Mastership Lasers in Dentistry Course - South Africa
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Mastership Diploma

Lasers in Dentistry




One-Year Clinical Specialisation Course
with Germany's RWTH Aachen University

Course Director: Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht

Executive Director of World Federation for Laser Dentistry (WFLD)

This program concludes with an official certificate from RWTH Aachen University and is offered in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen International Academy, the post-graduate education wing of the university.


Cape Town 2020, South Africa

15-25 Mar 2020 (Modules I-III)


Concludes with Module IV approximately one year later.  The final exam module may also be concluded at RWTH Aachen University in Germany at various dates.

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

The Magic of Lasers in Magical Africa!

You are invited to experience next level German laser dentistry education with world renowned Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht in the vibrant country of South Africa's mother city, Cape Town! The course combines exciting day classes with hands-on skills training and fun evening activities and celebrations that celebrate nature and the beauty of South Africa's Western Cape where spouses and family can join in.

There has never been a better time to be a Dental Practitioner!


Lasers have been used in dentistry for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for more than 30 years, and are an indispensable instrument in any modern dental surgery. The use of lasers enables new treatment methods to be employed and lasers can meaningfully supplement more traditional therapies.

The use of lasers is associated with minimal contact, reduced vibration and pain, as well as a reduction in bleeding, leading to a more comfortable overall experience for the patient and a cleaner, meticulous technique for the dental practitioner.

Lasers are highly versatile tools that can be successfully used in a wide range of applications in the treatment of mucous membranes, hard tooth structures and bones.

Additionally, the specific properties of lasers allow the development of radically new treatments and surgical techniques, and improvements in treatment success rates have been observed when lasers are applied.

Modern facilities and increased customer satisfaction help ensure the long-term financial success of any dental practice and, for these reasons, you should not miss the opportunity to expand and improve your range of treatments.

Lasers are primarily used in the following fields:

  • Diagnosis: Caries detection
  • Cariology: Caries removal, cavity preparation
  • Endodontics: Reduction of germs in root canal dentine
  • Implantology: Implant exposure, peri-implantitis therapy
  • Surgery: Soft tissue and bone surgery
  • Periodontology: Cleaning of the hard tissue surface and periodontal pockets
  • Cosmetic treatments: Bleaching

Above: Hands-On Skills Training with Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht


Today, the use of lasers in dentistry has become a sought after new standard, part of daily clinical practice. The Mastership course by Aachen Dental Laser Center (AALZ) is a one-year career-accompanying clinical specialisation course in selected wavelengths in laser dentistry. The course addresses practicing and approbated dental professionals choosing to increase their knowledge to be highly qualified specialists in laser supported therapies in dentistry, and be abreast with the latest and most advanced technology in dentistry. Successful completion of the Mastership course can be combined with the full MSc. Degree in Aachen, Germany. The Mastership is available in South Africa, and now also Mauritius through SciVision to support their clientele (dental professionals) and is open to a limited number of local and international participants.


The following wavelengths are taught:

  • Er,Cr:YSGG and Er:YAG Lasers
  • Diode Lasers and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)


The course is divided into four modules requiring 10-12 days of attendance over a one year period.

Below: Modules I, II and III take place together in one educational block over 11 days including 2-3 days break in between to accommodate participants traveling to the course. This contributes to a travel saving and allows participants to commence their clinical cases for year-end presentation as soon as possible, having completed all the modules of study, allowing for more time for follow ups and reporting. The participants will be connected to the AALZ e-learning network between modules and integrated into hands-on training programs.


  • Laser Physics & Laser Safety including the Laser Safety Officer certification (in addition to the Mastership Certificate/Diploma)
  • Laser structure, function and handling: hands-on laser-tissue interactions


Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG Lasers

  • Theoretical background, clinical indications, skill training and demo treatments
  • Biophysical background (absorption and transmission in various types of tissue)
  • Clinically important for e.g. periodontics, implantology, endodontics, hard and soft-tissue surgery, cavity preparation and cariology


Diode Lasers and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

  • Theoretical background, clinical indications, skill training and demo treatments
  • Communication and application of suitable indications
  • Clinically important for e.g. periodontics, implantology, endodontics and soft-tissue

Below: Module IV & Graduation takes place over 3 days at the conclusion of study, approximately one year later. (This part may also be concluded in Germany at the RWTH Aachen University at various dates as indicated on their website.)

Written examination
Presentation of five clinical treatment cases


After successful completion of the course, participants receive a Mastership Certificate/Diploma from RWTH Aachen University identifying them as a dental laser specialist, as well as an additional Laser Safety Officer certificate.


Completion of the Mastership course may be credited towards modules three and five of the M.Sc. programme.


  • The certificate/diploma "Mastership Laser Therapy in Dentistry" is taught, examined and awarded by the university of excellence, RWTH  Aachen University, Aachen of Germany. 

