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ALD Online Courses & Videos

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The ALD video library and online courses spans a wealth of information on a variety of applications within dentistry where lasers are used as an adjunctive tool for patient care. Elective courses provide added knowledge on a specific clinical application or scientific area within dentistry. The Introductory Course category contains both "Getting Started" level topics and "Advanced" level topics of less than 4 hours in length.


INTRODUCTORY Courses

Getting Started...

Course Name Description Audience Availability Non-Members Members Registration

Intro Course

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Close This course is provided free of charge upon registration and is a view/read only video pending voice over narration. This PowerPoint presentation is intended to provide you with the basics of laser science, tissue interaction and safety as well as to show you different clinical procedures utilizing lasers.

This course satisfies the pre-requisite required for completion of a recognized Introduction to Lasers course for Standard Proficiency Certification.

For more detailed information on ALD's Introductory Proficiency Certification CLICK HERE
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Introduction to Lasers 2012 00:26:02 TBD
 
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Diode Lasers Intro [D. Graeber]

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Close This course provides an overview of the uses of diode lasers. It demonstrates how to utilize diode lasers to perform common clinical surgical techniques.

Educational Objectives
  • Viewers will be able select the lowest possible power to meet the treatment objectives
  • Viewers will learn basic cleaving and photo initiation techniques
  • Viewers will be able to clinically apply incision, excision and ablation laser techniques to conventional procedures
  • Viewers will learn to manually operate diode lasers safely and efficiently
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Diode Laser Techniques 2012 01:38:26 Dr. John Graeber

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Getting Started - Clinical

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1064 Diode Clinical Applications [L. Kotlow]

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Close This video course is part of the 2012 ALD Education Day and is available at NO CHARGE (to ALD Members ONLY) as a member benefit.

This lecture presents an introduction to the 1064-nm diode laser. Clinical case presentations include treatment of herpes labialis, lingual and maxillary frenectomy procedures, and phase three orthodontics including gingival reshaping.

Educational Objectives
  • Specify the scientific rationale for the use of various lasers in treating a range of intraoral conditions
  • Summarize outcomes of case presentations involving lasers of various wavelengths; cite adjunctive methods that aid treatment
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of laser use compared to conventional treatment modalities
  • Develop appropriate vocabulary to be used when explaining clinical indications for laser use
  • Identify proper terminology and clarity on the terms commonly used for laser-assisted intrasulcular hygiene procedures
  • Identify regulatory updates concerning scope of practice
  • Identify several teaching styles and techniques that help educators engage students in lecture and classroom settings
  • Review effective techniques for producing videos and then incorporating them into educational slide presentations
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
1064-nm Micropulsed Diode Laser for Clinical Applications 2013 00:26:43 Dr. Larry Kotlow

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Hygiene Procedures [A. Mott et al.]

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Close This video course is part of the 2012 ALD Education Day and is available at NO CHARGE (to ALD Members ONLY) as a member benefit.

This presentation discusses intrasulcular procedures for the dental hygienist. Proper terminology and clarity on the terms commonly used for laser-assisted intrasulcular procedures provided by Mr. John Sulewski titled “Terminology for Laser-Assisted Intrasulcular Procedures” will be discussed. Charts are included showing suggested control panel settings for intrasulcular procedures by device using currently available FDA-cleared laser wavelengths: Nd:YAG (1064 nm), Diodes (810, 940, 980, and 1064 nm), Er:YAG, Er,Cr:YSGG, and Micropulsed CO2. Regulatory updates concerning scope of practice are addressed.

Educational Objectives
  • Specify the scientific rationale for the use of various lasers in treating a range of intraoral conditions
  • Summarize outcomes of case presentations involving lasers of various wavelengths; cite adjunctive methods that aid treatment
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of laser use compared to conventional treatment modalities
  • Develop appropriate vocabulary to be used when explaining clinical indications for laser use
  • Identify proper terminology and clarity on the terms commonly used for laser-assisted intrasulcular hygiene procedures
  • Identify regulatory updates concerning scope of practice
  • Identify several teaching styles and techniques that help educators engage students in lecture and classroom settings
  • Review effective techniques for producing videos and then incorporating them into educational slide presentations
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Dental Hygiene Intrasulcular Laser Procedures, Proper Terminology, and Regulatory Updates 2012 01:18:32 Angie Mott, RDH & Gwen Smukowski, RDH

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LLLT [L. Kotlow]

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Close This video course is part of the 2012 ALD Education Day and is available at NO CHARGE (to ALD Members ONLY) as a member benefit.

This presentation shows the use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) in pediatric dentistry. Discussion includes the available science, anecdotal reports of the way PBM technology works, and what is currently being done in the scientific arena in other areas of medicine with photobiomodulation.

Educational Objectives
  • Specify the scientific rationale for the use of various lasers in treating a range of intraoral conditions
  • Summarize outcomes of case presentations involving lasers of various wavelengths; cite adjunctive methods that aid treatment
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of laser use compared to conventional treatment modalities
  • Develop appropriate vocabulary to be used when explaining clinical indications for laser use
  • Identify proper terminology and clarity on the terms commonly used for laser-assisted intrasulcular hygiene procedures
  • Identify regulatory updates concerning scope of practice
  • Identify several teaching styles and techniques that help educators engage students in lecture and classroom settings
  • Review effective techniques for producing videos and then incorporating them into educational slide presentations
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Photobiomodulation (PBM) in Dentistry 2013 00:29:50 Dr. Larry Kotlow

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Lasers in Perio [S. Low]

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Participants will be able to review various laser therapies with attention to both the perio-restorative and perio-pathology uses in a hands-on, supervised workshop environment with lasers and hog jaws. Clinicians will explore both anecdotal and science-based resources, from crown lengthening procedures to treatment of periodontitis. Case reports demonstrating success will be utilized along with a clear explanation of contraindications. Incorporating lasers into a dental practice will be introduced, considering patient acceptance and third-party coding.

Educational Objectives
  • Investigate laser utilization in a periodontal environment, including wavelengths (primarily diode and erbium lasers) and techniques.
  • Differentiate laser technologies for periodontal indications (surgical and nonsurgical).
  • Understand indications for using lasers in crown lengthening and pre-orthodontic procedures including esthetics.
  • Determine the appropriate laser equipment for the individual practice.
  • Develop postoperative evaluation protocols that assess wound healing.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Utilizing Laser Technology in a Periodontal Environment 2011 01:43:42 Samuel B. Low, DDS, MS, Med

University of Florida, School of Dentistry, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Dr. Low is Professor Emeritus, University of Florida College of Dentistry and Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 32 years of private practice experience. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Past President of the American Academy of Periodontology, and provides dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal practices. He was selected as the "Dentist of the Year" by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and received the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and presently the 17th District American Dental Association (ADA) Trustee.

