A Dr. Leonard Abrams Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture: Lasers in Everyday Dentistry

 A Dr. Leonard Abrams Distinguished Speaker Series Lecture

Lasers in Everyday Dentistry

Date:                      Saturday – November 7, 2020

Time:                     9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration:         8:30 a.m.

Location:              Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry                                        

                               3223 N. Broad Street, Lecture Room B, 3rd Floor

                               Philadelphia, PA 19140    

Tuition:                Temple Dental Faculty, Alumni, Residents and Students: FREE; All Others:  $75 (Breakfast & Lunch Included)           

Credits:                3 (L)


Temple Affiliates: Call 215.707.7541 or Email ncarreno@temple.edu

All Othershttps://dentistry.temple.edu/continuing-ed/registration-form

Lasers are an exciting new addition to the dental armamentarium and are increasingly being used for / applied to various dental procedures by general dentists, periodontists, and other specialists.  When used appropriately, lasers offer certain advantages over a conventional armamentarium. Knowledge and understanding of basic laser principles are important for every dentist to better deal with various marketing claims. This course will familiarize the clinician with different types of lasers, laser physics, laser-tissue interactions, and laser safety. Laser applications for restorative dentistry, periodontics, and implant dentistry including troughing, frenectomies, esthetic gingival tissue management, non-surgical and surgical treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis, and osseous surgery. Scientific evidence will be presented which includes human histologic results demonstrating cementum-mediated new attachment in the treatment of periodontitis.

Upon course completion, you will:

  • Familiarize clinicians with laser types and various laser wavelengths.
  • Describe laser-tissue interactions and how different lasers affect different tissues.
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of laser use.
  • Identify potential limitations for laser use in dental practice.
  • Emphasize laser safety measures.


Raymond A. Yukna, D.M.D., M.S.

Dr. Yukna is Professor of Advanced Periodontal Therapies at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.  He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Medicine, and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon.  He is a former Director of the American Board of Periodontology. A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, he received his periodontal training at the National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to accepting his current position, he was Director of Graduate Periodontics at Louisiana State University in New Orleans; and prior to that in full-time private practice in Denver, Colorado.  Dr. Yukna is a member of the American Dental Association, the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, and the Academy of Laser Dentistry; and is continuing his research and publications concentrating in the fields of reconstructive periodontics, and laser uses in periodontics.



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