ALD-AAID Joint 2022 Symposium 
Targeting: Peri-Implantits

Laser Treatments | Complications | Coding | Treatment Modalities

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:30pm to 9:00pm ET
January 11 & 13 | January 18 & 20 | January 25 & 27 

6 Sessions | 2 Presentations per Week | Earn up to 9 CEUs

Webinars will be Live and On Demand






The ALD-AAID Targeting Peri-implantitis is a joint effort between American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Academy of Laser Dentistry.  The program will discuss treatment modalities including prosthetic complications, traditional treatments, medicinal treatments, iatrogenic complications. Laser treatments with the use of Photobiomodulation, Diode, Erbium, Nd:YAG, CO2 (9300 and 10600nm) and UV light will be introduced.  


Educational Objectives

  • How to avoid peri-implantitis due to iatrogenic and prosthetic complications. 
  • How to treat peri-implantitis correctly with use of adjunct laser therapy. 
  • How to use pharmaceuticals to aid in the treatment of peri-implantitis. 
  • How to file dental and medical insurance correctly for maximum patient benefit. 
  • Use of UV light for treatment of peri-implantitis. 

Attendees can earn up to 9 CEUs for attending all of the sessions. 



Registration Category Through January 31 After January 31
ALD & AAID Members $395 $495
ALD & AAID Student Members $75 $75
Non-member $695 $795


Can't attend the live sessions? Register to receive links to the recorded sessions and earn up to 9 CEUs.


Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in writing, via email, within 7 days of purchase date. Refunds within 7 days of purchase date will be issued less a $50 administrative fee.  No refunds will be issued if received after 7 days of purchase date.  Please send your cancellation request to: [email protected] 


The ALD Pediatric Symposium will be held on our virtual platform. The best way to experience this event is live, but if you're not able to attend the live sessions due to time zones or scheduling conflicts, no problem! Your registration includes links to the recorded sessions which you'll be able to view after the event and earn up to 9 CEUs



Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:30pm to 9:00pm ET
January 11 & 13 | January 18 & 20 | January 25 & 27


  • Bernee Dunson, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID
  • Shankar Iyer, DDS MDS 
  • Edward Kusek, DDS
  • Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd 







The Diode Lasers in Peri Implantitis Therapy: Antimicrobial and Bio Stimulating Effects

Sebastiano Andreana, DDS, MS
The State University of New York, University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine | Buffalo, New York, USA 


The presentation will focus on the clinical applications of 810-980 nm diode laser wavelengths for therapy of peri-implantitis. Diode lasers are used with dual purposes, for their antimicrobial effects and their biostimulating effects. This lecture will show the techniques with clinical cases, focusing on the safety of the procedures, and supporting the procedures with findings from laboratory studies. The antimicrobial effects will be presented, with data from laboratory studies  and published studies, and the  biostimulating effects, including regenerative effects and enhancing host-response with a protective role will  be also  elucidated. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the clinical applications of diode lasers for treatment of peri-implantitis.  

  • Describe the safety of using diode lasers for treatment of peri-implantitis.  

  • Identify the clinical techniques of using diode lasers for treatment of peri-implantitis.  

  • Able to use the  clinical parameters and take advantage of diode laser therapy.  


Dr. Andreana is Associate Professor and Director of Implant Dentistry at the University at Buffalo, School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, New York, USA. He is the recipient of ALD’s 2012 T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research and is the recipient of the Isiah Lew Memorial Research Award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Andreana is a past Board Member of the ALD, and past Chair of ALD’s University and Academia Relations Committee and Science and Research Committee. He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles on lasers in dentistry. 


Disclosure: Dr. Andreana has reported no commercial affiliations or personal conflicts of interest. 


Contact Dr. Andreana by e-mail at [email protected]



The Use of Photobiomodulation to Aid Healing After Surgery 

James Carroll, AMInstP, FRSM 

THOR Photomedicine Ltd, Chesham | Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom 


Photobiomodulation (PBM) is the application of low intensity monochromatic light (usually in the red and near infrared spectrum) to aid healing and relieve pain. This light is absorbed in mitochondrial enzymes and leads to improved ATP production and reduce oxidative stress in acute injuries or degenerative pathology. One of the most important pathways appears to be through the gene transcription factor NF-κβ (sometimes known as the "master switch for inflammation”). PBM changes NF-κβ from a cytokine-producing enzyme to an initiator of tissue regeneration. There is a dose and a dose rate effect. If not enough light is applied, there is no effect; and even if the right amount of light is applied but applied too quickly, then the effects may not appear at all, or are diminished. An introduction to the science and clinical use of PBM, a short introduction to the mechanism of action and evidence from randomised controlled clinical trials will be presented.


