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ALD Online Courses & Videos

The ALD video library containing introductory courses, clinical, and research presentations for both simple and advanced applications is under review throughout 2018. The library is intended to span a wealth of information on a variety of applications within dentistry where lasers are used as an adjunctive tool for patient care. We realize elective courses provide added knowledge on a specific clinical application or scientific area within dentistry and are hard at work establishing an online learning platform for all of dentistry with special access by ALD members. Check back in June 2018 for updates to any available online courses and videos.


INTRODUCTORY Courses

Getting Started...

Course Name Description Audience Availability Non-Members Members Registration

Introduction to Lasers Basic Online Self-Paced Course

Description View Audience Now! $75.00 * FREE * Register
Close This presentation is a basic introduction to understanding general concepts of dental lasers and how to use lasers safely. It is a slide presentation intended for educational and informational purposes to improve dental education and clinical practice in the use of lasers in dentistry. It encompasses an understanding of laser physics and the uses of lasers in dentistry. It is intended to be informational, and primarily didactic. There is no examination. There is no formal recognition of this introductory level. This course serves as a pre-requisite for ALD's standard dental laser course. Expected learner outcomes include a broad overview of the clinical aspects of lasers in dentistry. The presentation covers most wavelengths used in general dentistry, periodontics, aesthetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry, implantology, endodontics, and oral surgery. Further education is recommended prior to utilizing lasers in clinical practice.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Introduction to Lasers Basic Online Self-Paced Course 2019 00:00:01 Larry Kotlow, DDS

Private Practice, Albany, New York, USA Dr. Kotlow is a 1972 graduate of SUNY Buffalo Dental School, and completed his pediatric dental residency at the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1972-1974. Since 1974 he has had a private practice in Albany, New York. He became Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry in 1980, and is a Fellow in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kotlow has served as President of the Third District Dental Society of New York State and served on many committees at the State level. He is a member of the American Dental Association, International College of Dentists, New York State Dental Association, as well as a member since 2000 of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). As a member of the ALD, Dr. Kotlow served on the Board of Directors, achieved Advanced Proficiency in erbium lasers as well as Standard Proficiency in the use of diode, 9300-nm CO2, and Nd:YAG lasers, and ALD Mastership status. He was the 2014 recipient of the Leon Goldman Award for Clinical Excellence from the ALD. He helped establish the ALD one-day pediatric program at the annual session. Dr. Kotlow has lectured to more than 5000 health care professionals on the diagnosis, laser treatment, and postsurgical care of infants. In addition to speaking at Academy meetings, he has lectured on lasers and pediatric dentistry throughout the United States and internationally in Israel, Canada, Taiwan, France, England, Australia, and Italy He has contributed to textbook chapters on the use and benefits soft tissue lasers, hard tissue lasers, and photobiomodulating lasers in pediatric dentistry in the Dental Clinics of North America (2004), Atlas of Laser Applications in Dentistry, and Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry. He has had articles published on laser dentistry in the ALD publications Wavelengths, Journal of the Academy of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, and Journal of Laser Dentistry; European Archives of Pediatric Dentistry; Journal of Human Lactation; Clinical Lactation; Journal of Orthodontics; General Dentistry; Journal of the Canadian Dental Association; and many others. He has written two books : SOS 4 TOTS, a text on the treatment of lip- and tongue–ties, and an Atlas of tongue- and lip-ties. He has been involved in the development and introduction of the Isotopic Carbon Dioxide laser operating at 9300 nm known as Solea, developed and manufactured by Convergent Dental, a United States company.

Disclosure: Dr. Kotlow has assisted in the development of a variety of laser products ,including Innovative Optics (laser glasses), T4M (videos and webinars), Schick (Sirona digital radiography), and Isolite. He is a modest investor in the development of the Solea 9300-nm all-tissue CO2 laser and as such is on Convergent Dental’s professional dental advisory board and a beta tester the Solea laser. He receives an honorarium or supplies for his participation. Contact Dr. Kotlow by e-mail at kiddsteeth@aol.com.

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Anyone interested in lasers in dentistry is eligible to take this course.

