Laser Dentistry Education Challenges

The “sound scientific basis and proven efficacy in order to ensure public safety” is one of the main eligibility requirements of the ADA CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures. The scientific foundation for understanding the soft tissue laser ablation and coagulation is based on soft tissue’ light scattering and absorption spectra. Unfortunately, some of the laser dentistry educational programs and publications include misinterpretations with regard to the soft and hard tissue laser science and safety. Such misrepresentations partially take their origin in the Laser Dentistry Curriculum Guidelines, which dates back to early 1990s, and is missing a whole lot of important laser-tissue interaction concepts, such as: Absorption Spectra; Hot Glass Tip; Plasma Plume, etc.

American Laser Study Club has designed its Curriculum based on The Study Guide of The American Board of Laser Surgery, and the original work of its founder Dr. Peter Vitruk dedicated to the detailed physics of soft tissue ablation and coagulation with laser and hot tip (non-laser) devices. ALSC’s curriculum overcomes the known limitations of many laser dentistry courses.

Vision

To promote Science-based Laser Dentistry, Surgery and Safety Education*

* “Sound scientific basis and proven efficacy in order to ensure public safety” is one of the main eligibility requirements of the American Dental Association CERP Recognition Standards and Procedures (ADA.org/CERP).

Mission

  1. To fill the void in current Laser Dentistry and Laser Surgery education (i.e. the physics of laser tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and help Dentists, Physicians and Veterinarians to excel at efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice.
  2. To provide help for those preparing for the Certification Exam with The American Board of Laser Surgery.

Faculty

ALSC’s faculty will grow as more courses are added.

Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS

Peter Vitruk, PhD - Laser Physicist

Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS

Prior to co-founding LuxarCare in 2002 and LightScalpel in 2005, Peter held a variety of research and development positions around the globe. Dr. Peter Vitruk earned his PhD degree in Physics from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Moscow in the late 1980s in the former USSR. In the 1990s he held Research Scientist position with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and then a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He later worked as Senior Scientist with Synrad Inc. in Seattle, WA, and then as Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis also in Seattle, WA. In 2002 Dr. Vitruk founded Luxarcare LLC – an exclusive certified Luxar laser service and accessories provider for 12,000+ surgical Luxar laser installations around the globe. In 2005 he founded Aesculight LLC and LightScalpel LLC – the only American based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for small office out-patient market. Dr. Vitruk has authored 10 patents and over 20 articles on CO2 lasers, and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, UK and a Diplomate of and a Director with the American Board of Laser Surgery, USA. He is married to his wife of 32 years Natasha and they together have two children, Olga and Alexander.

