The Use Of Lasers in Nonsurgical Periodontal Therapy
The efficacy of this technology as an adjunctive treatment for periodontitis and peri-implant diseases remains controversial.
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:
- List the uses for each laser technology in periodontal therapy.
- Discuss the evidence regarding laser use as an adjunct to scaling and root planing.
- Describe the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy used for antimicrobial purposes in periodontal treatment.
- Explain the ethical and legal considerations related to dental hygienists’ use of lasers.
This course was published in the February 2017 issue and expires February 2020. The author has no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.