Disclosure: Dr. Low has financial interest in the Florida Probe Corporation.
Contact Dr. Low by email at slow@dental.ufl.edu

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Getting Started - Science

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Tissue Biotype Importance [R. Convissar]

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Is a gingivectomy always a gingivectomy? Is a frenectomy always a frenectomy? Should a laser dentist always use the same parameters for a given procedure, no matter what the tissue biotype? Does melanotic tissue cut at the same rate as coral pink tissue? Does red, inflamed tissue cut at the same rate as healthy tissue? Do 3 Watts delivered at high Hz/low mJ have the same effect on tissue as 3 Watts delivered at low Hz/high mJ? Or 3 Watts Continuous Wave? Should we change the spot size when we treat different tissue biotypes? Does our laser allow us to change spot sizes without changing the focal distance? How do we know which set of parameters to use? How do we determine what pulse duration to use? What emission cycle?

Determining how to use a laser is more than just looking in a manual to select the proper watts for the procedure. When performing laser dentistry, the dentist must know not only what the proper parameters are for a procedure, buy why those parameters are best. By understanding how the three parameters of energy, time, and spot size affect laser/tissue interaction, the dentist will be able to make one instrument perform virtually any laser surgical procedure.

The purpose of this course is to give the laser dentist the proper knowledge necessary to confidently manipulate energy, time, and spot size to in order to maximize treatment results.

Educational Objectives
  • Understand the relationship between the 3 parameters of energy, time, and spot size and how they influence surgical outcomes.
  • Understand the difference between high Hz/low mJ vs. low Hz/high mJ vs. CW in selection of optimal laser parameters.
  • Understand how to evaluate tissue biotype and select optrimal laser parameters based on biotype.
  • Understand not only what parameters to use for each surgical procedure, but why those parameters should be used.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
The Importance of Tissue Biotype in the Selection of the Optimal Laser Parameters 2011 01:03:00 Robert Convissar, DDS

Dr. Robert Convissar is a true pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists to incorporate lasers into a general dental practice, Dr. Convissar has more than 21 years experience with CO2, diode, Nd:YAG, and erbium lasers. He has written/co-written 4 textbooks and over 16 peerreviewed papers on laser dentistry. Awards include Fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, American Society of Dento-Facial Esthetics, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has delivered more than 200 laser certification courses from London to Tokyo to Hong Kong and everywhere in between. Dr. Convissar practices laser, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in New York City, where he also serves as Director of Laser Dentistry at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

Disclosure: Dr. Convissar has no commercial or financial interest relative to this presentation.
Dr. Convissar may be contacted by e-mail at laserbobdds@msn.com

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LLLT - Growth Factors Stem Cells [S. Patel]

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Laser phototherapy (LPT) is able to increase cellular metabolism, and thus influence the odontogenic differentiation of human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs). Certain growth factors, such as platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) and bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2), are also involved in dentinogenesis and tissue repair. The aim of this study was to analyze the effects of LPT with and without growth factors on odontogenic differentiation of hDPSCs.

Material and Methods
Cells were grown in a regular medium (G1) and irradiated (G2), mineralizing medium (G3) and irradiated (G4), mineralizing medium containing PDGF (G5) and irradiated (G6), mineralizing medium containing BMP-2 (G7) and irradiated (G8). For irradiated groups, LPT was performed in punctual and contact mode with a 660-nm diode laser with a beam spot area of 0.028 cm2 (DMC Dental, Indium-Gallium-Aluminum-Phosphide (InGaAlP) – visible red). The following laser parameters were used: power 20mW; fluence 5 J/cm2; and time 7 seconds/point. Differentiation was assessed by the subsequent analysis: expression of genes related to odontogenic differentiation (dentin sialophosphoprotein [DSPP], dentin matrix acidic phosphoprotein 1 [DMP-1], and osterocalin [OCN]) using quantitative real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR); alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and calcium deposition using alizarin red staining on days 3, 7, and 14.

Results
Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and Tukey’s test (P < 0.05) were used. On day 14, the expressions of odontogenic genes were significantly higher in G8. Similarly, G8 exhibited the highest alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity on day 3 and the largest amount of calcium deposits on day 14.

Conclusion
The highest level of odontogenic differentiation of hDPSCs was observed when LPT was applied in association with BMP-2, suggesting that a combined LPT+BMP-2 therapy could have a beneficial clinical application in treating dental pulp exposure. This presentation discusses investigational devices that have not yet received U.S. FDA approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses

Educational Objectives
  • Summarize the process of dentinogenesis and tissue repair.
  • Relate the basic concept of tissue engineering and its use in clinical dentistry.
  • Recognize the effects of laser phototherapy in odontogenic differentiation of dental pulp stem cells.
  • Realize the future clinical application of laser phototherapy on dental tissue regeneration.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Effects of Laser Phototherapy (LPT) and Growth Factors PDGF and BMP-2 on the Odontongenic Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells 2012 00:17:26 Dr. Shalizeh Patel, DDS

Dr. Patel joined the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry at Houston in 2008 after practicing dentistry in the private sector for 7 years. She joined Dr. Juliana Barros, Director of Dental Laser Studies, in designing a didactic and lab-based teaching curriculum for laser education at the University of Texas School of Dentistry (UTSD). Her interest in low-level laser dentistry has allowed her to present lectures and continuing education classes at local, state, and national levels. She also collaborated with the UTSD’s Endodontic Department and was able to study the effects of indirect low-level laser irradiation on the migration and proliferation of dentinal follicle progenitor cells. She is collaborating with the MD Anderson Cancer Center in studying the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients, and with UTSD’s Orthodontic Department in investigating the effects of LLLT on bone regeneration and healing.

Disclosure: Dr. Patel has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest relative to this presentation.
Contact Dr. Patel by e-mail at shalizeh.patel@uth.tmc.edu

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Antimicrobial Effects of PDT [C.Chui]

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Introduction

Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (a-PDT), using a combination of red-colored laser/light and blue dye, has been employed for periodontal therapy and the bactericidal effect seems promising. Considering the wavelength property, a blue light-emitting diode (LED) would be a more promising light source for a-PDT since the LED itself has been shown to possess an antimicrobial effect (Feuerstein O, Persman N, Weiss EI. Phototoxic effect of visible light on Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum: An in vitro study. Photochem Photobiol 2004;80(3):412-415). This study investigates the effect of a-PDT using a combination of highpower blue LED (a device modified from FlashMax2, CMS Dental, Copenhagen, Denmark, 425-500 nm, 4 W/cm2 power density) and red dye agent as well as gene expression profiling after blue or red LED (FotoSan, CMS Dental, Copenhagen, Denmark, 625-635 nm, 2 W/cm2 power density) irradiation on Porphyromonas gingivalis in vitro.

