Since more than 30 years that lasers have been established in dentistry, the use of this technology shows its wide variety in the areas of diagnostics, like caries detection or in therapeutic applications such as endodontics, cavity preparation, soft tissue surgery and of course in periodontics. But the basic knowledge about this technology is the requirement for a successful laser treatment.
My name is Jörg Meister, I am Physicist and the technical director of the “Center of Applied Medical Laser Research and Biomedical Optics (abbr. AMLaReBO)” at Bonn University. with more than 20 years experience in the field of laser dentistry. Therefore, it would be a pleasure to me to give you an introduction about the basic principles in laser technology, light-tissue-interaction processes, function of selected lasers systems for periodontal treatments, advantages and limitations as well as laser saftey which plays an important role if laser systems are used for medical applications.