Dr. Samuel B. LowDDS, MS, M.Ed.
Indications for Use of Lasers in Dental Implantology
Successful Tactics in Managing Peri-Implant Diseases
Perplexed by the elusive inflamed dental implant?
Confused by the various treatment/management strategies?
The introduction of dental implants in the overall management of patients is at all-time high, and dental professionals have yet to achieve consensus for a standard of care in the management of post implant complications. Recent data now demonstrates that inflammation associated with implants is commonplace and can result in loss of the implant with failure rates continuing to be at an all-time high. Implant diseases range from mucositis to bone loss implantitis. Long-term implant success can depend on quality prevention, treatment and maintenance. The dental team (especially the dental hygienist) requires successful systems and tools to enhance longevity and implant health.
We will review current strategies and introduce innovative techniques for managing both mucositis via air medicinal delivery and implantitis via laser decontamination/detoxification with unique tips for thread access. All laser wavelengths will be assessed utilizing scientific data as to thermal conductivity, and bone to implant contact. User-friendly techniques will be provided demonstrating laser open AND closed flap procedures.
Learning objectives for this lecture:
- Examine considerations for local versus systemic antibiotics in detoxification/decontamination of implants
- Incorporate safe techniques for at-the-chair anti-inflammatory Biofilm control with innovative technology, such as air medicinal delivery
- Establish the role of dental lasers in both open and closed procedures
Dr. Samuel Low’s Bio
Dr. Samuel, Professor Emeritus, of the University of Florida College of Dentistry is also an Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement.
If that is not enough, Dr. Low is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology.
Dr. Low provides dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal practices and is affiliated with the Florida Probe Corporation.