Fellowship in Laser Dentistry
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 four face-to-face modules, you'll need to spend approximately 5 hours accessing pre-course materials online. You’ll need to book this online module separately and you’ll be able to access it immediately.
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.
Pre-course module: online (approximately 5 hours, £250)
Historical aspects of laser development
Laser safety and operating parameters
Integration of lasers into dental practice - clinical and marketing aspects
Production of laser photonic energy
Relationship of laser emission to 'ordinary' light
Production of laser photonic energy by solid-state, gas and semi-conductor-based laser machines
Laser wavelengths in dentistry: an overview of their applications and laser-tissue interaction
Photobiomodulation (low level laser therapy): understanding the mechanism
Low-level laser therapy applications in dentistry
Photobiomodulation in the management of neuropathic pain
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 and its application on pigs heads and extracted teeth
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
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
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.
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 four 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%.
You'll be able to access the online module immediately.
The face-to-face module dates will be 16 to 21 March 2020.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8016 7600
Eastmen Dental Institute UCL
256 Grays Inn Rd,
University College Hospital
235 Euston Rd,
Tel: 020 3456 7890
University College London Hospital
235 Euston Road,
Tel: 020 3456 7890