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Lasers, Workshops, Certification, Networking, and so much more!

Unlike other laser symposiums that were founded by a single laser manufacturer, the Academy of Laser Dentistry is providing unbiased CE-accredited hands-on certification and training, 10 workshops, lectures,  and discussion sessions during ALD 2019 - the event known throughout the world as Dentistry’s Laser Meeting.

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2019 Workshops

The 2019 Annual Conference offers 10 Workshops designed to allow participants to acquire didactic information and an opportunity to actually try a new method or device in an educational setting before either buying a laser or using a laser on a patient. Workshops have limited attendance. Register early to reserve your seat.

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Prosthodontics & Restorative Dentistry

Diode Laser Basic Workshop
John J. Graeber, DMD, MAGD, FICD

A diode laser can replace most conventional techniques utilized to manage soft tissue in the oral cavity. However, these laser devices are not utilized with the same techniques as scalpels, knives, non-contact lasers and sulcular retraction cords. Unique diode laser techniques are taught and practiced in this workshop. Simulated in-vitro exercises will simulate the most common soft tissue surgical and manipulative procedures. All procedures taught are shown in microscopic videography. Among the procedures taught are Impression troughing, laser antibacterial pocket debridement, gingivectomy/gingivoplasty, incisional and excisional pontic site development, sulcular and vertical incisions, frenectomy,transmucosal implant placement. A review of basic contact laser techniques and laser safety is included.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Oral Surgery & Soft Tissue Applications

Diode Laser Advanced Workshop
John J. Graeber, DMD, MAGD, FICD

This workshop is designed for dentists who have had basic training in diode laser techniques and now wish to expand their knowledge and performance of more difficult cases. An introductory presentation will describe proper photoinitiation techniques, efficient use of power/pulsing choices, proper angulation of tip to tissue, efficiency of stroke length and touch forces. The procedures taught will be viewed on microvideos prior to the practical session. Among the procedures practiced will include Biopsy, lingual frenectomy, Venous lake ablation, Hemangioma removal, Epulis excision, Vestibuloplasty, laser welding, Incisions for flaps, transmucosal implant placement, emergence profile creation, Transseptal fiberotomy and apicoectomy. All of the procedures can be accomplished utilizing any diode laser device.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Surgical Applications with the Use of Different Laser Energy for Different Applications / Advanced Workshop
Ed Kusek, DDS

This didactic and hands-on course will discuss use of diode, erbium, 10600nm CO2 and 9300nm CO2 to treat flap preparations, treat infected sites for apico and osteotomy sites, uncovering implants, peri implantitis, tissue grafting, ovate pontic formation, crown lengthening for osseous and soft tissue and many more. Each participant will have opportunity to work on pig jaws to simulate the human dentition.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Hygiene

Jeanette Miranda, RDH  Angie Wallace, RDH
Mary Lynn Smith, RDH  Gloria Monzon, RDH
Heather Angers, RDH  Shannon Richkowski, RDH

Beginner Applications: Give 'Em a Hand: Hygiene Hands-On
Jeanette Miranda, RDH
Angie Wallace, RDH
Mary Lynn Smith, RDH
Gloria Monzon, RDH
Heather Angers, RDH
Shannon Richkowski, RDH

This hands-on workshop will allow hygienists the opportunity to try a variety of soft-tissue lasers (diodes, CO2, erbiums), spend time working on techniques (Laser-assisted Periodontal Therapy, Laser Bacterial Reduction, and Photobiomodulation), and be able to get answers to their questions from experienced laser hygienists. NOTE: This presentation discusses investigational devices that may not have yet received U.S. approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Advanced Applications: Laser Safety Around Implants Workshop
Heather Angers, RDH

Lasers are utilized for many applications in dental hygiene. One of which is the use of lasers around dental implants. The lecture is a pre-requisite for the workshop. Learn how to recognize disease vs. health and how to effectively and safely use lasers around dental implants in the day to day routine. A variety of different lasers will be used during the hands-on participation workshop. NOTE: This presentation may discuss investigational devices that may not have yet received U.S. approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Periodontics

Closed Flap Laser Periodontal Surgery
Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd

Periodontitis results in decreased attachment and eventual loss of the dentition. While traditional methodologies such as flap and osseous procedures have resulted in success, their acceptance by the lay public has been marginal. Various dental laser wavelengths utilized to manage periodontitis have demonstrated clinical success with positive patient-related outcomes and a concomitant decrease in recession. To attain success, a minimally invasive laser procedure must adhere in detail to the principles of wound healing. This workshop will identify each step and create in a workbook format the details of a closed flap laser procedure from de-epithialization to degranulation and decortication. Each participant will perform a closed flap procedure to the level of competency. Non-laser components will include microthin ultrasonics and innovative glycine air systems. Adjunctive steps and indications will be introduced including osseous grafting and biologic mediators to enhance regeneration. Postoperative management systems will be developed with reevaluation protocols to determine success. Case presentation and marketing will be explored along with third-party coding.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Pediatrics & Orthodontics

Lawrence Kotlow, DDS

All Tissue Laser for the Pediatric & General Applications: 9.3 Isotropic Carbon Dioxide Laser
Lawrence Kotlow, DDS

The 9.3 Isotropic Carbon Dioxide all tissue laser allows a dentist to complete most pediatric dental procedures without the need for local anesthesia in the vast majority of both hard and soft tissue procedures. It is safe and effective for soft tissue treatment for newborn infants and adults. It has been said for years that no laser can do everything, however the Solea laser (Solea, Convergent Dental, Needham, Mass., USA) may just be that laser. This presentation will discuss treatment of all classes of restorative dentistry and over 20 soft tissue procedures that the pediatric and general dentist can perform in his or her practice. While this workshop focuses on the unique properties of the Solea laser, a balanced approach including comparing how different lasers may be utilized is included.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Lasers in the Pediatric Setting – TOTS
Lawrence Kotlow, DDS

This presentation will give the attendees an overview of the mechanism of action of a 9300-nm CO2 laser (Solea, Convergent Dental, Needham, Mass., USA) and how it is used for both hard and soft tissue procedures on the pediatric patient without the need for local anesthesia in the vast majority of cases. While this workshop focuses on the unique properties of the Solea laser, a balanced approach including comparing how different lasers may be utilized is included.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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Photobiomodulation

Lawrence Kotlow, DDS
Arun Darbar, DDS
Mel Burchman, DDS

Photobiomodulation Workshop
Gerald Ross, DDS
Arun Darbar, DDS
Mel Burchman, DDS

This workshop, by experienced photobiomodulation clinicians, is intended to illustrate the clinical conditions that can be treated with various laser devices with photobiomodulation.  Participants will try different techniques. There will be time for questions as participants will be divided into small groups and will rotate around the room. The goal of the workshop is to allow experienced users to expand and improve their use of photobiomodulation and for new users to be able learn how this technology can have many applications in their dental practice.

Attendance is limited to 30.

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