  • This programme with its specialty lecturers from Germany, including world-renowned Exec. Director of the World Federation of Laser Dentistry is brought to South Africa and Mauritius by SciVision Medical for the benefit of local and international dental practitioners and specialists, including lecturers from various universities globally, seeking to advance their curriculum. The course is strictly open to a limited number of delegates.

  • During the course, independent access is available to a modern e-learning environment, supported by scientific staff

  • The MSc. and Mastership Programs' Course Director, Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht will conduct the Mastership lectures personally in South Africa alongside Physicist, Dr. rer. medic. Rene Franzen. Together, they take participants on a fascinating laser learning journey that will revolutionise their daily practice with the adjunct of lasers.

  • Completion of the Mastership course may be credited towards modules three (Erbium Lasers) and five (Diode Lasers, Photodynamic Therapy) of the full "Master of Science Lasers in Dentistry Degree" with RWTH Aachen University's Aachen Laser Centre (AALZ). The Mastership graduate may apply to upgrade to the 2-year module based MSc. Degree. Achievements will be recognised and the fellowship fees for the recognised modules will be deducted from the total MSc. fees. The program is internationally recognised, accredited in Germany and the European Union, as well all countries that are signatories of the "Washington Accord." View Course Brochure

  • Laser units can be available and loaned to participants without access to lasers to present the five clinical cases by the host, BIOLASE / SciVision in South Africa and Mauritius by special arrangement.

  • The course will have a total amount of 390 hours workload and 96 presence hours.

  • As a participant or graduate of a Mastership / MSc. Lasers in Dentistry programme, you may request to attend the exclusive graduation ceremony and dinner at the culmination of each class (South Africa / Mauritius) as a guest or alumni of the RWTH Aachen University. Please refer such enquiries to SciVision directly. Enquire

  • The prestigious Mastership course was first brought to South Africa in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University in 2017, following by popular demand in 2018 and 2019. The course is scheduled to take place in Mauritius for the first time in October 2019 as another option for local and international dental practitioners. 

  • Participation numbers are limited to 20 to preserve the standard of excellence of the programme. Participation in the course is confirmed with the registration fee of Euro 950 upon acceptance for a limited time on a first come, first served basis. Once  the course is full, no more participants will be allowed, even in the  case of receiving acceptance and failing to register in time. The registration fee is non-refundable and forms part of the total course fees for the year applied for.

  • The course language is English.

  • The course includes catering during presence hours and may include certain optional social events. This will be indicated in the detailed programme to participants (in South Africa and Mauritius).

  • The course fees exclude travel and accommodation, but do include catering at full day lectures and the graduation ceremony for the participant.


Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht - Scientific Director

Studied  medicine and dentistry at the Universities of Bochum, Florence and  Aachen. In 1995, following several research stays in the USA, focusing  on dental laser therapy, he was awarded the Master in Application of Nd:YAG Lasers in Dentistry in Phoenix, AZ. In 1998 he was appointed Professor at the Department of Con-servative Dentistry, Periodontology and Preventative Dentistry at RWTH Aachen University. Prof. Dr. Gutknecht is Director of the Aachen Dental Laser Center (AALZ) and Scientific Director of the M.Sc. in Lasers in Dentistry programme. Furthermore, he is the President of the German Society of Laser Dentistry (DGL) and an Executive Director of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry (WFLD).
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Associate Prof. Dr. rer. medic. Rene Franzen (Physicist)

Studied  physics at Düsseldorf University and completed his thesis in the  Department for Laser Medicine. Since 2001 he has worked for RWTH Aachen  University and the AALZ Aachen Dental Laser Center and is involved in  teaching and research in the field of laser-supported dentistry. In 2003  he completed his PhD thesis for which he was awarded the RWTH prize for  outstanding interdisciplinary research. Dr. Franzen teaches optics,  laser technology, dosimetry and laser safety and is also responsible for  running the AALZ’s e-learning system.
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* As host and sponsor of the Mastership Course in South Africa, SciVision offers their BIOLASE laser clients a part-sponsorship towards participating in this course. Limited spaces are available per class. For enquiries, contact / +27 84 405 8025. 

5% Discount on Total Fees for Full One-Time Payment

Total Course Fees including 5% Discount

  • € 6 150 + 15% vat - General Delegates, Local & International
  • € 5 700 + 15% vat - SciVision BIOLASE Epic Owners / Users
  • € 5 225 + 15 % vat - SciVision BIOLASE Waterlase Owners / Users

Standard Course Fees

  • € 6 500 + 15% vat - General Participants, Local & International
  • € 6 000 + 15% vat - SciVision BIOLASE Epic Owners / Users
  • € 5 500 + 15 % vat - SciVision BIOLASE Waterlase Owners / User
    • Payable in 3-4 different payments OR up to 12 payments for South African participants

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Cape Town 2020, South Africa

15-25 Mar 2020 (Modules I-III)

Concludes with Module IV approximately one year later. May also be concluded at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.


MASTERSHIP South Africa - Class of 2019 

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