Learning Objectives:

  • A basic understanding of the mechanism of action

  • A basic understanding of the dose response

  • Understanding potential clinical applications

  • Understanding how to apply treatment


James Carroll is an electronics engineer and is the founder and CEO of THORPhotomedicine Ltd. He is a recognized authority and much-published author on low-level laser therapy (LLLT) / photobiomodulation mechanisms of action, dose, dose rate effects, and the measurement and reporting of LLLT parameters. James is the recipient of the 2021 ALD T.H. Maiman Award for Excellence in Dental Laser Research. 


Disclosure: Mr. Carroll is founder and CEO of THOR Photomedicine, a LLLT manufacturing company and has ownership interest in Lumithera, Inc., a developmental stage medical device company developing photobiomodulation treatment protocols for age-related macular degeneration and other ocular indications, compensation for which is significant. THOR receives significant research support from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute for Health Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Sydney University Dental School, Birmingham University Dental School, Tel Aviv University, and others.  

Contact Mr. Carroll by e-mail at [email protected]





Bernee Dunson, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID

Private Practice | Atlanta, Georgia, USA





Bernee Dunson has been in private practice since 1996 in Atlanta. Dunson Dental Design is a comprehensive general practice that focuses on esthetic dentistry and implant reconstruction. Dr. Dunson earned his Bachelor of Science and biology with an honors degree at Morehouse College, and his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of Southern California, completed a general dentistry residency at Columbia University at Harlem Hospital, followed by a three-year implant residency at Loma Linda University. He is an Honored Fellow and the Treasurer of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry.  


He currently serves on the faculty for several MaxiCourses, including the Georgia Health Sciences MaxiCourse (Medical College of Georgia). Dr. Dunson launched the Washington D.C. Mid-Atlantic MaxiCourse in 2018, which he also directs. Dr. Dunson is chairman of the AAID Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Education Oversight Committee and the past chairman and an examiner of the Admissions & Credentialing Board of the AAID. He served on the examiner panel of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Clinical Implant Dentistry, an article reviewer for the Journal of Oral Implantology, and has published several articles on dental implantology.  


Dr. Dunson is the founder and director of the Atlanta Academy for Reconstructive Dentistry where he teaches a hands-on practicum and live surgery training series focused on all areas of implant dentistry. 


Disclosure: TBD

Contact Dr. Dunson by email at [email protected]





Poorly Positioned Dental Implants and Their Management 

Bill Holden, BSc, DDS, FAAID, DABOI

Private Practice | Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


In the real world, dental implants may not always wind up in an ideal position. If and when these implants develop problems, they can be more challenging to manage, and it can be difficult to decide when to treat or remove the fixture. 


Learning objectives: 

  • Review ideal position guidelines 

  • Discuss which malpositions are more amenable to treatment 

  • Discuss how treatment may vary depending on the malposition 

  • Discuss when to remove and replace a malposed implant 



Dr. Holden has a full-time referral-based implant practice in Edmonton, Canada.  His practice includes all aspects of implant dentistry including placement, restoration, associated grafting, teaching, research, maintenance, and complications/revisions.   


Disclosure: TBD


Contact Dr. Holden by email at [email protected] 










Prosthodontic Complications and Management

Shankar Iyer, DDS MDS


Private Practice | Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA




This presentation will cover the short and long-term effects of implant prosthodontics and its influence of peri-implantitis. The etiological factors will be discussed and techniques to manage complications and failures will be illustrated.  


Learning Objectives:  


  • To enable practitioners, help design restorations that will avoid creatures of peri-implantitis.  

  • To identify factors that contribute to prosthetically related complications 

  • Manage short and long-term prosthetic complications. 

  • The influence of biomaterials in implant prosthodontics and factors to consider in the management of failures and repairs. 



