Laser certification available at CDA Presents

CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry is a dentist's ticket to up-to-date clinical and technological advancements. The CDA Presents team scouts national dental meetings to create a speaker circuit unlike any other. The convention is the best way to stay on the cutting edge of dentistry.

Further, the CDA Presents Board of Managers strives to provide attendees the information they need to make sure their business runs smoothly and their patients receive the best care possible. That is why they have added a unique new opportunity to obtain a laser certification at the May 12-14 CDA Presents convention in Anaheim.

Offered by the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), CDA Presents attendees can participate in a two-day (May 13-14) proficiency course in laser dentistry and then receive certification through an online course. Titled Lasers in Dentistry: A Two-Day Standard Proficiency Course, attendees will receive a Standard Proficiency course according to the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education as recognized by the ALD.

"There is a lot of technology out there dentists have heard about, but may have not incorporated it into their practice yet, or maybe they have and aren't comfortable with it. We hope this course alleviates some of that apprehension and provides a unique learning experience at the same time," said Gary Ackerman, DDS, chair of the CDA Presents Board of Managers.

The course will include both lecture and hands-on learning opportunities and a comprehensive overview and basic understanding of all dental laser devices, laser tissue interactions and safety and operation of a variety of dental lasers. A variety of dental lasers will be utilized with support from dental manufacturers.

The course will be co-hosted by Peter K. Pang, DDS, an international speaker with manuscripts in several peer-reviewed journals. A leading expert in laser dentistry, Pang uses multiple wavelengths in his general practice in Sonoma, Calif. Other speakers include Mitch Lomke, DDS, a private practice dentist from Montgomery County, Md., for more than 35 years with a special interest in dental laser procedures and Angie Mott, RDH, a clinical hygienist for more than 25 years who is a member of the ALD.

Attendees will learn how to recognize the different lasers available for use in dentistry, learn about contact and noncontact laser delivery systems and understand soft tissue laser procedures and hard tissue laser procedures like cavity preparation and bone removal. In addition, they will learn about current dental laser wavelengths for hard and soft tissue procedures, diagnosis and treatment; laser tissue interaction, its effects and results, and treatment objectives, sequence, patient management and healing assessment.

Course fees include an online exam through the ALD that must be completed within 90 days of taking the course. Prior to participating, dentists will need to have taken a prerequisite introduction course on lasers. Dentists who haven't taken such a course can attend Have Fun With Lasers: A Hands-On Introductory Course, available at CDA Presents on Thurs., May 12.

For more information, visit cdapresents.com/laser.

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