Meleti Marco

Marco Meleti graduated from Dental School at the University of Parma, Italy, in 2002, where he did a two-year post-graduate internship in Oral Medicine. From 2004 to 2006 he worked at the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/Oral Pathology of the Free University Medical Center/ ACTA in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he earned his PhD in 2008. In 2007, he did an internship in Oral Medicine at the Department of Oral Medicine of the University of San Francisco, California. He has served as General Secretary of the European Association of Oral Medicine (2010-2014) and as Regional Representative of EAOM Region 4 (2008-2010 and 2018–2021). In 2016, he has co-represented Europe, during the first Global Oral Cancer Forum in New York. He co-chaired the 13th Biennial EAOM Congress in Turin, Italy (2016).

Since 2021 he is President-elect of the EAOM. His main research interests include the use of novel technologies (e.g. Lasers) in oral surgery, the study of potentially malignant disorders of the oral mucosa and salivary diagnostics. He is author of 168 scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals and co-author of several books of oral medicine (h-index: 25).

Lasers in Oral Surgery

Lasers have been widely employed in the management of many conditions affecting the oral cavity. Different wavelengths can interact selectively with hard or soft tissues offering a wide range of option to the clinician. Neodymium Yttrium Aluminium Garnet (Nd:YAG), diode and Erbium (Er):YAG lasers has been reported to be useful for treatment of benign, vascular and potentially malignant disorders (PMDs) of the oral mucosa as well as for a number of disease of the jawbones. Some controversies of laser surgery concern the accuracy of pathological diagnosis as well as the control of thermal damage on the target tissue. However, if precise operative procedures and the appropriate power and frequency parameters are used it seems possible to reduce thermal injuries and support the wound healing processes. Good haemostasis with less peripheral tissue injury and post-operative pain than cold blade and electrosurgery and a more rapid recovery are reported in the literature for most wavelengths. Because of intra-operative control of bleeding and anti-bacterial and bio-stimulating properties, Nd:YAG, Er:YAG and diode lasers undoubtedly offers a chance for the surgical treatment of many oral conditions. Quantic Molecular Resonance (QMR scalpel) is a new technique that applies high frequency waves and it is indicated for several surgical treatments. It is a remarkable advance from conventional electrosurgery, and consists of non-traumatic cutting of tissue and possibly contemporary coagulation. The cut is achieved by the explosion of intracellular and infracellular liquids resonating with a special frequency. The lecture is focused on long-term experience of the surgical treatment of disease of the oral cavity through technologies such as Nd:YAG and Er:YAG lasers and QMR scalpel.