Materials

P. gingivalis was irradiated with a blue or red LED, or mixed with the Rose Bengal (RB) stain with/without following blue LED irradiation. Secondly, P. gingivalis was irradiated with a blue or red LED anaerobically, incubated, and then the total ribonucleic acids (RNAs) were isolated. RNA degradation was measured by using a Bioanalyser. Microarray analysis was performed using custommade P. gingivalis arrays (NimbleGen). Additionally, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) (qPCR) was done to validate changes in gene expression.

Results

The combination of blue LED and RB exhibited significantly higher bacterial reduction compared to other groups. In anaerobic irradiation, blue LED inhibited the bacterial growth. No RNA degradations were observed in either LED. Microarray analysis showed a different gene expression profile with/without blue LED. Blue LED irradiation affected the gene expressions associated with DNA replication and cell division.

Conclusions

Blue LED has a growth inhibition effect on P. gingivalis. a-PDT using a combination of blue LED and RB shows promise as a new modality for bacterial elimination in periodontal therapy. This presentation discusses investigational devices that have not yet received U.S. FDA approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses.

Educational Objectives

  • Identify the antimicrobial effect of a-PDT using a combination of a high-power blue LED and a red dye agent on Porphyromonas gingivalis in vitro.
  • Specify the effect of high-power blue and red LEDs on Porphyromonas gingivalis and the gene expression profiling after blue and red LED irradiation.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Antimicrobial Effect of a-PDT Using High Power Blue LED and Red Dye Agent on Porphyromonas Gingivalis (Seidner Student Scholar) 2013 00:29:36 Chanthoeun Chui, DDS (2013 Seidner Student Scholar)

Dr. Chui graduated as the best student of her generation from the Faculty of Odontostomatology, University of Health Sciences, Cambodia, in 2006. She joined Tokyo Medical and Dental University's (TMDU's) Periodontology Department for a PhD course as a Monbukagakusho Scholarship recipient in 2008. Additionally, she is a member of the Advanced International Super Student (AISS) of Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) Program, International Research Center for Molecular Sciences in Tooth and Bone Diseases, TMDU.

Disclosure: Dr. Chui has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest relative to this presentation.
Contact Dr. Chui by e-mail at lobkob@yahoo.com

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LLLT in Dentistry [G. Ross]

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Photobiomodulation with the use of Lasers and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have demonstrated to be an extremely useful tool in all facets and specialties of dentistry. This presentation will cover the primary and secondary mechanisms of interaction of light with tissues and will show how an understanding of these mechanisms can be applied to make dental treatment much better for both the dental practitioner as well as the patients. Attendees will leave with an understanding of dosage and wavelength so they will be able to make knowledge-based decisions to successfully treat their patients. It is the knowledge that is the key to successful treatment and not the laser system. Among the conditions covered in this presentation will be:
  • Treatment of soft tissue lesions- herpes simplex, apthous ulcers, denture and appliance sore spots and mucositis
  • Pain reduction and faster healing post-surgically after both hard and soft tissue surgery
  • Restorative treatment-Including analgesia so more dentistry can be done without needles, as well as treatment and prevention of post op sensitivity
  • Endodontic applications-The reduction of post op pain after endodontic therapy, differential diagnosis , and treatment of dentin hypersensitivity
  • Implants-Pain reduction after surgery; as well the ability to get faster integration with better quality bone.
  • Orthodontics- Faster tooth movement with reduced pain
  • Nerve regeneration in the treatment of parasthesias
  • Treatment of facial pain- treatment of TMJ pain, myopathic pain, TMJ arthritis and treatment of neuropathic pain and trigeminal neuralgia
  • A discussion of the use of Photobiomodulation in other health fields.

Educational Objectives
  • Understand the scientific mechanisms of photobiomodulation.
  • Understand wavelength, dosage, and time and be able to apply this knowledge to clinical decisions.
  • Identify what conditions can be treated and how to treat them.
  • When treating these conditions the participants will be able to modify their treatment based on the patient’s individual needs rather than on a cookbook approach.
  • Learn how to research treatment based articles from peer reviewed literature.
  • Financial considerations of Photobiomodulation treatment will be addressed.
  • The participants will be able to return to their practice and immediately be able to apply the knowledge gained to make their practice more rewarding for both themselves as well as their patients.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Evidence Based Applications of Low Level Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation) 2013 01:05:22 Gerald Ross, DDS

Dr. Ross is a 1971 graduate and has carried on a general practice with a special interest in the treatment of facial pain in a small town since graduation. He has used surgical lasers (Nd:YAG and diode) since 1992 and low-level lasers since 1993. He has been a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) since its inception and holds Advanced Proficiency. Dr. Ross has written numerous articles on lowlevel lasers and has completed more than 100 presentations all over the world on applications as well as his own research. He attends many meetings on the subject of photobiomodulation and uses this current information to be able to give knowledge based on current research. He is currently President of the North American Association of Laser Therapy (NAALT) which is the largest organization of low-level laser users and researchers in North America. He does peer review on lowlevel laser articles for both Photomedicine and Laser Surgery as well as Lasers (the British laser journal). Dr. Ross has been asked to write Guest Editorials for Photomedicine and Laser Surgery.

Disclosure: Dr. Ross is president of Laser Light Canada which sells various low-level devices. There has been no input in connection with this lecture. Dr. Ross has not received any financial considerations in presenting this lecture. There will be no commercial overtones in this presentation. Contact Dr. Ross by e-mail at ddsross@rogers.com

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Perio - Therapeutics [A. Levy]

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This presentation will review the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of periodontal disease in the general practice. Through the use of a systematic protocol of diagnostic tools, coupled with treatment modalities, it is possible and effective to keep patients from suffering from advanced periodontal disease in most cases within the general practice. The use of dental lasers such as an Nd:YAG at 1064 nm (dLase 300, American Dental Technologies, Birmingham, Mich., USA) and diode at 980 nm (Curative980R Diode Laser, OroScience, Palo Alto, Calif., USA) has enhanced our effectiveness and given dentists a tool to increase our success rate while reducing patient discomfort. Coupling this with support of the immune system, the use of time released locally applied antibiotics, and low-level laser therapy using multiwavelength diodes (Q1000, QLasers, Rapid City, S.D., USA) as well as the 660 nm and 808 nm enhancers, we are now able to maximize our results and reduce the rate of recurrence in the periodontal patient. After this presentation, practitioners will have a systematic program to help their patients manage early-to-moderate periodontal disease. They can then decide if it is in their capabilities to treat advanced disease or opt to refer to a qualified specialist for localized, isolated procedures where necessary. This program will give new laser users a treatment approach that will expand their capabilities on the first day after the program in their own office. It will also refresh experienced laser users on the tools they have in treating one of the most insidious diseases that we face in the dental office on a daily basis.