Dr. Shanker Iyer is a past president of the AAID and is currently a clinical assistant professor in the departments of PG Periodontics, PG prosthodontics, and Rutgers University in New Jersey. Dr. Iyer was the program chair for several AAID annual conferences. He is also the course director of the AAID MaxiCourse Asia— Abu Dhabi, and Bangalore-as well as co-director of the Rutgers University, and Egypt MaxiCourses. He was a trustee for the AAID Northeastern District from 2005 to 2009. Dr. Iyer is a Diplomate in the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, a Fellow in the AAID, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Oral Implantology. He is also a Fellow in the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics.  


Dr. Iyer has conducted courses and made presentations in more than 30 countries and has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals. 


Disclosure: TBD


Contact Dr. Iyer by email at [email protected]





Edward Kusek, DDS

Private Practice | Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA



Dr. Kusek is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology, and an Honored Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has achieved Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nebraska Dental School and University of South Dakota Department of Dental Hygiene. Dr. Kusek is the President-Elect of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Disclosure: Dr. Kusek lectures for Ultradent Products and receives an honorarium. He consults with laser companies Biolase, Great Plains Technologies, Ultradent, and Convergent Dental, and with Straumann on dental implants.

Contact Dr. Kusek by e-mail at [email protected]



Laser Technology to Resuscitate the “Sick” Implant

Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd 

University of Florida | Palm Coast, Florida, USA 


Removal of a dental implant can be a catastrophic experience for both the clinician and the patient. We can prevent loss of implants with innovative chairside techniques to reverse implant mucositis and manage implantitis. Minimally invasive laser surgical intervention can degranulate, decontaminate and decorticate target tissues and surfaces.  Long-term implant survival can depend on quality prevention, treatment and maintenance.  The dental team will have successful systems and tools to enhance longevity and implant health. 


Learning Objectives: 

  • Enhance diagnostic and differentiation skills for implantitis versus mucositis  

  • Create innovative at home oral hygiene systems that enhance compliance 

  • Incorporate techniques for at-the-chair anti-inflammatory Biofilm control with innovative technology, such as air medicinal delivery and dental lasers 

  • Utilize lasers with adjunctive osseous augmentation and biologics.  



Dr. Low is Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry, and an Advisor Member of the Pankey Institute. He is a past president of the American Academy of Periodontology and is a current officer of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Low provides periodontists, dentists, and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and recipient of the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past American Dental Association (ADA) Trustee.  


Disclosure: Dr. Low has relationships including compensation and equipment with the following: Biolase, Florida Probe, Perioscience, and EMS. 

Contact Dr. Low by e-mail at [email protected]




Robert Miller, MA, DDS, FACD

Private Practice | Jefferson, Oregon, USA



Dr. Miller received his BA from New York University and MA from Hofstra University, both in biology. He graduated with honors from New York University College of Dentistry where he received the International College of Dentists Award for clinical excellence and then completed his residency at Flushing Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Miller is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry, Honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry,  and serves as chairman of the Department of Oral Implantology at the Atlantic Coast Dental Research Clinic in Palm Beach, FL. He is director of The Center for Advanced Aesthetic and Implant Dentistry in Delray Beach, FL, and co-director of the Pacific Implant for Advanced Dental Education.

Disclosure: TBD

Contact Dr. Miller by email at [email protected]


Cross-Coding: Incorporating Medical Billing for Laser Dentistry 

Rose Nierman, RDH

Nierman Practice Management | Tequesta, Florida, USA 

As dentistry continues to shift toward oral-systemic wellness, more dental procedures are being recognized as medically necessary and being covered under major health insurance plans and policies. Dental practices are recognizing the significant benefits to offering medical insurance reimbursement such as increased case acceptance, expanded referral networks, and increased revenue. Cross-coding practices that utilize the patient’s medical insurance are maximizing the patients’ benefits and giving them easier access to much-needed care. In this lecture, attendees will learn how to incorporate cross-coding and medical billing into their office. Discussion will include the services that can potentially be covered by medical insurance, including laser procedures such as frenectomies and treatment of mucositis and pain conditions. Also covered will be the requirements for receiving reimbursement and a step-by- step guide for how to get started.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover which dental laser procedures can be covered under medical insurance. 

  • Understand what is needed to bill medical insurance for laser dentistry services. 

