Prof. Dr. Roeland De Moor graduated in 1984 at the Ghent University (Belgium), where he completed a MSc in Paediatric Dentistry and Traumatology, and a MSc in Restorative Dentistry and Endodontology. He received his PhD in 1995.
From 1984 until 1998 he ran a private dental clinic with focus on restorative dentistry and endodontics, and became endodontist in 1997.
He became associate professor in 1998, full professor in 2008 and ordinary full professor in 2014 at the Ghent University, where he teaches restorative dentistry, endodontics and dento-alveolar traumatology. He is the chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontology, and in charge of the three-year Master after Master programme in Endodontics.
Research is focussed on root canal cleaning and disinfection a.o. with laser activated irrigation and light activated nanoparticles, the use of lasers and light in endodontics such as Laser Doppler Flow Metry and dental laser bleaching. His department has also an epidemiological research line focussing on endodontic quality, minimal invasive restorative and endodontic techniques and the use of bioactive materials in endodontics.
He gives lectures worldwide on the use of light and lasers in endodontics, on dental laser bleaching, and on the application of nanotechnology for endodontic purposes. He is (co)author of more than 150 international peer reviewed articles together with the Ghent Dental Photonics Research Clustre and BIOMAD (Biomedical Applications in Dentistry).
Lecture – Main Program
Value added cleaning and disinfection of the root canal: ultrasound, laser-activated irrigation, and nanodisinfection
Among present-day marketed systems ultrasonic activation appears to be the best way to activate and potentiate endodontic irrigants. An alternative for ultrasonic activation of irrigants is laser activated irrigation (LAI) or photon-initiated acoustic streaming. Based on present-day research it appears that LAI (especially with Erbium lasers) can be more efficient for debris removal out of root canals and interaction with the endodontic biofilms thanks to the induction of specific cavitation phenomena and acoustic streaming. Other wavelengths are also used for endodontic applications and some are now explored to be used for LAI.
Another way to interact with biofilms is to rely on metal nanoparticles. The exploitation of the unique attributes of nanoparticles to combat infections has increased markedly over the past decade. The latest insights into the application of nanoparticles for endodontic purposes, including their use in photodynamic therapy and laser-induced photoporation is discussed