Tuesday Session, 8–10 a.m.
Program Track: Imaging and Emerging Technologies
Moderator: Myron Nevins
Speakers: Donald S. Clem, III, Allen S. Honigman, and Samuel B. Low
Contemporary treatment regimens have provided significant success with periodontal regeneration and osseointegration, but both are challenged by patient susceptibility to inflammation. Periodontitis and peri-implantitis demand attention at their early stages, but too frequently encounter delays that progress from gingivitis to the loss of alveolar bone. Laser treatment regimens have demonstrated a valuable role when addressing the need for control or correction of the periodontal hard and soft tissues. This panel will present their clinical experiences to resolve inflammatory diseases. They will review current knowledge and address when and how to improve the dental health of patients and compare the laser predictability to traditional therapies.
• Explain the evidence for specific lasers to treat peri-implantitis.
• List the capabilities of lasers to decontaminate the implant surface and identify when to use a laser approach when treating periodontal disease.
• Recognize the limitations and decisions relative to treatment of peri-implantitis.
• Review the most promising regenerative therapies to solve this problem.