2014: Lasers in Periodontics, Dec. 10

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine - Continuing Education Course

 Dental Lasers: What Wavelengths are Right for Your Practice?


Date & Time

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM


Columbia University CDM designates this activity:

CE Credit Hours - 7


Course Director

James B. Fine, DMD

Associate Dean for Postdoctoral programs, Director, Postdoctoral Periodontics, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine; Private Practice in Periodontics, NYC & NJ



Location This course is held on the main campus:

Columbia University Morningside Campus

Alfred Lerner Hall - Jed D. Satow Room, 5th Floor

2920 Broadway at 115th Street

New York, NY 10027


Subway: #1 train to 116th St. (at Broadway)


Registration Fee $345 

Includes mid-morning refreshment break and networking lunch.

Reminder - Discounts apply for Columbia University CDM Alumni 

Course Director and Presenter:

Eric Linden, DMD, MSD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Periodontics, Section of Oral & Diagnostic Sciences, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine; Private Practice in Laser Periodontal SurgeryDental Implants, and Bone Regeneration, NYC & NJ

Guest Speakers:

Peter Vitruk,  PhD, MSc

Founder, Luxarcare LLC, Aesculight LLC, LightScalpel, LLC


Christopher J. Walinski, DDS

Adjunct Faculty, The Ohio State University College of Dentistry; Executive Director, World Clinical Laser Institute, LA; Private Practice, San Diego, CA



This course will provide an comprehensive overview of the functions, use, maintenance and research involved in laser therapy. It will include a demonstration and comparison of various laser systems used in periodontal and implant therapy. At the conclusion of the course you will understand how selection of the most appropriate and effective laser will lead to the best clinical outcome. 

8:45 a.m. Participant check-in

9:10 a.m. Welcome - Dr. James B. Fine, DMD

9:15 a.m. Introduction to Basic Laser Physics and Laser Therapy using ND/YAG wavelength - Dr. Eric Linden, DMD, MSD 

The most common dental laser wavelengths will be explained in detail. Original clinical cases will be presented to show how laser therapy can be utilized for the treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis. You will see how laser tissue interaction looks with the various wavelengths and the target tissues. The ND/YAG wavelength will be discussed and clinical results reviewed.  The basic physics and what makes a laser “work” will be discussed. Understanding and appling these concepts will enhance your confidence in deciding whether to incorporate laser use into your practice.

10:45 a.m. Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. VitrukAblation and Coagulation with Practical Soft Tissue Dental Laser Wavelengths (1,000 nm, 3,000 nm, and 10,000 nm - Peter Vitruk, PhD, MSc.

Controversies and misconceptions about soft tissue dental lasers are examined and discussed through detailed physics analysis of laser-tissue interaction. Topics will include: Tissue Absorption and Light Scattering, Thermal Relaxation Time, Photo-Thermal Ablation, Photo-Thermal Coagulation, Photo-Thermal Bactericidal Effects, Contact and Non-Contact Lasers, Laser-Implant Intercation. This lecture will enable participants to define the applicability of laser-tissue interaction models (ablation, coagulation, bactericidal action, interaction with implants) to three practical groups of soft-tissue dental lasers (ca 1,000 nm, ca 3,000 nm, and ca 10,000 nm).

12:30 p.m.  Networking lunch

1:30 p.m.  Erbium and Diode Lasers in Dentistry: Beyond Basic Soft Tissue Management Christopher J. Walinski, DDS

The use of hard tissue and soft tissue lasers in dental practice continues to evolve. What began as a simple excisional device has transformed into a technology which can be used in every dental specialty. This informative presentation will take you into the world of laser dentistry beyond simple excisional procedures. Presentation topics will include various laser therapies with attention to both perio-restorative and perio-pathology. Anecdotal and science resources from crown lengthening procedures to treatment of periodontitis will be investigated. Case reports demonstrating success will be explored along with clear contraindications.

