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Lasers in Dentistry

1-Year Clinical Specialisation Course

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Now also available in flexible advanced module courses to choose your most interested module/s.

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MASTERSHIP SA SET TO ROCK with celebrated Endodontist, Dr Miguel Martins (The Netherlands) and Physicist, Priv.-Doz. Dr. rer. medic. Rene Franzen (Germany).


Endodontist, researcher, Aachen Laser Center academic co-worker and an absolute class act in this field - Dr Miguel Martins (DDS,MSc, PhD) will create laser addicts as the clinical and skills lecturer at the upcoming Mastership Advanced Module Courses.

"MIGUEL IS OUTSTANDING!" say many of his students, peers and patients. He also comes with the nod of approval of his long-time 'laser-father' and legend, Prof. Dr. med. dent. Norbert Gutknecht who founded this prestigious Master Program.

Physicist, Dr Rene Franzen sets the foundation of understanding light, the interaction between lasers and various tissue in a fascinating course, the "Laser Safety Officer Course" which is a certification course and subset of the Lasers in Dentistry Mastership / Master Program. Together with Dr Miguel Martins, they will journey with participants in that conversational exploration to uncover deeper understanding of light and lasers, their interactions, and getting laser-supported clinicians beyond the stage of being just laser “button pushers,” to literally Eureka moments, through applicable physics, biophysics, talking pulse duration, hertz rate, wavelengths over a couple cups of coffee! In the end, clinicians are in control to get the desired effect and perform an ethically high level of the full scope of laser-supported treatments.


in association with

Sigmund Freud University & 

Aachen Laser Center [AALZ]

Mastership Lasers in Dentistry

Sigmund Freud University Vienna

One-Year Clinical Specialisation Course in Selected Wavelengths

Level of Qualification: Level 7 (Master) 

1 ECTS Equivalency: 15 Credit Points

The Mastership course is aimed at dental clinicians who would like to specialise in certain wavelengths of dental diode lasers (different wavelengths and types) and erbium lasers (Er:YAG, Er,Cr:YSGG), while keeping pace with the most innovative and minimally invasive treatment methods sought after by patients. Over the course of one year, over 10-12 attendance days split into 4 modules held over 3 educational blocks, participants are taught fundamental physical and technical knowledge at a high academic level, theoretically and practically, and how to recognise primary, secondary, and tertiary indications. After successful completion of an examination at Sigmund Freud University, this program concludes with the university certificate “Laser Therapy in Dentistry" including a second certificate, Laser Safety Officer, from Sigmund Freud University.

> The Mastership modules are a subset of the Master Professional program 'Lasers in Dentistry“ [120 ECTS credit points] at SFU university and qualifies you for an upgrade into that program if you so decide upon successful completion.


Lasers have been used in dentistry for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes for about 40 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, surgical techniques, and improvements in treatment success rates are observed when lasers are applied correctly.

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
  • Photobiomulation & Pain Therapy: Low Level Laser Therapy


The following lasers are taught:

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


  • Mastership Module Courses [New Option] Starting in South Africa, Feb 2024
    • Ideal for Specialists or Dentists choosing to specialise in certain procedures, who can now choose to do certain modules only, allowing for more focus on those modules / subjects.
    • This structure consists of the foundational Laser Safety Officer Certification (LSO) followed by any 3 Master Modules.
    • Once you complete your Laser Safety Officer Certification followed by any three module courses, your credits will qualify you to participate in the Mastership exam in Vienna, Austria.
      • Participants may choose to do LSO and a module as a once-off, or decide to do more modules at any time, as the credits will not expire.
    • This option offers flexibility in the choice of modules as well as flexibility in choosing to complete the Mastership qualification, and/or Master Professional Degree (MSc.) 
    • Scheduled for South Africa 2024 - View Options & Dates


  • Mastership in One Year [Traditional Option]
    • Ideal for General Practitioners
    • The course is divided into four modules requiring 10-12 days of attendance over approximately a one-year period. [3 In-Person Meeting Points including final examinations.]
    • Course concludes with the presentation of 5 clinical cases and a final written examination, either in the host country or in Vienna, at the Sigmund Freud University. (Usually optional)
    • See below modules to learn more [Currently no date scheduled for South Africa, available in Vienna]



Laser Safety and Basic Physics

  • Learn laser safety including the Laser Safety Officer Certification (in addition to the Mastership Certificate / Diploma). This certificate meets the requirements of the trade associations for obtaining expertise as a Laser Safety Officer. They are officially recognized according to the guidelines or orientated to EN 60825-1 and ANSI Z136.1.
  • Learn laser structure, function and safe and responsible handling.


Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG Lasers

  • An introduction to the physical and technical properties of Er:YAG and Er,Cr:YSGG lasers and their application is provided. These include among others, hard and soft tissue surgery, cavity preparation, periodontal therapy, peri-implantitis and bleaching. Laser-tissue interactions for these wavelengths are taught.
  • Skills training on models and patients treatments are offered under supervision (where legally allowed by local law).


