Short courses


Fellowship in Laser Dentistry

  • 45 hours
  • 6 days plus online materials


This blended-learning CPD course is designed for clinical dental professionals who want to gain a sound knowledge of, and experience with, laser-tissue interaction.

You'll learn to use laser therapy to benefit your patients' experiences and outcomes.

The course aims to provide evidence-based core knowledge in laser use in dentistry as well as refining your practical skills.

Emphasis is placed on integrating this course into the ongoing practice of dentistry for you and your patients.

Before you attend the four face-to-face modules, you'll need to spend approximately 5 hours accessing pre-course materials online. You’ll need to book this online module separately and you’ll be able to access it immediately. 

You'll earn 45 hours of verifiable CPD (continuing professional development) if you complete all modules.

The course is run at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London in collaboration with the University of Genoa.

Course content

Pre-course module: online (approximately 5 hours, £250)

  • Laser terminology
  • Historical aspects of laser development
  • Laser safety and operating parameters
  • Integration of lasers into dental practice - clinical and marketing aspects

Module one 

  • Production of laser photonic energy 
  • Relationship of laser emission to 'ordinary' light
  • Production of laser photonic energy by solid-state, gas and semi-conductor-based laser machines
  • Emission modes
  • Laser wavelengths in dentistry: an overview of their applications and laser-tissue interaction
  • Photobiomodulation (low level laser therapy): understanding the mechanism
  • Low-level laser therapy applications in dentistry
  • Photobiomodulation in the management of neuropathic pain

Module two

  • Laser use in hard-tissue management
  • Optimal laser wavelengths and power parameters relative to absorption phenomena in oral hard tissue
  • Laser interaction with dental caries, enamel, dentine, cementum
  • Laser interaction with alveolar bone
  • Laser in aesthetic dentistry
  • Laser-assisted restorative therapy
  • Practical session: laser-hard tissue interaction and its application on pigs heads and extracted teeth

Module three

  • Laser use in oral soft-tissue management
  • Laser wavelengths and consideration of optimal power parameters relative to absorption phenomena in oral soft tissue
  • Laser use in the management of non-keratinised or 'loose' soft tissue structures - lining mucosa, frenula, ventral tongue
  • Laser use in the management of keratinised or 'fixed' soft tissue - gingiva, dorsal tongue
  • Laser in implantology and role of laser-assisted therapy in the management of peri-implantitis
  • Laser use in periodontology: an overview of surgical and non-surgical applications
  • Applications of photodynamic therapy in dentistry
  • Practical session: laser soft-issue hands-on

Module four

  • Laser use in endodontics - orthograde and retrograde applications
  • The scope of laser applications in oral pathology
  • How to assess the quality of a research study
  • Laser applications in oral surgery: an overview
  • Laser applications in endodontic surgery
  • Clinical cases presentations for laser users (participants' cases)
  • Multiple-choice examination and closing ceremony

Who this course is for

You must be a registered dental practitioner, dental specialist or registrar in training to attend this course.

You'll need to hold an approved dental qualification.

Some experience of using lasers in clinical dentistry is desirable. However, this isn't necessary in order for you to benefit from this enhanced level of university-endorsed education.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should:

  • have improved your evidence-based core knowledge in laser use in dentistry and refined your practical skills
  • have an understanding of laser physics, emission modes, and how different laser wavelengths interact with various target tissues in order to deliver the optimal outcome
  • have an understating of the advantages of laser applications in dentistry in comparison to the conventional methods
  • be familiar with the applications of different laser wavelengths in dentistry
  • have an appreciation of the relative importance of evidence-based practice in laser dentistry
  • have an understanding of the health and safety regulations in using laser in your daily practice

Structure, teaching and assessment

The course consists of one online module, then four face-to-face modules.

Course content will be delivered online, and through modular didactic and practical sessions.

There will be clinical case presentations for participants who are laser users.

You'll need to sit a multiple-choice examination at the end, made up of 75 questions. The pass mark will be 70%.


You'll be able to access the online module immediately.


The standard fee is £3,400. This can be paid in instalments.

The online pre-course module is £250 and must be booked separately. 

Significant discounts available for group bookings. Contact Alison at edi.cpd@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

CPD points and certificate

On successful completion of all five modules of the course you'll gain 45 hours of verifiable CPD, plus a certificate of attendance.

An additional certificate confirming core knowledge, and health and safety will be issued by a certified laser safety officer. This fulfils the CQC requirements for laser users.

Quality controls

All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You'll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.


Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

Course team

The course team is from the University of Genoa

The course team is from the University of Genoa

The Centre for Laser Surgery and Laser Therapy, University of Genoa, was established in 1998. Directed by Professor Stefano Benedicenti, it's an academic department dedicated exclusively to laser technologies, their theoretical and practical uses, and tissue regeneration.

Teaching on this course, from the Centre, will be Professor Stefano Benedicenti (Course Director), Dr Reem Hanna (Course Leader), Dr Georgi Tomov, and Dr Roly Kornblit.

Course information last modified: 16 Mar 2020, 08:58