Educational Objectives

  • Diagnose and recognize periodontal disease at its early stages.
  • Help promote a reduction in tissue destruction through early intervention.
  • Treat and reduce the symptoms of periodontal disease.
  • Prevent long-term destruction by the progression of more advanced disease.
  • Enhance and stimulate repair of the destructive potential through support of the immune system as well as stimulation of healing at a cellular level.
  • Monitor and reduce the potential of recurrence of the disease through effective home care and recare visits.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Periodontal Therapy in Everyday Practice: A Combined Therapeutic Approach 2013 00:27:10 Arthur B. Levy, DMD

Dr. Levy has been an early adopter of laser technology since 1990 when he began using an Nd:YAG laser in private practice. He was an Associate Professor of Prosthodontics at Fairleigh Dickinson University School of Dental Medicine from 1976-1989, cofounder of the Metropolitan Academy of Laser Dentistry New York and New Jersey, and charter member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on lasers and restorative dentistry and has published on both endodontics and periodontics. Being a private practice clinician, his perspective is focused on ensuring patient comfort while delivering effective patient care.

Disclosure: Dr. Levy has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest relative to this presentation.
Contact Dr. Levy by e-mail at lsrdocloft@embarqmail.com

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Advanced - Clinical

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Er,Cr:YSGG Implantitis [E. Kusek]

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This lecture presents the scientific rationale for the use of the Er,Cr:YSGG laser to treat peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis, including a discussion of the nonsurgical and surgical use of the Er,Cr:YSGG laser, along with other adjuncts to aid treatment.

Educational Objectives
  • Specify the scientific rationale for the use of various lasers in treating a range of intraoral conditions
  • Summarize outcomes of case presentations involving lasers of various wavelengths; cite adjunctive methods that aid treatment
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of laser use compared to conventional treatment modalities
  • Develop appropriate vocabulary to be used when explaining clinical indications for laser use
  • Identify proper terminology and clarity on the terms commonly used for laser-assisted intrasulcular hygiene procedures
  • Identify regulatory updates concerning scope of practice
  • Identify several teaching styles and techniques that help educators engage students in lecture and classroom settings
  • Review effective techniques for producing videos and then incorporating them into educational slide presentations
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Er,Cr:YSGG Laser to Treat Implantitis 2013 00:22:21 Dr. Ed Kusek

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CO2 Severe Ankyloglossia [M. Lomke]

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This clinical case demonstrates the use of an inherently continuous-wave technology – a CO2 laser – that is electo-optically micropulsed. This allows the high energy that is emitted to be delivered to the soft tissue target in an extremely short pulse width, thus enabling char-free ablation. This clinical case shows how the use of dental laser technology can improve the quality of a patient's life by removing ankyloglossia as a barrier to proper communication.

Educational Objectives
  • Specify the scientific rationale for the use of various lasers in treating a range of intraoral conditions
  • Summarize outcomes of case presentations involving lasers of various wavelengths; cite adjunctive methods that aid treatment
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of laser use compared to conventional treatment modalities
  • Develop appropriate vocabulary to be used when explaining clinical indications for laser use
  • Identify proper terminology and clarity on the terms commonly used for laser-assisted intrasulcular hygiene procedures
  • Identify regulatory updates concerning scope of practice
  • Identify several teaching styles and techniques that help educators engage students in lecture and classroom settings
  • Review effective techniques for producing videos and then incorporating them into educational slide presentations
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
10,600-nm Micropulsed CO2 Laser to Treat Severe Ankyloglossia 2013 00:28:14 Dr. Mitch Lomke

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Endo - Using PIPS [E. Divito et al]

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This presentation will review the recent literature about laser use in endodontics and will show the use of a 2940-nm Er:YAG laser (PowerLase® AT, Lares Research/Fotona d.d., Chico, Calif., USA/Ljubljana, Slovenia) during the root canal therapy. The use of a newly designed stripped and radial tip, of low energy emission with very short pulse (50 microseconds), produces a Photon-Induced Photoacoustic Streaming (PIPS™) of the irrigants within the root canal, which aids in the three-dimensional cleansing and decontamination of the root canal system. The lecture will include evidence of the improved debridement of the root canal system in all three dimensions, with the use of high-definition videos, scanning electron microscopy, and the associated bacteriology studies just concluded by leading research institutions. It will also review the discovery and development of this technique.

Educational Objectives
  • Define how an Er:YAG laser may be used to aid in three-dimensional cleansing of the root canal system.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Endodontic Procedures - Part 2: Photoacoustic Endodontics Using PIPS with an Er:YAG Laser 2011 01:54:40 Dr. Enrico E. DiVito et al

Dr. Enrico DiVito has been in practice since 1980. He established and runs the Arizona Center for Laser Dentistry in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is always exploring potential uses for innovations in the field and holds a number of patents for dental products. He lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. DiVito is the founder and director of the state-accredited Arizona School of Dental Assisting. He also teaches as a clinical instructor at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and is responsible for helping to create and implement their Department of Laser Dentistry. In 2007 he was awarded the Biolase Clinical Case of the Year.

Disclosure: Dr. DiVito receives honoraria from Lares Research for lectures on laser dentistry. He is also a shareholder in Medical Dental Advanced Technology Group, which has performed the research forPIPS™.
Contact Dr. DiVito by e-mail at edivito@azcld.com

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Lasers in Perio - 20 Yrs Retrospective [L. Braswell]

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Dentistry and periodontics have greatly changed over the last 20 years. Lasers have revolutionized the way we treat periodontal disease and promise to provide even more exciting applications in the future. This lecture will review early laser techniques and procedures with long-term follow-up including clinical photographs and radiographic evidence. Different lasers will be presented including diode (950-1010 nm, Biolitec, East Longmeadow, Mass., USA), Nd:YAG (1064 nm) and Ho:YAG (2100 nm, DuoPulse, Excel-Quantronix, Hauppauge, N.Y., USA), Er,Cr:YSGG (2790 nm, Waterlase MD, Biolase Technology, Irvine, Calif., USA), CO2 (10,600 nm, prototype CO2, ILT Technologies, and ATL-150 CO2 prototype, Emvera Technologies, Cedartown, Ga., USA) argon (488 nm, HGM, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA), and a new modular diode system (980 nm, Alta Modular Laser System, Dental Photonics, Walpole, Mass., USA). Cases include periodontal scaling and root planing, surgery, cosmetic procedures, and adjunctive support for orthodontic treatment. By reviewing past successes and failures, we can better plan how to treat disease and esthetic cases in the future.

