Report of: 4th European Congress of the European Division of Brussels 2013

4th European Congress of the European Division of
the World Federation for Laser Dentistry
Brussels, July 11-12th, 2013

The 4th divisional congress of the WFLD was hold in Brussels (Belgium) at the Windsor Hotel – grand place on 10-12 July 2013. The opening ceremony was done on Wednesday evening. Some personalities welcomed participants: Prof Lynn Powell (Dean of Dental School , Utah University , USA) representative of honorary congress presidents (Prof Ishikawa Isao – Japan- ; Prof Hong Sai Loh – Singapore- ; Prof Norbert Gutknecht – Germany and Prof Jean Paul Rocca – France), Prof Josep Arnabat (University of Barcelona, Spain) as Chairman of the European Division of the WFLD and Prof Samir Nammour (University of Liege, Belgium) as Congress Chairman.
Scientific sessions started on Thursday and Friday (11-12 July 2013) and fifteen invited speakers presented an overview on laser applications in different field of dentistry (Laser Phototherapy (LPT) in Dentistry – scientific background and clinical cases presentation – Prof Aldo Brugnera Junior (Brazil) ; LLLT in the field of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Prof Kenji Yoshida (Japan); Use of Er, Cr: YSGG laser in dentistry; state of the art – Prof Josep Arnabat. (Spain); Time-dependencies for pain relief and soft tissue healing using Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) – Prof E-Liisa Laakso (Australia); Er:YAG laser and adhesion – Prof Carlo Fornaini (Italy) ; Use of 915 and 1064 nm combined diode in laser in dentistry: “in vitro” and clinic study – Prof Jean Paul Rocca (France); Treatment with laser of oral vascular malformations – Prof Umberto Romeo (Italy); Evidence based in laser assisted diagnostic in dentistry – Prof Carmen Todea (Romania); Dental management of patients under bisphosphonate therapy. The role of the laser – Prof Paolo Vescovi (Italy); ER,CR:YSGG AND 940 nm Diode laser supported periodontal treatment concept – Prof Norbert Gutknecht (Germany) ; Use of laser in oral soft tissues surgery – Dr Elisabetta Merigo (Italy); A Combined Endodontical Laser Supported Treatment Concept – Prof Norbert Gutknecht (Germany); Er, Cr:YSGG in oral surgery – Prof Antoni España (Spain) ; Photodynamic Therapy in Endodontics, Periodontics and Oral Pathology – Prof Roly Kornblit, (Italy)  et The power of the bubble. A comparison between ultrasonic and laser activated irrigation – Prof Roeland J.G. De Moor (Belgium).
We should certainly highlight the high quality of scientific studies presented by participants and delegations. Different scientific studies and clinical treatment protocols were presented covering all fields of dentistry: Basic Science of Laser, Conservative Dentistry and Laser in Conservative Dentistry, Endodontics and Laser in Endodontics, Implantology and Laser in Implantology, Laser and Aesthetic Dentistry, Laser in Cariology, Laser in Oral Pathology, Laser in Oral Surgery, Laser in Orthodontics, Laser in Perioral Aesthetics and Dermatology, Laser in Prosthetic, Low Level Laser Therapy, Pediatric Dentistry and Laser in Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics and Laser in Periodontics.
The best 3 studies presented as oral presentation and the best 3 studies presented as Posters received different prices: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Despite the economic crisis, the number of participants was very important (around 200 participants) coming from European countries, South of America, Australia, Middle East and Asia.
We would like to thank the WFLD for her efforts to organize such high level of scientific events and to allow participants to share their knowledge and expertise.

Prof S. Nammour
Congress Chairman, ED – WFLD

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