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On the occasion of the German Society for Laser Dentistry (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Laserzahnheilkunde e.V.) annual conference 2012 in September in Leipzig, Germany, Prof Dr Norbert Gutknecht of the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen, Germany, commented on the current situation of laser dentistry, the key issues of the upcoming DGL annual conference as well as the future of laser therapy in dentistry and the activities of the DGL...

I meetings _laser: Prof Dr Gutknecht, this year’s DGL annual conference takes place in early September in Leipzig, Germany.Canyoutelluswhattheparticipantscanex- pect from this event? What are the highlights of the conference? Youcanroughlyattributefourkeypointstoourup- comingcongressinLeipzig.Firstly,wewanttopresent the latest scientific discoveries to our audience in an easilyaccessibleway.Secondly,weaimatemphasising the significance of laser for a successful dental ther- apy by pointing out how laser technology has been integrated in various medical and dental therapies. Thirdly, economic efficiency plays a crucial role in any laserapplication.Therefore,anotherimportantaspect ofthisyear’scongressisthenewGermanScaleofFees for Dentists (Gebührenordnung für Zahnärzte, GOZ). And last but not least, there is the social aspect. The successoflastyear’sDGLanniversarypartyhasshown once more how important social values and friend- shipsarenowadays.OurDGLpartyonSaturdayisded- icated to combining the scientific interest we all have incommonwithafriendlyandrelaxedatmosphere. _How would you assess the current situation of laserdentistry?Whatarethemaindirectionsitsdevel- opmentisgoingtotake?Whatdoyouthinkwillbethe statusoflaserdentistryinfiveyears? Scientifically, laser dentistry has now reached its highest and most substantiated standard. Further- more, laser is an integrative technology highly ac- ceptedbytheprofessionalorganisationsinmedicine and dentistry. In my opinion, this shows how laser technology can take a decisive influence on the suc- cessofvarioustherapies.Speakingofthemaindirec- tions of the development of laser dentistry, we have to take three essential aspects into account: Firstly, thereistheadvancementofpico-secondandfemto- secondlaserswithregardtohardtissueapplications. Secondly,laser-activatedphotodynamictherapyhas become both more specialised and developed. Thirdly, therapy concepts for already existing laser systems are constantly being developed, which will lead to a significant growth in the sector of laser technology within the coming five years. This per- spective is especially relevant for periodontology, endodontology,cariology,surgery,implantologyand pedodontics. _DGLmaintainsahighprofile,bothnationallyand internationally. Can you name current activities initi- atedorsupportedbytheDGL? “Scientifically, laser has now reached its highest standard” Author_Dajana Mischke, Germany 46 I laser2_2012 Prof Dr Norbert Gutknecht On the occasion of the German Society for Laser Dentistry (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Laserzahn- heilkundee.V.)annualconference2012inSeptem- ber in Leipzig, Germany, Prof Dr Norbert Gutknecht of the University Hospital of RWTH Aachen, Ger- many,commented on the current situation of laser dentistry, the key issues of the upcoming DGL an- nual conference as well as the future of laser ther- apy in dentistry and the activities of the DGL.

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