Educational Objectives
  • Review laser cases in dentistry and periodontology performed over the last 20 years.
  • Consider future dental and periodontal applications based on new technology.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Lasers in Perio: A 20-Year Retrospective View 2013 00:53:33 Laura D. Braswell, DDS

Dr. Braswell is in private practice as the owner of Buckhead Periodontics. After attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, she completed a Residency in Periodontics and served on the faculty at Emory University. Her background includes research evaluating drugs for both National Institutes of Health (NIH) trials and private corporations. She is currently involved in a laser study looking at exciting laser applications in Periodontics.

Disclosure:Dr. Braswell has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest relative to this presentation.
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Perio - Non Surgical: Nd:YAG and CO2 [M.L. Smith]

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The ultimate goal of nonsurgical laser-assisted periodontal therapy is to gain control of the patient's periodontal disease. The first strategy to achieve control is inactivating microbes which invoke the body's inflammatory response. Bactericidal properties of lasers have been proven through research. This study was designed to explore not only the clinical resolution possible for the patient but also the effect of both the 980-nm diode laser and the 10,600-nm CO2 laser on colony-forming units (CFUs). Both lasers were effective in treatment by reducing CFUs and improving clinical indices.

Method

Periodontal pocket depths and bleeding sites were recorded at pretreatment, 12 weeks post-treatment, and at 12-week maintenance appointments. Paper points were used to gain microorganisms from eight pockets. On the initial treatment and 12-week appointments, samples were taken prior to instrumentation, following conventional definitive instrumentation, and following lasing using sulcular debridement protocols. Six weeks after initial treatment, samples were taken prior to instrumentation. No lasing occurred at the 6-week appointment. Each time the samples were taken, they were processed immediately. The samples were cultured in both aerobic and anaerobic conditions for 2 weeks, then counted.

The diode laser was added to the erbium laser regimen because the 810-nm diode wavelength is easily absorbed by melanin and hemoglobin and other chromophores present in periodontally diseased tissues and pathogens. When this case was started in 2004, published literature on bacterial reduction was focused on diode and Nd:YAG lasers. Current published studies support the erbium laser's ability to reduce bacteria. Literature supports that erbium lasers can provide a more suitable environment for cell adhesion favorable to the attachment of the periodontal ligament (PDL).

Method

The Nd:YAG laser case was treated using 12 appointments at 7 to 10-day intervals; the fiber's working length was shortened by 1 mm at each appointment. The Er,Cr:YSGG / diode combination case was treated with 5 appointments at weekly intervals. The erbium laser's Z6 – 9-mm tip was utilized for the removal of diseased tissue approximately 1 millimeter less than pocket depth. Laser operating parameters: 0.25-0.75 Watt; 15-20% air; 10-15% water; exposure duration 5-10 seconds per site. Scaling and root planing was then performed. Final treatment used a pulsed diode laser set at 1 Watt average power for bacterial reduction.

Results

Both Nd:YAG laser and the combination erbium and diode laser showed good results, although the combination case achieved faster tissue healing. The root surface appeared similar to a non-erbium laser treated site. Both cases presented with no complications.

Conclusions

In this case, the combined treatment using Er,Cr:YSGG and diode lasers seemed advantageous over the Nd:YAG laser due to more efficient healing. This presentation discusses off-label use of a device that has not received U.S. FDA marketing clearance for the specified clinical indication.

Educational Objectives

  • Compare the healing results of the Nd:YAG laser to the erbiumdiode laser combination case at 1-week and 3-month postoperative treatments.
  • Explain that an erbium-diode combination wavelength is safe and effective for hygiene therapy.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Which is Which? Pilot study comparing the 980NM Diode Laser & the 10,0600nm CO2 Laser in Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy 2012 00:31:18 Mary Lynn Smith, RDH

Ms. Smith has been a registered dental hygienist for 17 years in both Texas and Kansas. She holds Standard Proficiency in both the Nd:YAG (1064 nm) and diode (810 nm) lasers and received her Advanced Proficiency status in 2007 with the Nd:YAG laser wavelength. She has contributed to the dental community through lectures, hands-on workshops, and published works. She considers it a privilege to be among other laser users and shares from her own joy of daily dental hygiene practice.

Disclosure: Mary Lynn Smith consults independently for DEKA Laser Technologies, Inc. and has been compensated.
Contact Ms. Smith by e-mail at marylynnrdh@gmail.com

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Perio Therapy - Nd:YAG, Er,Cr:YSGG & 810 Diode [G. Monzon]

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This study compares the active phase periodontal therapy using an Nd:YAG (1064 nm) laser with a combination therapy of Er,Cr:YSGG (2780 nm) and diode (810 nm) lasers. The same patient was treated in both cases, first in 1992 with the Nd:YAG laser by Teri Gutierrez, RDH, then by this presenter in 2004 with the combination of erbium and diode lasers. Acknowledgement is made to Teri for her work and to Dr. Robert Barr for his guidance.

Pretreatment periodontal exam findings both in 1992 and 2004 presented similar advanced periodontal disease, 4-12 mm pockets, generalized chronic inflammation, mobility, radiographic bone loss, and recession. Treatment options excluded surgical intervention. Both times, lasers were used in combination with traditional scaling and root planing.

Use of the Nd:YAG laser in periodontal therapy is widely accepted as appropriate for the dental hygiene team. Erbium lasers are easily absorbed by hydroxyapatite and water. Therefore, concerns regarding possible inadvertent absorption by nontarget hard tissue have discouraged erbium laser use for hygiene periodontal treatment.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Periodontal Therapy Comparing ND:YAG to a Combination Therapy of Er,Cr:YSGG 2780nm and Diode 810nm 2012 00:26:05 Gloria Monzon, RDH

Ms. Monzon has enjoyed 26 years in the dental hygiene profession. Her passion is to make a difference in patients' lives. She has used lasers since 1993 and has earned Advanced Proficiency 1998 on diode and Nd:YAG laser wavelengths. In 1999, she achieved UCSF/ALD Educator Status, and in 2002 became an ALD Recognized Course Provider. She has served as certification examiner and educator for Academy of Laser Dentistry and the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI). She has made numerous presentations for the ALD and WCLI. With nearly 18 years of teaching experience, she has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. She heads Advanced Laser Hygiene consulting and prides herself as a "Hygienist training fellow hygienists."

Disclosure: Ms. Monzon has no commercial relationship relative to this presentation.
Contact Ms. Monzon by e-mail at laserglo@comcast.net

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Perio & Peri-Implants: Er:YAG [S. Nagai et al.]

