Guest editorial.
Article Type: Guest editorial
Subject: Dental caries (Care and treatment)
Pedodontics (Research)
Author: Martens, Luc
Pub Date: 04/01/2011
Publication: Name: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry Publisher: European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry ISSN: 1818-6300
Issue: Date: April, 2011 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Brazil Geographic Code: 3BRAZ Brazil
Accession Number: 277106743
Full Text: Modern concepts of dentistry are based on minimal invasive dentistry. Despite the fact that more than 50 years ago bur-less techniques were proposed for cavity preparation starting with a first generation of an air abrasion engine, it is thanks to the current refined caries diagnosis and the appropriate adhesive dentistry that more attention is paid to micro preparations. Laser technology became developed for dental purposes and nowadays several oral applications are available for many indications. Due to this technological evolution it is possible to focus on a cavity preparation continuum. Depending on the carious lesion an option can be made for a conventional G.V. Black cavity or for a micro-preparation following 'prevention of extension principles'. In the latter case a variety of minimal invasive techniques are available such as chemo-mechanical techniques as well as, kinetic (air abrasion) and hydrokinetic (Laser) cavity preparation systems.

During the first meeting of the world congress of micro-dentistry (WCM) in 2000, it was suggested by Martens and Simonson to place 'micro-dentistry' into context and they offered the following definition which WCM then adopted:

'micro-dentistry is the evidence-based discipline dealing with hard and soft tissue-saving procedures whose ultimate goal is lifelong optimal oral health.'

More than ten years after this definition, the amount of literature dealing with laser use is huge in all dental fields e.g. oral surgery diagnosis, cavity preparation, endodontics, dental traumatology and biostimulation.

About 3 years ago I was asked to coordinate a special issue for the European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry. Today I am glad that we finally succeeded. I am very pleased to offer the EAPD readership a variety of articles related to laser-assisted paediatric dentistry. Having manuscripts from Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the USA, this proves once more that the laser approach is living among us and that children are probably ideally suited to be at the fore-front to receive this kind of micro-dentistry!
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