Getting Started - Clinical

Course Name Description Audience Availability Non-Members Members Registration

Peri-implantitis: How to Treat with Light Energy

Description View Audience Now! $45.00 * FREE * Register
Close Webinar January 23, 2019 :: Peri-implantitis is becoming a major peri-infection in next few years, as different researchers in dentistry are saying that we can expect to see 15-30% failures of all implants placed no matter how skilled the clinicians are. This didactic course will discuss baseline checks to be done on all implants, how to treat peri-mucositis and peri-implantitis with the use of laser therapy.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Peri-implantitis: How to Treat with Light Energy 2019 01:00:51 Dr. Kusek

Dr. Kusek is a 1984 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology (ABOI) and Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). He has Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and is a Recognized Course Provider for the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD). Dr. Kusek received his Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from AGD in 2012. He is an adjunct professor at the University of South Dakota and has published numerous articles on implant and laser dentistry.

Disclosure: Dr. Kusek lectures for Ultradent on the Gemini laser and receives honorarium for his teaching time. Dr. Kusek provides consulting services for Biolase, GPT and Convergent dental laser companies and Straumann, an implant company for which he may receive compensation for his time.

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Anyone interested in lasers in dentistry is eligible to take this course.

Oral Medicaments are Synergistic to Laser Applications

Description View Audience Now! $45.00 * FREE * Register
Close Webinar February 26,2019 :: Laser energy has many applications for oral health management including local and systemic influences. These range from post-operative wound healing decreasing reliance on opioid medications to anti-inflammatory effects both centered around photo bio-modulation (PBM) . Photo dynamic therapy (PDT) can have dramatic effects on managing microbial disease of the oral cavity without initiating antibiotic resistance. Recently, there has been the development of oral medicaments that are innovative and effective to assist in wound healing, infections, management of mucositis, xerostomia, aphthous/herpetic lesions and periodontitis. Their effects mimic some of the attributes and methods of actions as laser energy. An example is oral mucositis management utilizing both photo bio-modulation, oral probiotics and anti-oxidant oral gels. As our patients continue to seek out “natural remedies” to “treat” their oral and systemic conditions, we now have laser assisted “nutraceuticals” to can create a faster and more effective way to manage disease and associated complications.
Video Name Year Length Presenter(s)
Oral Medicaments are Synergistic to Laser Applications 2019 01:01:03 Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed

Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a current Board of Director 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 the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee.

Disclosure: Dr. Sam Low engages with the following commercial entities: Biolase, ProBiora, Periosciences, Hu Friedy, Florida Probe.

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Anyone interested in lasers in dentistry is eligible to take this course.


STANDARD PROFICIENCY Examinations

ALD Certification Track

Course Name Description Audience Availability Non-Members Members Registration

Standard Proficiency Certification Exam (1 CEU)

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Introductory Proficiency $175.00 $175.00 Register
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.

For more detailed information on ALD's Standard Proficiency Certification CLICK HERE

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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

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Introductory Proficiency & Previous Standard Exam Attempted $95.00 $95.00 Register
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.

For more detailed information on ALD's Standard Proficiency Certification CLICK HERE

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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 Certification Exam (1 CEU) + 1 Year ALD Membership for University Faculty Members (with prior approval from the ALD)

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Introductory Proficiency $225.00 $225.00 Register
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.

For more detailed information on ALD's Standard Proficiency Certification CLICK HERE

This course also includes 1 year ALD Membership for University Faculty Members. Faculty members must have prior approval through the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s Certification Department or Executive Director before submitting application. Renewals will occur at the regular rate after year one. Renewal for dentists is $395, Hygienists $150.

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Registered university full-time faculty dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff. Must have prior approval from the Academy of Laser Dentistry’s Certification Department or Executive Director.