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Among various laser systems, recent development of the Er:YAG laser has expanded the application of lasers to hard tissue treatment in periodontal and peri-implant therapy. Due to the 2.94 µm wavelength which can be safely applied on both soft and hard dental tissues, the Er:YAG laser has various characteristics advantageous for tissue management, such as easy and precise ablation, cutting, debridement, and recontouring with minimal thermal damage to the surrounding tissues under water irrigation as well as photobiomodulation. Nowadays, the Er:YAG laser is effectively being used for gingival tissue ablation, dental root and implant fixture surface debridement, and osseous surgery. In periodontal and peri-implant applications, the Er:YAG laser can be applied either directly or indirectly to alveolar bone tissue during osseous management. Animal studies revealed faster bone tissue healing following Er:YAG laser ablation compared to bur cutting, as well as significantly enhanced or favorable new bone formation following surgical treatment of periodontitis or peri-implantitis using an Er:YAG laser compared to mechanical instrumentation. These positive results are attributed to the advantageous physical characteristics and biologic effects of the Er:YAG laser. Thus, based on these observations, the Er:YAG laser has been recently established as one of the most promising laser systems for periodontics, esthetics, and peri-implant therapy. In this presentation, the current clinical applications of the Er:YAG laser (DELight, HOYA ConBio, Fremont, Calif., USA, and Erwin, J. Morita, Osaka, Japan) for soft tissue management, periodontal nonsurgical and surgical therapy, osseous surgery, peri-implant therapy, and esthetic treatment will be discussed, based on scientific evidence from currently available basic and clinical studies as well as clinical cases.

Educational Objectives
  • Describe the basic effects of Er:YAG laser on hard and soft tissues.
  • Enumerate advantageous characteristics of Er:YAG laser in periodontal and peri-implant therapy.
  • Explain the various clinical applications and method of treatment including the radiation parameters and manners.
  • Identify the safety management and potential accidental troubles with Er:YAG laser usage in the clinic.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Er:YAG Laser Clinical World in Periodontics, Esthetics and Peri-Implant Therapy - From Basic Studies to Clinical Applications 2013 01:23:43 Akira Aoki, DDS, PhD & Shigeyuki Nagai, DDS

Dr. Aoki received his DDS degree from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU), Japan in 1989. He was awarded his PhD in 1996 and currently works as Junior Associate Professor at the Department of Periodontology, TMDU. He has been engaged in Er:YAG laser research since 1991. Dr. Aoki received the "Best Presentation Award" at the 3rd International Society for Lasers in Dentistry (ISLD) in 1992 and the 7th ISLD in 1998, "Young Researcher Award" from Japanese Society for Conservative Dentistry, Japan in 2000, and the T.H. Maiman Award from the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), USA in 2001 for excellence in Er:YAG laser research in dentistry. From 2003 to 2004, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA. He contributes to ALD (Science & Research Committee member), World Federation of Laser Dentistry (WFLD) (Asian Pacific Division Committee member), Japanese Society for Laser Dentistry (Councilor and Committee member), and Japanese Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (Councilor).

Dr. Nagai received his DDS from the Osaka Dental University, Japan, in 1987 and studied at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine as a Clinical Fellow from 1989 to 1992 when he practiced at the Massachusetts Veterans Administration Medical Center in 1990 and the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1991. Dr. Nagai serves as a board member of the Japanese Society for Laser Dentistry, the Academy of Laser Dentistry, Asia and Pacific Division of the World Federation for Laser Dentistry (International Society for Lasers in Dentistry), the Japanese Academy of Color for Dentistry, and the Japan Society for Dental Anti-Aging. He is a committee member of the Japan Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, the Japan Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine and Japan Association of Microscopic Dentistry, and a vice president and chief instructor of the Japanese chapter of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He is also a member of International Society for Oral Laser Applications and Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry. He was awarded the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence in Laser Dentistry from the Academy of Laser Dentistry in 2010 and the Excellent Presentation Prize of the Japanese Academy of Color for Dentistry in 2008. Dr. Nagai maintains a full-time practice in Tokyo, Japan.

Disclosure: Dr. Aoki has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest relative to this presentation.
Contact Dr. Aoki by e-mail at aoperi@tmd.ac.jp

Disclosure: Dr. Nagai has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest relative to this presentation.
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Advanced - Science

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Er:YAG Irradiation and Bone [G. Kesler]

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There have been many studies attempting to explain the possible mechanisms of the excellent healing of bone after Er:YAG laser bone irradiation. This lecture will clarify and show these mechanisms based on scientific and clinical data.

Educational Objectives
  • Recount the mechanisms of bone healing to achieve a better clinical knowledge of how to treat patients.
  • Explain how laser use with the correct parameters will result in better and faster osseointegration.
  • Describe how to maximize results while treating bone.
  • Report the advantages of bone procedures with the Er:YAG laser compared to conventional methods, with an understanding of the scientific background.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
The Influence of Er-YAG Laser Irradiation on Bone Healing Science and Clinical Applications 2012 00:52:31 Dr. Gabi Kesler, DMD

Dr. Kesler is a lecturer at Tel Aviv University School of Dentistry Department of Oral Rehabilitation and is head of the Dental Laser Clinic. He has published research papers on bone healing. Dr. Kesler is an Educator and Recognized Standard Proficiency Course Provider of the ALD. He serves the ALD as chair of the International Relations Committee and is nominated for the 2012 elected position of Secretary for the ALD.

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LLLT - Dose Response [J. Carroll]

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Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) regenerates tissue, reduces inflammation and edema, and induces an analgesic effect wherever the beam is applied, but these effects are dose dependent. What are the mechanisms, what is dose, how much is enough, and how much is too much? If the beam irradiance (intensity) is too weak then there may be no effect; if the beam is too strong then the effects may be abolished. Having an analgesic effect, however, requires a different approach. This presentation sums up the key mechanisms and required doses to achieve the desired effects of LLLT in dentistry. This presentation discusses investigational devices that have not yet received U.S. FDA approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand low-level laser therapy mechanisms for tissue repair, reducing inflammation and edema, and inducing analgesia.
  • Define the terms wavelength, power, irradiance, time, joules, and J/cm2.
  • Understand beam irradiance, and determine how much is enough, how much is too much.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Mechanisms and Dose Response for Tissue Repair, Inflamation and Analgesia 2012 00:31:32 James Carroll

Mr. Carroll started work in the field of low-level light therapy (LLLT)/photobiomodulation in 1988 when he helped raise funds for the Guy's Hospital Tissue Repair Research Unit in London with investigations into why light improves wound healing. He is currently collaborating with Harvard Medical School, Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Sydney Brain and Mind Institute on the effect of light on traumatic brain injury, cancer, analgesia, and the mechanisms by which light impacts cellular function and disease status.

