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The California AGD is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship/Mastership and membership maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from 06/01/2016 to 05/31/2022. Provider ID# 219290.

PACE

14  Continuing Education Units

N E X T

LECTURE

 

CARIES PREVENTION USING  SHORT-PULSED CARBON DIOXIDE LASERS

LABORATORY BACKGROUND AND CLINICAL APPROACHES

First the presentation will give a basic understanding about how dental lasers can be of advantage in the dental practice. Then the pathway from the basic laboratory studies in laser caries prevention to successful clinical applications will be illustrated. It will be demonstrated why short-pulsed carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are extremely successful and efficient in altering acid prone carbonated enamel, the type of enamel actually presented in the mouth, into much more acid resistant hydroxyapatite or even fluorapatite. Consequently, the first clinical study using this specific laser wavelength, which proved caries prevention around orthodontic brackets in vital teeth, will be explained. This study was followed by a major randomized, controlled, prospective, blinded clinical trial involving 20 participants over 12 months, demonstrating that caries prevention in molar fissures can be achieved. Finally, first results from a huge second randomized, blinded clinical trial preventing demineralization in occlusal pits and fissure with 60 participants using a 9.3μm laser will be provided.

 

At the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Achieve a basic understanding of how dental lasers can help you in the dental office

2. Understand how short-pulsed CO2 9.6μm and 9.3μm laser irradiation renders enamel caries resistant, and how they also can be used for efficient hard and soft tissue cutting

3. Understand how randomized prospective clinical trials have shown the caries preventive effects of these short-pulsed CO2 lasers