Academy of Laser Dentistry to provide laser training at GNYDM

November 20, 2018

Three sessions will provide a glimpse of what's to come at the ALD's Annual Meeting in April.

For the 11th consecutive year, the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) will carry on its mission of providing unbiased, non-commercial laser education and training with three hands-on sessions during the 2018 Greater New York Dental Meeting.

According to ALD executive director Gail Siminovsky, “We’re pleased to announce that the ALD is continuing its tradition of sponsoring several objective CE programs, taught by some of the world’s most prominent laser dentistry experts; Dr. Lawrence A. Kotlow, Dr. John Graeber and Dr. Samuel B. Low.” 

Here are the highly-informative ALD-supported programs scheduled for this year’s GNYDM:

#4350: Lasers, the New Norm for Pediatric Dentistry: Merging Medicine and Dentistry / Dr.  Lawrence A. Kotlow / 11/26/2018 / 9 a.m.-noon / 3 CEUs

Today’s pediatric dental practice is treating children as early as a few days after birth to teenagers for a variety of problems due to Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTs) such as lip, cheek and tongue ties, which can interfere with many newborn and infant developmental conditions.

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Oral surgery for infants can safely and quickly be completed in the dental office using lasers with little or no complications. This discussion includes the use of lasers for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of soft tissue surgeries for infants, toddlers and older children as well as for treating traumatic injuries and will provide the following takeaways:

  • How TOTs can affect many of the body’s systems

  • How the tongue is really an organ rather than just a simple muscle

  • How to treat various oral soft tissue procedures

For more information and registration details, visit http://bit.ly/2Cni16d.

#5420: Diode Laser Basic Competency Course / Dr. John Graeber - 11/27/2018 / From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / 6 CEUs

This full-day program provides a detailed and focused basic competency in the use of diode lasers - one of the most popular dental wavelengths. Clinical techniques for dentists and hygienists will be reviewed including: basic troughing, laser sculpting in smile design, frenectomies and the minimally invasive laser protocol in periodontal treatment.

Techniques in low level laser therapy will be reviewed in wound healing and cellular regeneration. Attendees must demonstrate clinical simulation on pig jaws and must pass a written exam to achieve the coveted Academy of Laser Dentistry Basic Competency Letter of Completion.

This full-day course and workshop with cover the following key areas:

  • Basic scientific principles in how lasers interact with dental tissues

  • How to use a diode laser safely to avoid complications

  • Various tissue biotypes and fine tune diode laser settings


The ALD Laser Basic Competency Letter of Completion is included with successful course completion. This course serves as fulfilling the prerequisite for Standard Proficiency Certification with the ALD.

For more information and registration details, visit http://bit.ly/2RWUDBK.

#43460: Periodontal Therapy and Managing Peri-Implant Diseases from Lasers to Air Technologies / Dr. Samuel B. Low - 11/26/2018 from 2-5 p.m. / 3 CEUs

Perplexed by the elusive inflamed dental implant? Confused by the various treatment/management strategies? The introduction of the dental implant to the overall management of the patient is at an all-time high and so is the standard of care.

However, recent data demonstrates that inflammation associated with the implant is commonplace and can result in loss of the implant. The entire dental team requires successful systems and tools in place to enhance the longevity towards implant health.

This session will focus on systems utilizing safe laser wavelengths and innovative technologies to manage both mucositis to bone loss implantitis to help retain implants.

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Attendees will learn the following:

  • How enhance your diagnostic skills for implantitis versus mucositis and how to script patient explanations to turn into a positive interaction

  • Which laser wavelengths are indicated for the respective implant surface

  • Why to consider laser techniques in detoxification/decontamination

For more information and registration details, visit http://bit.ly/2ykoYlS.

“These three information-packed sessions are just a small sample of the caliber and quantity of objective learning opportunities that await dentists and their teams at ALD’s Annual Meeting, which is being held in Dallas from April 4-6, 2019,”  Siminovsky says.

The upcoming meeting’s focus is “The Laser-Systemic Connection: Lighting the Way to a Healthier Mouth and Body.

“We’re very excited about next year’s theme,” Siminovsky says. “For decades, ALD members were the unsung heroes of oral-systemic health. First by applying laser technology to treat periodontal disease and more recently by applying light therapy to help patients suffering from the oral mucositis side-effects of chemotherapy as well as TMJ and sleep apnea and other medical conditions will all be included in the learning and discussion topics.”

Registration for ALD 2019 is now open. Make reservations for your entire dental team by visiting http://bit.ly/2JPhAXp.