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Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry for the Pediatric Population
This course was held December 3, 2021 - December 4, 2021 in Boston, MA
Laser technology now allows for a range of safe and effective procedures, to better serve our young patients. This course will provide fundamental knowledge that will enhance your understanding of the issues of pediatric laser dentistry. It will provide detailed instruction on how a laser can be used safely and effectively to perform gingivectomies, frenectomies, operculectomies, surgical exposures of impacted teeth, and more. Special emphasis will be placed on infant tongue-tie and lip-tie releases since as many as 5-percent of newborns in the US have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties.
A good surgical laser for cutting soft tissue must be able to vaporize soft tissue, while at the same time efficiently coagulating surgical margins. Not all laser wavelengths are suitable to comply with both requirements. This course focuses on the practical aspects of soft tissue laser surgery and on the fundamental processes involved in the laser-tissue interaction; it helps attendees learn how deep the laser beam cuts and how deep the coagulation and hemostasis extend into the surgical margins. Our hands-on participation lab is designed to train attendees on how to perform laser frenectomies safely and efficiently.
- Athanasios Zavras, DDS, MS, DrMedSc
- Martin Kaplan, DMD
- Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
- Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys
- Learn the scientific basis of how lasers work in Dentistry along with the tissue-energy interface
- Explore different types of dental lasers and understand their indication and clinical utility, as well as advantages and disadvantages
- Learn the detailed physics of soft tissue ablation and coagulation with laser and hot tip (non-laser) devices
- Review the latest scientific literature on soft tissue laser use in Dentistry
- Understand issues of safety and efficacy as well as relevant regulations
- Learn how to document consent, diagnosis and the efficacy of the laser
- Explore current methods of clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue problems
- Practice laser soft tissue surgeries including frenectomy simulations on tissue samples (pig jaws) during the laser wetlab
- Understand infant sucking physiology and how tongue ties impair infant suck
- Use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies and children for this condition
- Understand orthodontic-myofunctional connection
- Understand how the soft tissues of the orofacial complex may lead to malocclusion, TMD, headaches, and other problems
- Discuss multiple cases that involve the use of lasers to perform gingivectomies, operculectomies, exposures of impacted teeth
- Understand all consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral tissues when needed
Laser Surgery and Safety Basic Knowledge Certification Curriculum for this Course has been developed by the American Laser Study Club (ALSC). The ALSC’s curriculum overcomes the known limitations of many laser dentistry courses and includes the detailed physics of soft tissue ablation and coagulation with laser and hot tip (non-laser) devices. Laser hands-on wet lab on tissue samples will include laser safety instructions, frenectomy simulations, and other surgical laser procedure demonstrations. Laser instructions will be assisted by the guest speaker Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, a laser physicist who founded the American Laser Study Club, and LightScalpel Inc.
Hands-On Participation Session
- Laser Safety
- Laser Surgical Technique Simulations
- Superficial Ablation
- Superficial Coagulation
- Shallow Incisions
- Deep Incisions
- Practicing Surgical Techniques on a Pig jaw
Course participants, who successfully complete the examination, will be awarded a LASER SAFETY basic knowledge CERTIFICATE from the Board of Laser Safety of the Laser Institute of America (DISCOUNTED cost for the ALSC members), as well as a Laser Dentistry and Laser Surgery Basic Knowledge and Hands-On participation Wetlab CERTIFICATE from the American Laser Study Club (FREE for the course participants).