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This one day course summarises the state of the art in several major areas of investigation for laser use in clinical practice, providing an evidence-based approach for contemporary laser dentistry. The following topics will be addressed:
- Implant applications including enhanced integration, and biofilm removal from implant surfaces with complex surface textures.
- Periodontal applications including detection of calculus and determination of endpoints for periodontal debridement, as well as root surface debridement.
- Endodontic applications including detection of treatment endpoints and rapid debridement of the root canal system using laser agitated fluids.
- Aesthetic applications of lasers including treatment of severe forms of developmental and acquired discolouration of teeth, and altering soft and hard tissue profiles to improve the aesthetics of teeth.
- Orthodontic applications including bracket removal, and exposure of unerupted teeth.
- Restorative applications including selective removal of infected dentine during cavity preparation.
- Non-thermal applications of lasers including using lasers to achieve analgesia and block transmission of painful stimuli, and relax muscle spasms.