Disclosure: Mr. Carroll is founder / CEO of THOR Photomedicine.
Contact Mr. Carroll by e-mail at james.carroll@thorlaser.com

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LLLT- Cell Migration [J. Barros]

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Introduction

Cell migration plays an important role in tissue repair and regeneration. Although laser phototherapy (LPT) can regulate cellular functions, little is known about its key role in optimizing cell migration and tissue engineering. The aim of this study was to investigate optimal parameters of LPT and its potential effects on cellular migration.

Material and Methods

Dental follicle cells were seeded and treated with mitomycin to inhibit cellular proliferation. A 660-nm diode laser (DMC Dental, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was used at various output powers (30, 50, or 100 mW), distances (0, 4, or 8 mm), and time (60, 120 or 180 s). Horizontal cell migration was measured after 48 hours under a microscope. Proliferation was analyzed using the MTS assay. The data was statistically analyzed (P < 0.05). To observe three-dimensional migrations against gravity, 8 x 1 mm gelatin-filled glass tubes were placed perpendicular to the bottom of cultured plates. Cells were stimulated with laser (50 mW, 60 s) or bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2), platelet derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB). After 3 days, cells were stained with calcein acetyoxymethyl (calcein AM) and observed under microscope.

Results

LPT at 4 and 8 mm distances significantly increased horizontal migration and proliferation, regardless of power and time. LPT performed at 0 mm distance significantly increased cell proliferation but not migration. Vertical cell migration was observed in all groups, but more remarkable results were observed when the laser alone or in combination with growth factors were tested.

Conclusion

LPT stimulated cell growth, horizontal migration, and threedimensional cell migration against gravity in vitro. Thus, this therapy could have clinical application in promoting cellular recruitment to wound sites for tissue regeneration. This presentation discusses investigational devices that have not yet received U.S. FDA approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses.

Educational Objectives

  • Review the basics of the low-level laser and its electromagnetic properties.
  • Summarize the effects of laser irradiation on cell mobility.
  • Recognize possible different effects of various laser power settings on cell migration.
  • Describe future clinical applications of low-level lasers on dental tissue regeneration.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
The Effect of Laser Phototherapy (LPT) on Dental Follicle Cell Migration 2012 00:21:36 Juliana Barros, DDS, MS

Dr. Barros received her degree from the University of Uberaba, Brazil and her postgraduate training in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. In addition, she received a master's degree in Laser Dentistry from the Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares (IPEN) and University of São Paulo, Brazil. She became the director of Dental Laser Studies, and designed a didactic and lab-based teaching curriculum for laser education at UTSD. She also collaborated with the UTSD's Endodontic Department where she studied the effects of indirect low-level laser irradiation on the migration and proliferation of dental follicle progenitor cells. She is currently collaborating with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in studying the effectiveness of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on oral mucositis in head and neck cancer patients. She is also working with UTSD’s Orthodontic Department in investigating the effects of LLLT on bone regeneration and healing. She is a member of ALD's University and Academia Relations Committee.

Disclosure: Dr. Barros has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest relative to this presentation.
Contact Dr. Barros by e-mail at juliana.barros@uth.tmc.edu

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Perio - Laser Surgery [R. Convissar]

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Since its invention in 1964, the CO2 laser has had considerable peer-reviewed literature to justify its use on oral mucosa. This presentation will discuss the use of the CO2 wavelength for periodontal surgical procedures including regeneration of hard and soft periodontal tissues. The procedures presented will be supported by peer-reviewed histological proof if its efficacy in periodontal regeneration. A simple protocol for reproducible osseous and soft tissue regeneration will be discussed. By the endof the presentation the attendees will understand the histological evidence of CO2 laser periodontal tissue interaction.

Educational Objectives

  • Evaluate the histological evidence of CO2 laser periodontal tissue regeneration.
  • Specify the biological rationale for the use of the CO2 laser for periodontal treatment.
  • Outline a simple protocol for CO2 laser periodontal regeneration surgery.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Advanced Concepts in Periodontal Laser Surgery 2013 00:55:37 Robert Convissar, DDS

Dr. Robert Convissar is a true pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists to incorporate lasers into a general dental practice, Dr. Convissar has more than 21 years experience with CO2, diode, Nd:YAG, and erbium lasers. He has written/co-written 4 textbooks and over 16 peerreviewed papers on laser dentistry. Awards include Fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, American Society of Dento-Facial Esthetics, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He has delivered more than 200 laser certification courses from London to Tokyo to Hong Kong and everywhere in between. Dr. Convissar practices laser, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in New York City, where he also serves as Director of Laser Dentistry at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

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Perio - Radial Firing Erbium Tips [J. Hendy]

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Advanced periodontal disease can be very difficult to treat. With the use of an erbium laser and radial-firing tips, severe cases can be easily healed and often with reattachment and new bone growth. Research on the development of the radial-firing tip will be given to explain attachment can be achieved, and cases will be presented to show the protocols used to turn 10-mm pockets into 3-mm pockets. Discussion will include a 2780-nm Er,Cr:YSGG laser (Waterlase, Biolase Technology, Irvine, Calif., USA) and a 2940-nm Er:YAG laser (LightWalker, Fotona, Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Educational Objectives
  • 1. Change the ideas that periodontal disease cannot be treated with lasers.
  • 2. Specify how attachment can be achieved regularly with bone growth and fill of furcation pockets.
  • 3. Provide scientific background for laser periodontal therapy.
  • 4. Develop and master the skills to treat even the most severe cases of periodontal disease.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Advanced Periodontal Laser Therapy With Radial-Firing Erbium Laser Tips 2013 00:58:00 John Hendy, DDS, MS

Dr. Hendy is a 1977 graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental School, San Francisco, California. He is a 2009 graduate of the Master of Laser Dentistry program at the University of Vienna, Austria in Advanced Laser Dentistry, received Mastership certification from the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI) in 2004, and has been teaching laser dentistry and doing research in lasers since 2003.

Disclosure: Dr. Hendy has conducted research for Biolase for 9 years and on occasion receives product supplies. He is also a stockholder in Biolase.
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Practice Management & Business Techniques

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Teaching Styles - Honing Presentation Skills [D. Graeber]

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Members of the Education Committee, Drs. John Graeber, Chuck Hoopingarner, Larry Kotlow, Ed Kusek, Mitch Lomke, Angie Mott, RDH, and Dr. Alfred Wyatt discuss their own teaching styles and what works for them in an effort to share with their peers.

