prepared using the Er:YAG laser
Drs Snejana Ts. Tsanova & Georgi T. Tomov, Bulgaria
In recent years, prevention and early caries detection, as well as shifts in the understanding of the chemical and biological basis of the demineralisation process in hard dental tissue and the possibility of carious lesions undergoing remineralisation, have superseded the classical operative approach to caries treatment postulated by Black and promoted minimally invasive preparation (MIP)...
Efficient and ergonomic apical resection using the Kaiserswerth algorithm
Prof Marcel Wainwright, Germany
Thanks to minimally invasive techniques, such as ultrasonic surgery and the availability of reliable restorative materials, the surgical revision and rehabilitation of endodontically treated teeth have a significantly better prognosis than only ten years ago. Apical resection is a challenging surgical procedure - not least because of the limited accessibility of the surgical field. Instrumentation of an apical resection case therefore requires a surgical technique that is as simple as it is safe and ergonomic..
Interview: “The Scanner mode is going to revolutionise dentistry”
An interview with Dr Ladislav Grad & Dr Matjaz Lukac, Fotona d.d.
The new LightWalker hard- and soft-tissue dental laser system from Fotona was introduced at IDS 2011. The system offers a wide range of dental applications and, according to the manufacturer, will revolutionise dentistry in the coming years. laser had the opportunity to speak to Drs Ladislav Grad and Matjaz Lukac about the benefits of the system for general dentists, as well as specialists...
International events
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3rd European Congress of the Wfld in Rome
Umberto Romeo, Italy
The Third European Congress of World Federation of Laser Dentistry (WFLD-ED) was held from 9–11 June 2011, in the Department of Stomatology and Maxillo-Facial Surgery of Sapienza University of Rome. The choiche to organize the Congress in a university is a testimony of ever closer bond between the realities of professional and academic world...
Basic Laser Certification Course in Malaysia
Basic Laser Certification Course (BLCC) was organized in conjunction with the 68th Malaysian Dental Association (MDA)-AGM/Federation Dental International (FDI) scientific convention and trade exhibition and supported by the Malaysian Dental Association. This year the theme for this FDI world Dental Federation Congress is “Current Perspectives in Dentistry”. It was most appropriate for us to begin this Congress by presenting the “Current perspectives in Laser Dentistry” in this pre-congress workshop, on the 8–9 June 2011.
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