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Utilizing Laser Technology to Manage Peri-implant Disease

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CEs: 1

Sam Low, DDS, MS, MEd

  • Past President, American Academy of Periodontology
  • Selected "Dentist of the Year," Florida Dental Association and winner of the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award
  • Distinguished Alumnus, University of Texas Dental School
  • 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement

While many protocols have been suggested for treating implant disease, few have demonstrated predictability. Most have centered on various methodologies including medicaments to "detoxify" an implant surface hopefully with resulting repair/regeneration. This program will identify the present knowledge base of peri-implant pathology including multiple etiologies. Examing the various implant surfaces, concepts will be discussed about how individual surface characteristics have an impact on successful resolution. A brief review of current laser wavelengths as to their end point targets including dental implants, hard and soft periodontal tissues will give rise to a potential systematic approach in managing implant disease. In vitro and clincial research will be presented to demonstrate creating implant surfaces devoid of toxicity and receptivity to regeneration with no adverse events, especially thermal modifications. A review of clinical cases resulting in repair and regeneration of bone will be established, detailed protocols will be described with respective wavelengths for both peri-mucositis and implantitis.

Learning Objectives: 

At completion of this presentation, participants should be able to:

1. Identify various laser wavelengths and their respective targets

2. Understand how laser technology can decontaminate implant surfaces and bio-stimulate the surrounding periodontium

3. Adopt specific protocols for managing peri-implant disease

AGD Subject Code: 135

Topics: laser, Peri-implantitis, hard tissue, Soft Tissue