ADVANCED PROFICIENCY Examinations

ALD Certification Track

Course Name Description Audience Availability Non-Members Members Registration

Advanced Certification Part I – Online Exam Fee

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Standard Proficiency MEMBERS ONLY $350.00 Register
Close The Advanced Proficiency Online Written Examination is administered via computer in a proctored setting at an ALD Conference or Meeting. To register for the Advanced Proficiency Online Written Exam, you must be registered for an ALD Conference or Meeting. The advanced candidate is expected to have a level of knowledge above and beyond that which is required for the Standard Proficiency level examination. Applicants may apply for the Advanced Proficiency Online Written Exam AND the Clinical Simulation Examination at the same time. Please ensure that you meet the application requirements (see "Audience" AND read full details on ALD Certification) before submitting your application.

For more detailed information on ALD's Advanced Proficiency Certification CLICK HERE.

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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
  • Applicant must have achieved Standard Proficiency level recognition approved by the Academy of Laser Dentistry prior to applying for Advanced Proficiency
  • 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

Advanced Certification Part I – Retake Online Exam Fee

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Standard Proficiency & Previous Advanced Exam Attempted MEMBERS ONLY $150.00 Register
Close The Advanced Proficiency Online Written Examination RETAKE is administered via computer in a proctored setting at an ALD Conference or Meeting. To register for the Advanced Proficiency Online Written Examination RETAKE, you must be registered for an ALD Conference or Meeting. The advanced candidate is expected to have a level of knowledge above and beyond that which is required for the Standard Proficiency level examination. Applicants may apply for the Advanced Proficiency Online Written Exam RETAKE AND the Clinical Simulation Examination at the same time. Please ensure that you meet the application requirements (see "Audience" AND read full details on ALD Certification) before submitting your application.

For more detailed information on ALD's Advanced Proficiency Certification CLICK HERE.

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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
  • Applicant must have achieved Standard Proficiency level recognition approved by the Academy of Laser Dentistry prior to applying for Advanced Proficiency
  • 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

Advanced Certification Part II – Clinical Exam Fee

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Standard Proficiency AND Advanced Certification Part I MEMBERS ONLY $400.00 Register
Close The Clinical Simulation Examination is administered in person during an ALD Conference or Meeting. Please refer to the Clinical Simulation Guideline documents and Examination Grade Sheets provided upon application. Each clinical examination is wavelength-specific. Candidates may choose to be examined on more than one wavelength by indicating that on their registration form and paying applicable fees. Candidates should be able to orally present all the topics on the Clinical Examination Grade Sheet (without prompting) within a 30-minute time frame before two examiners. This part is timed to 30 minutes. The Clinical Simulation Examination passing mark is 85%. Candidates will be notified of their scheduled slot approximately 1 week prior to the examination date.

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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
  • Applicant must have achieved Standard Proficiency level recognition approved by the Academy of Laser Dentistry prior to applying to Advanced Proficiency
  • 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

Advanced Certification Part III – Case Study Presentation Fee

Description View Audience PRE - REQUISITE: Standard Proficiency AND Advanced Certification Part I & II MEMBERS ONLY $350.00 Register
Close The Written and Oral Presentation is administered in person during and ALD Conference or Meeting. The Presentation Submission Guidelines, Checklists, and Examination Grade Sheets are provided upon application for the appropriate track. The Clinical Simulation Exam (Part II) and the Case Study Presentation Exam (Part III), both require a passing score of 85%.

Passing both the Online Written Exam (Part I) AND the Clinical Simulation Examination (Part II) is a prerequisite for presenting the Part III Written and Oral Presentation Examination.

Close contact with your assigned mentor is strongly recommended as you prepare your presentations. Strict adherence to the level of difficulty of selected cases / modules is a required criteria. If either you or your mentor has any doubts about whether your cases / modules are of a sufficient level of difficulty, please contact the Certification Committee Chair or Co-Chairs.

You may present your Written and Oral Presentations during any annual conference or ALD meeting event after successfully completing both the online examination and the clinical simulation examination. Most candidates take 3 years to appropriately prepare and successfully complete this level of proficiency status. If you have all the required documentation you could complete Part I and Part II in one year and apply for Part III the next year.

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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
  • Applicant must have achieved Standard Proficiency level recognition approved by the Academy of Laser Dentistry prior to applying to Advanced Proficiency
  • 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 marks are 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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