ALD to Present Three Hands-On Laser Courses at GNYDM

Dentistry Today


The Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) will present three hands-on sessions during the Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), November 27 and November 28, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“I’m very excited to be co-presenting three valuable courses with my friend and colleague, Dr. Edward Kusek,” said ALD president Charles Hoopingarner, DDS. “As always, the ALD will provide hands-on clinical training on many different lasers for both the new laser use as well as the more experienced clinician.”

The first course, “Hands-On Introduction to Lasers—Tech Talk,” will be on Monday, November 27 from 9:45 am to noon at booth 6216 on the Exhibit Floor. Available for 3 continuing education (CE) credits, it will provide an overview of clinical applications of lasers in contemporary dental practice. Interactive discussions will aim to provide a balanced view of dental laser wavelengths, techniques, and applications. 

Representatives from various laser manufacturers will be present to demonstrate their products in a workshop forum. Attendees can listen to each 10-minute “Tech Talk” and then rotate to hands-on exercises specific to different lasers led by course faculty. The session will provide a basic understanding of dental wavelengths for hard and soft tissue procedures, diagnosis, and treatment. Also, it will explore the laser-tissue interactions, the effects and results of laser work, basic laser physics, how lasers work, and safety considerations. Click here to register. 

Next, the ALD will present “Get the Most Out of Diode Lasers” for three CE credits on Monday, November 27, from 2 to 5 pm at booth 6216. Appropriate for the entire clinical team, this hands-on program will cover safety protocols with the diode laser. Attendees can gain confidence by practicing procedures that can be applied as soon as they return to their office. Also, they can learn how to perform biopsies, create ovate pontic space, remove venous lake, and perform aesthetic gingival recontouring, tissue troughing, and implant uncovering. Click here to register.

On Tuesday, November 28, the ALD will offer “Diode Laser Basic Competency Course—Laser Workshop” from 9:45 to 12:45 and from 2 to 5 pm for six CE credits at booth 107 on the Exhibit Floor. The program will include a lecture and a hands-on segment covering a comprehensive overview and basic understanding of the diode dental laser. It will focus on laser tissue interactions and the safety and operation of a variety of diode lasers provided by numerous companies.

Attendees also will be given a list of procedures to complete during this workshop, which satisfies the ALD’s basic competency course. It will cover popular laser procedures such as troughing, frenectomies, laser sculpting in smile design, photo biomodulation to aid in wound healing, removal of redundant tissue in orthodontics, and non-invasive periodontal procedures. Also, it will cover correct safety procedures for the staff, clinician, and patient, and how diode lasers interact with soft tissue. To register, click here.

“The programs hosted by the ALD at the Greater New York Dental Meeting are just a snapshot of the in-depth laser dentistry curriculum we provide during our annual scientific sessions,” said ALD executive director Gail Sminovsky. “Our upcoming scientific session in April will be our biggest annual event to date. Our theme is Innovation, Illumination, Imagination—Celebrating Laser Dentistry 25 years and Beyond.”

ALD2018 will be held April 26 to April 28, 2018, at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Fla. For more information and to register, go to

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