Laser Dentistry: Rethinking the Endodontic Experience
– Understanding Laser-Assisted Endodontics
Innovation in endododontics represents the application of research and technology to improve treatment outcomes and to overcome the challenges encountered during the endodontic experience for both the patient and the dentist. While the patient’s experience is of paramount importance, this presentation will focus on the endodontic experience for the dentist/endodontist.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the role of biofilms in apical periodontitis and the limitations of current treatment protocols in complex root canal systems.
- Understand how lasers work and the role of lasers in Radial Apical Cleansing – a new protocol for the management of root canal systems.
- Comprehend that laser-assisted endodontics is not just about disinfection but also plays a critical role in the management of other treatment challenges.
- Re-think the endodontic experience for the dentist and appreciate the benefits of this new treatment paradigm.
Whereas CBCT technology has positively impacted diagnosis and treatment planning, it has raised expectations for 3-D healing. This, together with implementation of minimally invasive treatment principles, as well as an increased prevalence of dystrophic calcification, has added substantial stress to the operator.
By re-thinking treatment concepts and putting to rest many of the dogmas that have governed endodontics for generations, the introduction of a new laser-assisted treatment paradigm will enhance success while significantly reducing stress and improving productivity for the dentist. Management of endodontic biofilm will be revisited with an emphasis on refractory and recurrent disease and the ability to achieve deep dentinal disinfection. Concepts such as working length, apical gauging, scouting for anatomy, apical foraminal cleansing, working width, patency and patency files, recapitulation will be re-assessed.