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The Academy of Laser Dentistry
Webinar Series

Program Description

The intent of the series is to provide an ongoing flow of information relative to lasers and light therapies to ALD members and those interested in learning about laser use in dentistry. The series opens with 3 scheduled programs in the first quarter 2019. The selected topics are a brief look at subjects that will be more fully discussed and presented at the upcoming ALD Annual Conference – Dentistry’s Laser Meeting. ALD seeks to deliver programs that focus on important safe laser use as well as controversy, regulatory issues, developments, and challenges faced by dentists in the delivery of improved care. The principal intended audience is dentists and hygienists and those individuals who work in dentistry.

Each topic is delivered virtually in a webinar format with a Q and A session for each program.

Oral Medicaments are Synergistic to Laser Applications

Date: February 26, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
Cost: ALD Members - Free; Non-member: $50
* Recording of this webinar is available to Members on the Online Courses page.

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Review laser wavelengths and their implications to oral and systemic health management.
  • Describe how adjunctive antimicrobial and anti inflammatory medicaments can provide a synergistic effect with respective laser applications
  • Create strategies for patient scripting to enhance a positive case acceptance for laser local/systemic health.

Dr. Sam Low

About Dr. Sam Low

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.


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

Peri-implantitis: How to Treat with Light Energy

Date: January 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET
Cost: ALD Members: Free; Non-member: $50
* Recording of this webinar is available to Members on the Online Courses page.

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Define peri-implantitis and peri-mucositis.
  • Learn baseline checks that can be done around implants at least on yearly basis.
  • Know how to treat peri-mucositis and peri-implantitis

Dr. Kusek

About 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.


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.



These programs are intended to provide 1 ADA CERP credit of continuing education for dentists or other dental professionals.