LASERDENT was based on the validation of the Multiwave Dental Laser System with wavelength mixing through application partners (universities, clinics, application centres, dental offices) in Germany and the Netehrlands. The project aimed to support the transistion of the prototype model to a generally applicable instrument for the international markets. The technology for this has been developed over the last 4 years with a prototype installation in Austria. The core innovation is the possibility to apply and mix 3 different laser systems and wavelengths simultaneously within one tool - Er-Laser : Ablation, Ho-Laser : Cutting, Nd-Laser : Coagulation and disinfection. This system enables for the first time to cover the whole spectrum of established laser procedures in dentistry and oral surgery. The possibility of simultaneously mixing different wavelengths opens completely new therapeutic applications for the benefit of the patient.
The project consortium consisted of European endusers and application partners for each segment of the validation process (Ergonomics, Hard tissue treatment, Endodontics, Periodontology, Prevention). Local intermediaries performed the training, support and co-ordination of the endusers and performed all activities for the dissemination process.
The core benefits of the project were seen to be:
- it supports the competitiveness of the European high tech companies involved in the LASERDENT project and its partner.
- dental and medical science can benefit on a European level with new oral technologies
- dental operators can apply a new technology to the benefit of the patients due to more effective and painless working methods
- the European medical support system will generally benefit from the introduction of the technologies.
After the validation process a significant increase in the diffusion of laser dental systems in Europe and overseas is expected. The total market volume on medical lasers is est. EURO 800 M. The Return on Investment period after the project finish should be shorter than 3 years.