Saturday, Sept. 9
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Moderator: Wai S. Cheung
Speakers: I. Stephen Brown, Bruce Edelstein, Purnima Kumar, and Thomas G. Wilson, Jr.
Cost: $99; limited attendance
Dental hygienists are a crucial part of the periodontal team and
play an essential role in providing quality periodontal care to
patients. The interactive Dental Hygiene Symposium is designed
to elevate the registered dental hygienist as a key partner in
comprehensive oral health care. Attendees can earn four CE
credits through a series of four lectures discussing periodontalsystemic
link, endoscopic periodontal debridement, the future
of lasers in periodontal therapy, and implant maintenance.
The Dental Hygiene Symposium is a ticketed event, but
Annual Meeting registration is not required. This event
is separate from the Annual Meeting’s one-day pass for
hygienists and lunch is not included.
Over half of American adults suffer from moderate to severe
periodontitis, yet the risk for disease is not equal among
all members of the population. Several environmental,
genetic, genotypic, and lifestyle-related factors affect the
risk for disease, and when some of these factors intersect,
the whole is greater than the sum of each factor alone. This
presentation will discuss the various factors that contribute to
increased susceptibility for disease, and the role of the dental
practitioner in mitigating or ameliorating these risks.
• Recognize the interconnection between the periodontium
and the rest of the body.
• Discuss the roles of genetic, genotypic, and environmental
factors in increasing susceptibility to periodontal and periimplant
• Explore the role of the periodontist-hygienist team in
treating such patients, and in mitigating the effects of
these risk factors.
Endoscopic Periodontal Debridement
In the treatment of periodontal disease, the dental profession
has had two traditional options, non-surgical or surgical
therapy. An innovative, third option is available—endoscopic
assisted periodontal debridement. This technology allows for
heightened detection and removal of subgingival deposits. A
novel concept, “The Soft Tissue Management Loop,” will be
defined—an advancing, alarming trend. Endoscopic assisted
debridement produces results that in many cases can equal
that of a surgical approach.
• Identify the concept of "The Soft Tissue Management
• Explore the exciting, non-surgical treatment option of
endoscopic assisted debridement.
• Recognize how results in many cases are comparable to a
The Future of Lasers in Periodontal Therapy: Science, Hype or Snake Oil?
I. Stephen Brown
Substantial controversy continues to surround the use of
lasers in periodontal therapy. The results of recent research
studies suggest that lasers provide a viable alternative to
traditional periodontal surgery. Properly applied, lasers
produce less bleeding, less swelling, and less discomfort.
Lasers treat the cause of periodontal disease rather than
the effects, by specifically targeting identifiable periodontal
pathogens. The most exciting recent advance in laser therapy
is the ability to predictably treat ailing-failing dental implants.
Regeneration of periodontal tissues is the gold standard by
which we measure treatment effectiveness. Lasers provide
an enhanced method for achieving this elusive goal for teeth
and dental implants.
• Assess how lasers are used to effectively treat teeth and
• Discover if laser periodontal treatment differs from
traditional pocket elimination surgery.
• Consider if there is evidence to support these treatment
modalities such as LANAP® and LAPIP.™
• Discuss if lasers are a “flash in the pan” or if they
represent the dawn of a new future, solidly based on
biology and physics.
Thomas G. Wilson, Jr.
The number of implants suffering from peri-implant disease
is increasing. There are continued questions concerning the
etiology and treatment of these problems. This presentation
will cover new data on these topics. The role of foreign
bodies, including cement and titanium, found in soft tissues
surrounding implants affected by these diseases will be
discussed. The effect of early and late colonizing bacteria
on the implant surfaces and their role in the production of
these foreign bodies will also be detailed. New therapeutic
and maintenance modalities will be discussed including
appropriate methods for removing biofilm from infected
• Discover new concepts in treating peri-implant diseases.
• Recognize the role of cement in these processes and how
to ameliorate the problem.
• Explain the possible role of titanium particles in the
etiology of these diseases.
• Review current approaches for treating and maintenance
for these diseases.
Thanks to Hu-Friedy for sponsoring this Symposium.
The AAP is an ADA CERP® recognized education provider.
ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Commission for Continuing Education Provider Recognition at ADA.org/CERP. The AAP cautions participants for these CE activities about the potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating new techniques and procedures in their practice.