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Fellowship in Laser Dentistry

  • 45 hours
  • 6 days plus online materials
  • 14 Mar 2022

Overview

This blended-learning 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.

Before you attend the five face-to-face modules, you'll need to spend approximately 5 hours accessing the online introductory course.

If you have already purchased the online course, contact edi.cpd@ucl.ac.uk for a £250 refund once you have booked this face-to-face course.

You'll earn 45 hours of verifiable CPD (continuing professional development) if you complete all modules.

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

Course content

Pre-course module: online (approximately 5 hours)

  • Laser terminology
  • Historical aspects of laser development
  • Laser safety and operating parameters
  • Integration of lasers into dental practice - clinical and marketing aspects

Module one: Laser core knowledge and health and safety

Theory covered

  • Core knowledge and International Electrotechnical Commission Guidelines: satisfying CQC (England), HIW (Wales) and RQIA (Northern Ireland). This is taught by a Laser Protection Advisor (LPA) and covers:
    • laser core knowledge
    • laser wavelengths and how they work
    • laser-tissue interaction
    • an overview of intense pulsed light-tissue interaction and applications
    • laser safety, practical precautions and laser environment requirements, local rules and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) requirements
  • Photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy: mechanism of action and clinical applications
  • Laser use in periodontology: an overview of non-surgical applications (part 1)
  • Antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT)
  • Applications of photodynamic therapy in dentistry

Module two: Laser use in oral hard tissue and aesthetics

Theory covered

  • 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-assisted restorative therapy and aesthetic dentistry
  • Laser interaction with alveolar bone

Practical session

  • Laser-hard tissue interaction with enamel, dentine, cementum, bone (pig jaw and extracted teeth models), photo dynamic therapy applications in periodontal pocket for disinfection (manikin model and pig jaw) and facial rejuvenation
  • PBM training
  • Training on various wavelengths: Er:YAG, blue laser, Nd:YAG, Diodes (810nm, 660nm, 808nm)

Module three: Laser use in oral soft-tissue management

Theory covered

  • 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 and keratinised or 'fixed' soft tissue - gingiva, dorsal tongue
  • Laser use in periodontology: an overview of surgical and non-surgical applications (part 2)

Practical session

  • Laser soft-tissue hands-on (pig jaw): recommended laser doses for:
    • management of gingivectomy
    • frenectomy
    • non-surgical periodontal disease management
    • various oral mucosa lesions
    • PDT protocols

Module four: Laser use in implantology, oral medicine and pathology and PBM applications in dentistry

Theory covered

  • Laser in implantology and role of laser-assisted therapy in management of peri-implantitis
  • The scope of laser applications in oral pathology and medicine
  • PBM applications in pain management, bone regeneration and wound healing

Practical session

  • Training on various wavelengths:
    • Er:YAG
    • Blue laser
    • Nd:YAG
    • Diodes (810nm, 660nm, 808nm) in implantology, oral musocal lesion management and PBM therapy

Module five: Laser use in endodontics and oral surgery. PBM application: University of Genoa concept

Theory covered

  • PBM - University of Genoa concept
  • Laser use in endodontics - orthograde and retrograde applications
  • Laser applications in oral surgery: an overview
  • How to assess the quality of a research study
  • Clinical case presentations by participants, open discussion and speakers' feedback
  • 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 your daily practice

Structure, teaching and assessment

The course consists of one online module, then five face-to-face modules.

Course content will be delivered online, and 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%.

Cost

The standard fee is £4,650

The cost includes access to the online introductory course 

If you have already purchased the online course, contact edi.cpd@ucl.ac.uk for a £250 refund once you have booked this face-to-face course. 

CPD points and certificate

You'll earn 40 hours of verifiable CPD when you complete the 5 face-to-face modules. You'll earn an additional 5 hours of verifiable CPD for completing the online introductory course (if you've not already done this). 

An additional certificate confirming core knowledge, and health and safety will be issued by a certified laser safety officer. This fulfils the CQC requirements for laser users.

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.

Course team

The course team is from the University of Genoa

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 Georgi Tomov, and Dr Roly Kornblit.

Course information last modified: 5 Nov 2021, 09:31