Attendees will

·         Understand that not all lasers are created equal; different wavelengths for different applications;

·         Learn why a single laser wavelength is not appropriate for every dental indication;

·         Review considerations for perio/restorative laser procedures;

·         See real time video and photographs of clinically relevant laser procedures across multiple specialties

·         Understand benefits of laser procedures and various surgical implications;

·         Examine the role of lasers in implant site development, placement, and resolving peri implant mucositis and peri implantitis

3:00 p.m. Laser Demonstration - in this interactive session participants will have the opportunity to see three different types of lasers in action.

4:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A with course presenters

5:30 p.m. Course concludes



Eric Linden, DMD, MSD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Periodontics and Oral Medicine at Columbia University. He is also a Certified Instructor with The Institute of Advanced Laser Dentistry and educates doctors worldwide in laser physics and the attainment standard proficiency. Dr. Linden is certified to teach and train doctors in all the major dental wavelengths.  He has authored numerous articles including several in the Journal of Periodontics and leading laser journals, most recently the SPIE Journal on Lasers and the treatment of Peri-implantitis.

Dr. Linden has been in private practice in Manhattan and New Jersey for over 29 years and involved with lasers since the mid 1990’s.  He is currently developing and researching laser protocols for the treatment of Peri-implantitis and Periodontal disease with the ND/YAG, Erbium, and CO2 lasers. Dr. Linden is one of five doctors selected to represent over 8,000 members of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) by serving on the committee for Peri-implantitis and Periodontal disease. Dr. Linden is recognized internationally for his work with lasers and teaching.

Peter Vitruk earned his PhD degree in Physics from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Moscow in the late 1980s in the former USSR, and since then he held a variety of research and development positions around the globe. In the 1990s he held Research Scientist position with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and then a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. He later worked as Senior Scientist with Synrad Inc. in Seattle, Washington, and then as Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis also in Seattle.

In 2002 Dr. Vitruk founded Luxarcare LLC – an exclusive certified Luxar laser service and accessories provider for 12,000+ surgical Luxar laser installations around the globe. In 2005 he founded Aesculight LLC and LightScalpel LLC – the only American based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for small office out-patient market. Dr. Vitruk has authored 10 patents and over 20 articles on CO2 lasers, and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, UK and a Member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, USA.

Christopher J. Walinski, DDS is an author, instructor and innovator in laser dentistry. His 2003 text on laser dentistry has been published in over ten languages. He is a Founding member of the American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, a Diplomate and Past-President of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry, and is the only American representative on the Editorial Board for the Indian Society for Oral Laser Applications, based in Mumbai. 

He was a founder of, and is the Executive Director of the World Clinical Laser Institute, from which he has received Masters certification, and has Laser Certifications through the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Walinski maintains a part-time private practice in San Diego and is Adjunct Faculty at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is a Visiting Professor at the National University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, and Taipei Medical University College of Oral Medicine, emphasizing dentistry using lasers and other technologies.


REGISTRATION: The fastest way to register for courses is through our online registration system. You can also submit a completed CE registration form by fax to 212-342-5179 or by mail to: CE Office, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, 630 West 168th Street, Box 20, New York NY 10032. Registration may also be done by telephone at 212-305-7124. Please make checks payable to: Columbia University. Early registration is advised to guarantee a place in all courses.

TUITION & FEES: CDM Alumni and all dental hygienists/staff receive a 10% discount on listed tuition for all Continuing Education (CE) courses. Alumni graduating within five (5) years prior to a course receive a 20% discount. CDM faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on listed tuition rates. Retired alumni not requiring CE credits may audit courses at no charge, dependent on space availability.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellation of a course will result in a refund or credit to your CE account. Refunds are granted only if notification is received in writing at least 72 hours prior to the course. For Implantology Continuum and other extended or internatinoal sessions, please refer to the dedicated course webpage for specific cancellation details for those courses. Columbia University cannot assume responsibility for losses due to participants' travel arrangements. Tuitions for no-shows will be forfeited.

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Columbia University CDM is also a Dental Board of California registered provider #3954.

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