Diode Lasers and Photobiomodulation Therapy

  • Learn the technical-physical principles of diode lasers and their application. The clinical indications of diode lasers are introduced and demonstrated, including skills training. These include among others, soft tissue surgery, bacterial reductions, periodontal therapy and bleaching.
  • Learn the principles of low powered diode lasers as they are used in photobiomodulation therapy. The clinical indications and benefits of these lasers are introduced using an evidence-based approach. These include, among others, the use of photosensitisers for antimicrobial therapies, wound healing and anti-pain therapy, TMJ and more. Skills-training complete this module.


Final module and graduation takes place in Vienna at Sigmund Freud University

Written examination
Presentation of five clinical treatment cases


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


  • The course is applicable to qualified dental practitioners, dentists, specialists, dental therapists and hygienists with or without laser experience. 
  • Laser experience is not required, while laser experience may be advantageous.
  • Training to become a certified Laser Safety Officer is part of the course.
  • Participants will also be connected to the AALZ e-learning network between modules and integrated into hands-on training
  • Total of 390 hours workload and 96 presence hours
  • Course is divided into three educational blocks [4 modules]
  • The exam module includes the presentation of 5 clinical cases and a written multiple-choice test
  • Participants without access to dental lasers, and in the vicinity of course hosts offices / training centres, SciVision Medical, may reach out to them for guidance and access to a laser/s for the performance of the clinical cases.  Enquire at info@scivisionmedical.com
  • Lectures take place during the day, 9:00am-5:00pm daily, unless specified otherwise.
  • A detailed lecture schedule of each day will be available prior to course. Spouses / partners are welcome to join social occasions and the graduation ceremony.
  • Course language is English.
  • Course concludes with module IV at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna.
  • The modules of the Mastership program are a subset of the Master Professional program 'Lasers in Dentistry“ [120 ECTS credit points] at SFU university and qualifies you to an upgrade into that program if you so decide upon successful completion.
  • Only graduates and current students of the Master and Mastership programs of AALZ can be members of the WALED Alumni Network (World Academy of Laser Education in Dentistry).
  • Full course/curriculum details can also be found at www.aalz.de / View Presentation  


Priv.Doz. Dr. Rene Franzen | Scientific Director - 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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Dr Miguel Martins (DDS, MSc, PhD) | Clinical & Skills Lecturer
As a researcher and academic co-worker, Dr Martins has published various original studies in peer-reviewed journals such as Lasers in Medical Science, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, and Lasers in Dental Science.
Dr. Martins originally graduated at the University of Porto (Portugal) in 2007, then specialised in Oral Implantology at Santiago Compostela’s University in Spain (2008), graduated as a Master of Science (MSc.) in Lasers in Dentistry at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany (2010), Masters Degree in Oral Laser Applications, Doctorate (PhD) in Lasers in Endodontics from University of Porto, and actively continues by participating in various academic societies, university research and lecturing as invited/keynote speaker worldwide. Dr Martins's aim is to provide a high-standard of dental care based on evidence-based laser supported dentistry, and special interest in his private Endodontic practice and Endodontic Microsurgery.

Founder: Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutknecht passed away in July 2021, but we acknowledge him for his immense contribution and dedication to this successful program. His life was dedicated to building good knowledge from his pioneering works in laser dentistry as Director of the Department of Restorative Dentistry, then Director of the “Aachen Dental Laser Center," and Scientific Director of the Academic Postgraduate Master Program: “Master of Science – Lasers in Dentistry.” His teaching debunked the dubious laser claims of the early years and researched what really worked and how to use this groundbreaking technology. His final school project was in Namibia where he helped establish the dental school at the University of Namibia.
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The Mastership modules are a subset of the Master Professional program 'Lasers in Dentistry“ [120 ECTS credit points] at SFU university and qualifies you for an upgrade into that program if you so decide upon successful completion. > Learn More about all the Master Programmes

University Module Courses, Your Pathway to your Mastership, or Master Professional MSc Degree

Complete LSO (Laser Safety Officer) + 3 Master Modules to achieve your Mastership

A Master Module Course can form part of the “Mastership Lasers in Dentistry” curriculum, provided by AALZ (World Academy for Laser Education in Dentistry) and Sigmund Freud Vienna University. By completing the Laser Safety Officer Certification Course (LSO) along with any 3 Mastership Module Courses such as Lasers in Endodontics, Periodontics, Surgery, Implantology, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Low-Level Laser Treatments and Facial Aesthetics, you will qualify for the final examination module at Vienna's Sigmund Freud University, where you will present 5 cases and complete the written exam to graduate with a Mastership in Laser Dentistry.



1-Day Laser Safety Officer

18 February 2024

Centurion, South Africa

Mastership Advanced Module Course: 

2-Day Lasers in Endo

19 & 20 February 2024

Centurion, South Africa

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