  1. P. Vitruk, “RF capacitive discharges in diffusion-cooled slab gas lasers”, PhD Thesis, Moscow Physics & Technology Institute, Moscow, USSR, 1990.
  2. P. Vitruk and N. Yatsenko, “Small RF excited waveguide CO2 laser of medium power”, Pis’ma Zh. Tekh. Fiz., 15, 1989, 1-5.
  3. A. Colley, P. Vitruk, H. J. Baker and D. R. Hall, “Compact sealed slab waveguide CO2 lasers at 1 kW”, Proc. CLEO’92, Anaheim, May 10-15, 1992, p. 608.
  4. M. Abramski, H. J. Baker, A. D. Colley, D. R. Hall, C. J. Shackleton and P. Vitruk, “Compact diffusion-cooled array and slab CO2 lasers at the 1kW level”, Proc. Int. Conf. on Laser Advanced Materials Processing, Nagaoka, Japan, June 1992, 73.
  5. P. Vitruk, H. J. Baker and D. R. Hall, “The stability and characteristics of CO2 slab laser alpha RF discharges at 100 MHz”, Proc. 10-th Int. Conf. on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Swansea, UK, 13-18 September, 1992, 2, pp. 534-535.
  6. P. Vitruk, H. J. Baker and D. R. Hall, “The characteristics and stability of high power transverse radio frequency discharges for waveguide CO2 slab laser excitation”, J. Phys. D.: Appl. Phys. 25, 1992, 1767-1776.
  7. J. Baker, A. D. Colley, D. R. Hall, C. J. Shackleton, F. Villarreal and P. Vitruk, “High power cw slab-waveguide molecular lasers”, 11-th UK Conf. on Quantum Electronics, Belfast, Sept. 1993.
  8. P. Vitruk, H. J. Baker and D. R. Hall, “Similarity and scaling in diffusion-cooled RF excited carbon dioxide lasers”, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, QE-30, 1994, N7, pp.1623-1634.
  9. A. Colley, P. Vitruk, L. A. Doyle, H. J. Baker and D. R. Hall, “RF discharge uniformity control in kilowatt class, RF excited, large-area electrode CO2lasers”, Proc. Conf. Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO-Europe’94, Amsterdam, Aug 1994, CML1.
  10. G. Yu, H. J. Baker, P. Vitruk and D. R. Hall, “Transverse RF excited, table-top fast-axial-flow CO2 laser with 1kW output power”, Proc. Conf. Lasers and Electro-Optics, CLEO-Europe’94, Amsterdam, Holland, 28 Aug-2 Sept 1994, paper CWH3.
  11. F. Villarreal, A. A. Cameron, A. D. Colley, P. Vitruk, H. J. Baker and D. R. Hall, “High pressure CW molecular gas lasers using narrow gap slab waveguides”, Proc. CLEO’95, Baltimore, USA, June 1995, CMJ4.
  12. P. Vitruk, R. J. Morley, H. J. Baker and D. R. Hall “High power continuous wave atomic Xe gas laser with radiofrequency excitation”, Appl. Phys. Lett., 67, 1995, N 10, pp. 1366-1368.
  13. P. Vitruk et al, “700 W, diffusion-cooled, large area, 40.68 MHz excited CO2 laser employing split-wave hybrid confocal resonator”, SFHPLAC’98, Santa Fe, NM, 26-30 April 1998.
  14. P. Vitruk. “Soft tissue cutting with CO2, diode lasers”, Veterinary Practice News. 2012;11:24.
  15. P. Vitruk. “Surgical CO2 laser demystified”, Veterinary Practice News. 2013;1:28-29.
  16. P. Vitruk. “How CO2 lasers cut, coagulate soft tissue”, Veterinary Practice News. 2014;12:36-37.
  17. P. Vitruk, R. Convissar, G. Romanos. “Near-IR Laser Non-Contact and Contact Tip-Tissue Thermal Interaction Differences”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2014 Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, Feb 2014.
  18. P. Vitruk, “Oral soft tissue laser ablative and coagulative efficiencies spectra”, Implant Practice US. 2014;7(6):19-27.
  19. R. Levine, P. Vitruk. “Laser-Assisted Removal of Irritation Fibroma”, Global Laser Oral Health. 2014;11.
  20. R. Levine, P. Vitruk, “CO2 Laser Ablation of the Capillary Hemangioma of the Lip”, Updates in Clinical Dentistry. 2015;5.
  21. P. Vitruk, “Laser use in scaling and root planning”, Journal of American Dental Association, Dec 2015, Volume 146(12):866.
  22. R. Levine and P. Vitruk, “Laser-assisted operculectomy”. Compendium of Dental Education. 2015 Sep;36(8):561-567.
  23. E. Linden and P. Vitruk, “Implant-safe settings for SuperPulse 10,600 nm CO2 laser-assisted, closed flap peri-implantitis treatment”. Implant Practice US. 2015;8(6):26-28
  24. M. Kaplan and P. Vitruk, “Soft tissue 10,600 nm CO2 laser orthodontic procedures”. Orthodontic Practice US. 2015;6(6):53-57.
  25. J. Krauser and P. Vitruk, “The 10.6 µm SuperPulse CO2 laser may alleviate the late implant failure linked to tissue tension”. Implant Practice US. 2015;8(5):30-35.
  26. E. Linden and P. Vitruk, “SuperPulse 10.6 µm CO2 laser-assisted, closed flap treatment of peri-implantitis”. Implant Practice US. 2015;8(4):34-38.
  27. R. Levine and P. Vitruk, “Enhanced hemostasis and improved healing in CO2 laser-assisted soft tissue oral surgeries”. Implant Practice US. 2015;8(3):34-37.
