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Fellowship in Laser Dentistry

  • 52 hours
  • 8 days (over 4 months)
  • 12 January 2018

Overview

This eight-day CPD course is designed for clinical dental professionals who want to gain a sound knowledge of, and experience with, laser-tissue interaction.

You'll learn to use laser therapy to benefit your patients’ experiences and outcomes.

The course aims to provide evidence-based core knowledge in laser use in dentistry as well as refining your practical skills.

Emphasis is placed on integrating this course into the ongoing practice of dentistry for you and your patients.

It runs over a period of four months and consists of four two-day modules.

You'll earn 52 hours of verifiable CPD (continuing professional development).

The course is run at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute in London in collaboration with the University of Genoa.

Course content

The four modules cover the following areas.

Module one

  • Laser photonic energy 
  • Historical aspects of laser development
  • Relationship of laser emission to 'ordinary' light
  • Production of laser photonic energy by solid-state, gas and semi-conductor-based laser machines
  • Emission modes
  • Laser wavelengths in dentistry: an overview of their applications and laser-tissue interaction
  • Clinical case design
  • Laser safety and operating parameters
  • Photobiomodulation (low level laser therapy): understanding the mechanism
  • Low-level laser therapy applications in dentistry
  • Photobiomodulation in the management of neuropathic pain

Module two

  • Laser use in hard-tissue management
  • Optimal laser wavelengths and power parameters relative to absorption phenomena in oral hard tissue
  • Laser interaction with dental caries, enamel, dentine, cementum
  • Laser interaction with alveolar bone
  • Laser in aesthetic dentistry
  • Laser-assisted restorative therapy
  • Practical session: laser-hard tissue interaction

Module three

  • Laser use in oral soft-tissue management
  • Laser wavelengths and consideration of optimal power parameters relative to absorption phenomena in oral soft tissue
  • Laser use in the management of non-keratinised or 'loose' soft tissue structures - lining mucosa, frenula, ventral tongue
  • Laser use in the management of keratinised or 'fixed' soft tissue - gingiva, dorsal tongue
  • Laser in implantology and role of laser-assisted therapy in the management of peri-implantitis
  • Laser use in periodontology: an overview of surgical and non-surgical applications
  • Applications of photodynamic therapy in dentistry
  • Practical session: laser soft-issue hands-on

Module four

  • Laser use in endodontics - orthograde and retrograde applications
  • The scope of laser applications in oral pathology
  • How to assess the quality of a research study
  • Laser applications in oral surgery: an overview
  • Laser applications in endodontic surgery
  • Integration of lasers into dental practice - clinical and marketing aspects
  • Clinical cases presentations for laser users (participants’ cases)
  • Multiple-choice examination and closing ceremony

Who this course is for

You must be a registered dental practitioner, dental specialist or registrar in training to attend this course.

You'll need to hold an approved dental qualification.

Some experience of using lasers in clinical dentistry is desirable. However, this isn't necessary in order for you to benefit from this enhanced level of university-endorsed education.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should:

  • have improved your evidence-based core knowledge in laser use in dentistry and refined your practical skills
  • have an understanding of laser physics, emission modes, and how different laser wavelengths interact with various target tissues in order to deliver the optimal outcome
  • have an understating of the advantages of laser applications in dentistry in comparison to the conventional methods
  • be familiar with the applications of different laser wavelengths in dentistry
  • have an appreciation of the relative importance of evidence-based practice in laser dentistry
  • have an understanding of the health and safety regulations in using laser in in your daily practice

Structure, teaching and assessment

The course consists of four modules of two days each (running from approximately 9:30am to 5pm each day).

Course content will be delivered through modular didactic and practical sessions.

There will be clinical case presentations for participants who are laser users.

You'll need to sit a multiple-choice examination at the end, made up of 75 questions. The pass mark will be 70%.

Course dates

Module 1 - Friday 12 and Saturday 13 January 2018

Module 2 - Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February 2018

Module 3 - Friday 2 and Saturday 3 March 2018

Module 4 - Friday 20 and Saturday 21 April 2018 

Cost

The standard fee is £3,995. This is payable in instalments prior to beginning the course. Please contact Alison on edi.cpd@ucl.ac.uk for more information.

CPD points and certificate

On successful completion of the course you'll gain 52 hours of verifiable CPD, plus a certificate of attendance. 

Quality controls

All Eastman teachers are experienced professionals. You’ll be asked to submit written feedback via a questionnaire at the end of the course, which is used to monitor the course's quality of teaching and value for money.

Refunds

Please read the Eastman's refunds policy before booking.

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Course team

The course team is from the University of Genoa

The Centre for Laser Surgery and Laser Therapy, University of Genoa, was established in 1998. Directed by Professor Stefano Benedicenti, it's an academic department dedicated exclusively to laser technologies, their theoretical and practical uses, and tissue regeneration.

Teaching on this course, from the Centre, will be:

  • Professor Stefano Benedicenti - Course Director
  • Dr Reem Hanna - Course Leader
  • Dr Riccardo Poli
  • Dr Steven Parker


Course information last modified: 10 Oct 2017, 15:36

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