CEX-11 Stimulating Healing and Tissue Repair with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) – An Endodontist’s Perspective & CEX-12 Physical Properties and Crack Propagation in Young and Old Mineralized Dental Tissues (Preview)

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Stimulating Healing and Tissue Repair with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) – An Endodontist’s Perspective

Laser therapy in dentistry is usually associated with removal of hard or soft tissues, or disinfection of the root canal system. LLLT is a laser or LED light therapy that improves tissue repair (skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, nerves), reduces inflammation and reduces pain wherever the beam is applied. It works predominately on a protein in mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase) to increase ATP production and reduce oxidative stress. LLLT has recently been shown to aid in the treatment of trismus, neurogenic pain and paresthesia and even “untreatable” conditions like Osteonecrosis of the Jaw. This talk will take you on a journey of discovery and provide a treatment modality that can make a difference in the lives of your patients (and maybe even fix your tennis elbow along the way).

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  •  Describe the mechanism of action of low level laser therapy.
  •  Describe the biphasic effect of low level laser therapy, both stimulatory and inhibitory.
  •  Describe orofacial and dental indications for low level laser therapy.

Physical Properties and Crack Propagation in Young and Old Mineralized Dental Tissues (Preview)

This presentation will address the mechanical behavior of dentin, with special emphasis on the strength and fracture resistance. Details regarding spatial variations in the mechanical behavior within the root and crown will be described, as well as the changes that occur as a result of physiological aging. The mechanisms responsible for the changes in mechanical behavior will be discussed, as well as the potential contribution of these changes to the incidence of tooth fracture.

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  •  Describe the spatial variations in the microstructure of dentin within the root and crown.
  •  Describe the importance of spatial variations in the microstructure of dentin to its strength, resistance to the propagation of cracks and fracture.
  •  Describe the changes that take place in the microstructure and fracture resistance of dentin with aging.

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1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available

Justin R. Kolnick, B.D.S.

Dr. Kolnick received his dental degree cum laude from the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He completed his postdoctoral endodontic training at Columbia University, New York. For the past 34 years, Dr. Kolnick has been in private practice, limited to endodontics, in Westchester County, NY. Dr. Kolnick has been committed to endodontic education, first as an Associate Clinical Professor in Endodontics at Columbia University and then as an Attending at Westchester Medical Center and an Associate Clinical Professor in Endodontics at New York Medical College. Although he no longer holds these positions, he continues to lecture extensively on a local, national and international level and has published several articles on endodontics.

Dwayne D. Arola, Ph.D.

Dwayne Arola is currently a professor of Material Science and Engineering (MSE) at the University of Washington. He holds joint appointments in the departments of Oral Health Science, Restorative Dentistry and Mechanical Engineering. Prior to his appointments at Washington he was a faculty member within the University of Maryland system. His research broadly involves studies concerning the microstructure and mechanical properties of dental, engineering and natural materials. His interests in the area of dental materials are focused on characterizing the durability of bonded interfaces to dentin and enamel, as well as understanding the importance of aging to the mechanisms of degradation and the practice of restorative dentistry.

Justin R. Kolnick, B.D.S.

Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare I have a past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, as indicated below:
Biolase, Inc (Self) : Consultant (Status: Ongoing); Dentsply/Sirona (Self) : Consultant (Status: Ongoing), Opinion Leader (Status: Ongoing)

Dwayne D. Arola, Ph.D.   

I declare that I have no proprietary, financial, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course, and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith, that will be discussed or considered during the proposed presentation.