  28. A. Hazelbaker, M. Kaplan and P. Vitruk, “Infant frenectomy with 10,600 nm Dental CO2 laser”. WAGD Newsletter. 2015 Apr;34:10-12.
  29. C. Cobb and P. Vitruk, “Effectiveness of a super-pulsed CO2 laser for removal of biofilm from three different types of implant surfaces: an in vitro study”. Implant Practice US. 2015;8(3):20-28.
  30. J. Rosenlicht and P. Vitruk, “Ablation and sulcular debridement utilizing the CO2 laser for denture-induced gingival hyperplasia”. Implant Practice US. 2015;8(2):34-37.
  31. P. Vitruk, “Myths and Physics of Soft Tissue Dental Lasers”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  32. C. Cobb and P. Vitruk, “Microbial Decontamination of Three Different Implant Surfaces Using a SuperPulse CO2 10,600 nm Laser: An in Vitro Study”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  33. G. Selig and P. Vitruk, “Implant Placement Surgeries Utilizing SuperPulse 10,600 nm CO2 Laser”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  34. W. Nordquist and P. Vitruk, “Efficacy of the CO2 Laser to Sterilize and Ablate the Bacterial Laded Epithelial Lining of the Diseased Gingival Sulcus”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  35. E. Linden and P. Vitruk, “SuperPulse 10,600 nm CO2 Laser-Assisted Soft-Tissue Procedures in Periodontics”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  36. R. Levine and P. Vitruk, “Laser Assisted Dental Procedures Utilizing the LightScalpel LS-1005 SuperPulse 10,600 nm CO2 Laser in the Area of Special Needs Dentistry”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  37. M. Kaplan and P. Vitruk, “Infant Frenulectomies with SuperPulse 10,600 nm Dental CO2 Laser LightScalpel LS-1005”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2015 Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA, Feb 5-7, 2015.
  38. P. Vitruk, “Oral Soft Tissue Laser Ablation and Coagulation Depths Spectra”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.
  39. C. Cotca and P. Vitruk, “New CO2 Laser Modified Technique Protocol for Solar Cheilitis Treatment”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.
  40. E. Linden and P. Vitruk, “SuperPulse 10,600 nm CO2 Laser Assisted Closed Flap Treatment of Peri-Implantitis”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.
  41. R. Levine and P. Vitruk, “Improved Hemostasis and Healing in CO2 Laser Soft Tissue Surgeries”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.
  42. G. Selig and P. Vitruk, “LightScalpel CO2 Laser Assisted Implant Placement Surgeries in Medically Compromised Patients”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.
  43. M. Kaplan and P. Vitruk, “10,600 nm SuperPulse CO2 Laser Frenectomies and Gingivectomies”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.
  44. J. Krauser and P. Vitruk, “Avoid Tension: The 10,600 nm SuperPulse CO2 Laser May Alleviate the Late Implant Failures”, Academy of Laser Dentistry 2016 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Apr 14-17, 2016.
  45. P. Fabbie, L. Kundel and P. Vitruk. “Tongue-Tie Functional Release”. Dent Sleep Practice. Winter 2016: 40-45.
  46. P. Vitruk and R. Levine. “Hemostasis and Coagulation with Ablative Soft-Tissue Dental Lasers and Hot-Tip Devices”. Inside Dentistry. 2016 Aug;12(8):37-42.
  47. R. Levine and P. Vitruk. “Laser Mucocele Removal in Pediatric Patients”. Dental Town 2016 Sept;17(9):10-111.
  48. R. Levine and P. Vitruk. “The Use of a 10,600-nm CO2 Laser Mandibular Vestibular Extension in a Patient with a Chromosomal Disorder”. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2016 Sept;37(9):527-533.
  49. P. Vitruk. “Laser Frenectomy: The Myths and Science of Soft Tissue Surgical Lasers”, 2nd AAMS Congress, Chicago, IL, March 1-5, 2017.
  50. P. Vitruk. “10,600 nm CO2 Laser Frenectomy Settings”, LightScalpel Laser User Symposium at Academy of Laser Dentistry 2017 Annual Meeting, Tucson, AZ, April 7-8, 2017.
  51. P. Vitruk “Laser Frenectomy: The Myths and Science of Soft Tissue Surgical Lasers.”, 1st Annual Meeting “Pediatric Tongue and Lip Ties: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment”, Phoenix, AZ, April 9th 2017.
  52. R. Convissar, A. Hazelbaker, M. Kaplan and P. Vitruk.Color Atlas of Infant Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Laser Frenectomy, PanSophia Press, 2017.
  53. P. Vitruk. Laser Education, Science and Safety: a review of dental laser education standards, Dental Town, June 2017: 62-67

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