Educational Objectives
  • Specify the scientific rationale for the use of various lasers in treating a range of intraoral conditions
  • Summarize outcomes of case presentations involving lasers of various wavelengths; cite adjunctive methods that aid treatment
  • Describe the advantages and limitations of laser use compared to conventional treatment modalities
  • Develop appropriate vocabulary to be used when explaining clinical indications for laser use
  • Identify proper terminology and clarity on the terms commonly used for laser-assisted intrasulcular hygiene procedures
  • Identify regulatory updates concerning scope of practice
  • Identify several teaching styles and techniques that help educators engage students in lecture and classroom settings
  • Review effective techniques for producing videos and then incorporating them into educational slide presentations
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Teaching Styles & Honing Presenting Skills 2013 00:35:33 Dr. John Graeber

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STANDARD PROFICIENCY Examinations

ALD Certification Track

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Standard Proficiency Certification Exam (1 CEU)

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Close The standard proficiency online 75-question multiple choice examination is available for all eligible participants. To be eligible you must have participated in a 12 hour two-day standard proficiency course given by an Academy of Laser Dentistry Recognized Course Provider (RCP). You must take the exam in a proctored setting, immediately following the course program. You must successfully complete the Clinical Simulation Examination in at least one wavelength.

Upon successful completion of the Standard Proficiency Examination expected learner outcomes include demonstration of the basic level of education in dental laser usage, including specific laser proficiency and laboratory knowledge. Successful learners demonstrate an understanding of all wavelengths via a 75-question multiple choice written examination and clinical proficiency simulation examination with at least one wavelength. Participants in the Standard Proficiency Online Examination are required to have successfully completed a 12-hour standard proficiency course and clinical simulation examination with an ALD Recognized Course Provider. This level defines the standard of care for the dental professional.

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Dentists in all disciplines, hygienists, dental assistants, office staff, industry representatives, and government professionals. Dentists and Dental Hygienists would receive a "Practitioner" Standard Proficiency, and all others would receive Standard Proficiency as a "Laser Safety Officer".

Standard Proficiency Retake Exam

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Upon successful completion of the Standard Proficiency Examination expected learner outcomes include demonstration of the basic level of education in dental laser usage, including specific laser proficiency and laboratory knowledge. Successful learners demonstrate an understanding of all wavelengths via a 75-question multiple choice written examination and clinical proficiency simulation examination with at least one wavelength. Participants in the Standard Proficiency Online Examination are required to have successfully completed a 12-hour standard proficiency course and clinical simulation examination with an ALD Recognized Course Provider. This level defines the standard of care for the dental professional.

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ADVANCED PROFICIENCY Examinations

ALD Certification Track

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Advanced Proficiency Certification Exam

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The Advanced Proficiency Review is designed to help you prepare for completing the Advanced Proficiency online written exam. The Review provides instructional lessons that highlight the key concepts you must master in order to pass the written examination. Please note however that the Review does not cover all of the material that you are expected to know and master. It is designed to only highlight the general areas of study. Your preparation for the Online Written Examination should be supplemented by using other references for deeper knowledge and understanding. Candidates may also participate in an in-person Advanced Review Lecture and Discussion at the ALD Annual Conference.

Successful participants in the Online Advanced Review and Examination will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of laser use in all laser wavelengths via an online 175-question multiple choice exam.

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AP Review Chapter 1 2012 00:05:28 TBD
AP Review Chapter 2 2012 00:10:16 TBD
AP Review Chapter 3 2012 00:17:16 TBD
AP Review Chapter 4 2012 00:19:00 TBD
AP Review Glossary 2012 00:36:52 TBD
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Application Requirements for Advanced Proficiency

  • Applicant must be a licensed dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, office manager or industry representative, etc. wishing to attain Advanced Proficiency recognition
  • Applicants must have achieved Standard Proficiency level recognition approved by the Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • Applicant must be a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry; Candidates must maintain ALD membership during the AP process
  • To earn the award, candidates must attend a minimum of 2 ALD Annual Conferences during the Advanced Proficiency process
  • Successful participation in all 3 parts of Advanced Proficiency is required to meet this level of education; passing mark of 85% is required on each part, and separate applications for each part are required

Advanced Proficiency Retake Exam

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Standard Proficiency & Previous Advanced Exam Attempted MEMBERS ONLY $150.00 Register
Close Note: The Advanced Proficiency Online Written Examination is administered via computer in a proctored setting at an ALD annual conference. To register for Advanced Proficiency, you must register for the next annual meeting and select Advanced Proficiency on your conference registration application. Please ensure that you meet the application requirements (see "Audience" AND read full details on ALD Certification) before submitting your application.

The Advanced Proficiency Review is designed to help you prepare for completing the Advanced Proficiency online written exam. The Review provides instructional lessons that highlight the key concepts you must master in order to pass the written examination. Please note however that the Review does not cover all of the material that you are expected to know and master. It is designed to only highlight the general areas of study. Your preparation for the Online Written Examination should be supplemented by using other references for deeper knowledge and understanding. Candidates may also participate in an in-person Advanced Review Lecture and Discussion at the ALD Annual Conference.

Successful participants in the Online Advanced Review and Examination will demonstrate an advanced knowledge of laser use in all laser wavelengths via an online 175-question multiple choice exam.

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Application Requirements for Advanced Proficiency

  • Applicant must be a licensed dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, office manager or industry representative, etc. wishing to attain Advanced Proficiency recognition
  • Applicants must have achieved Standard Proficiency level recognition approved by the Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • Applicant must be a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry; Candidates must maintain ALD membership during the AP process
  • To earn the award, candidates must attend a minimum of 2 ALD Annual Conferences during the Advanced Proficiency process
  • Successful participation in all 3 parts of Advanced Proficiency is required to meet this level of education; passing mark of 85% is required on each part, and separate applications for each part are required




Academy of Laser Dentistry Disclaimer
The views expressed and opinions and materials presented during these presentations represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speaker and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. The Academy of Laser Dentistry assumes no responsibility for the content of the presentations made by the individual speakers pertaining to protocols for laser treatment. Any suggested protocols for treatment may be based upon the speakers' own clinical experience and should not be construed as Academy of Laser Dentistry recommended protocols. Selected presentations may include exploratory research or experimental procedures and are intended for informational purposes that may lead to new interest and scientific breakthroughs in the fields of dentistry. The Academy of Laser Dentistry appreciates its members who share their knowledge. This level of dedication to lasers in dentistry allows our profession to expand and thrive and provokes necessary discussion and understanding.

Disclosure of Speaker and Faculty Commercial Relationships
According to the Academy’s Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Policy, faculty and speakers for any ALD meeting or conference are expected to disclose any economic support, personal interests, or potential bias that may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material being presented. Disclosure statements are printed in the conference program and announced by moderators or individual speakers at the beginning of each presentation. This policy is intended to alert the audience to any potential bias or conflict so that participants may form their own judgments about the material being presented.




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