  • Determine how to get started with billing medical insurance in dentistry.


Rose Nierman is a trailblazer in cross-coding in dentistry and a leading expert in

her field. She is an entrepreneur, educator, and author. Ms. Nierman created one

of the first manual, seminar, and software programs dedicated to helping dentists implement medical billing into their practices. Her life’s work for 31 years has enabled dental practices to procure medical insurance reimbursement for their patients. Ms. Nierman is a frequent presenter at major dental continuing education conferences, teaching dentists and their teams how to get paid by medical insurance for dental sleep medicine, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), oral surgeries / implants, laser dentistry, and more. In addition, she is the speaker of Nierman Practice Management’s renowned course, Cross-Coding: Unlocking the Code to Medical Billing in Dentistry, held 15+ times a year nationwide. Her journey began as a hygienist in a busy dental practice treating TMJ disorders. Rose recognized a way to successfully bill patients’ medical insurance, allowing patients to receive treatments they otherwise would not have been able to obtain. Realizing the potential to help others, she refined and documented her protocols, and in 1988 wrote her first manual “Successful Medical Insurance in Dentistry.” During the same year, she founded Nierman Practice Management and began teaching other dental practices how to implement medical billing in their own practice. Her secret revolves around proper communication and documentation – knowing how to communicate with insurance companies and showing medical necessity through thorough narrative reports. Rose developed the first version of DentalWriterTM and CrossCodeTM Software, which has since become a leading dental software for implementing dental sleep medicine, TMD, and medical billing. To date, she has authored 5 dental practice management manuals, over 100 articles, educated over 10,000 dental professionals, and continues to lead the cross- coding industry through her advancements in education, technology, and experience.

Disclosure: Rose Nierman is the founder and CEO of Nierman Practice Management, which provides the DentalWriter Software, a medical billing service, and CE courses. Material presented does not require the use of any software. DentalWriter is reserved as an option to reduce workload.

Contact Ms. Nierman by e-mail at [email protected]





James Rutkowski, DMD, PhD

Private Practice | Clarion, Pennsylvania, USA



James L. Rutkowski is a Pharmacist, Dentist, and has a PhD. in Pharmacology.  He has authored multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbook chapters.  Jim is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology, a Diplomate/Past-President of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry (ABOI/ID) and Honored Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).  He lectures nationally and internationally on pharmacology, sedation techniques, bone grafting materials and techniques, plus methods for treating medically compromised dental patients.  Dr. Rutkowski has been bestowed the Gershkoff-Goldberg Award for service to the field of Implant Dentistry and the Isiah Lew Memorial Research Award for contributions to research in the field of Implant Dentistry.  

Dr. Rutkowski maintained a comprehensive implant practice in Pittsburgh/Clarion, Pennsylvania with a concentration on treating apprehensive/medically compromised patients using various sedation techniques for 44 years.

Disclosure: TBD

Contact Dr. Rutkowski by email at [email protected]






Bart Silverman, DDS

Private Practice | New City, New York, USA



Dr. Bart Silverman graduated from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in 1982 Summa Cum Laude and received his DMD in 1986 from Fairleigh-Dickinson School of Dentistry. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial residency at Westchester County Medical Center in 1989 and was chief resident in his final year. He is in private practice limited to oral and maxillofacial surgery in New City, NY and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. He has been lecturing in the field of implant dentistry for over 25 years. Dr. Silverman is an attending physician at Westchester County Medical Center, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, a clinical associate professor at New York Medical College, Director of BWS Seminars, and Director of Roseman University AAID Maxicourse.

Disclosure: TBD

Contact Dr. Silverman by email at [email protected]






ALD Organization Disclosure - Disclaimer on Protocols and Opinions


The views expressed and the opinions and materials presented during a presentation represent the personal views and opinions of the individual speakers 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 individual speakers pertaining to protocols for laser treatment. Any suggested protocols for treatment may be based upon the speaker's own clinical experience and should not be construed as Academy of Laser Dentistry recommended protocols.

Note: These presentations discuss investigational devices that may not yet have received U.S. FDA approval or clearance for the specified clinical indications, or describes off-label uses.




ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing education.  ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credits hours by boards of dentistry.  The Academy of Laser Dentistry designates 12 credit hours of continuing education credits for attendance of the entire program.