Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration and the Academy of Laser Dentistry are hosting a joint symposium on the uses of lasers and other light-based technologies in dentistry. The symposium will take place on Monday, December 8th, in Building 2, Room 2047 of the FDA facility in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Specifically, the symposium will provide an overview on the impact that light-based technologies are having on dentistry, including how lasers and light-based technologies interact with oral tissues, the impact they presently have in the practice of dentistry and other healthcare professions, and the future potential of these technologies. The presenters will be some of the most respected thought leaders in their respective fields, and will include practicing clinicians, academicians, and researchers from around the country.

The series presentations will start by reviewing what has happened over the nearly fifty years since the laser was developed in 1960. Discussions will include the science, research, and utilization of lasers and light-based technologies, their present roles, and the potential for additional applications in the future by dentists, dental hygienists, and other oral healthcare providers.

In addition, research and applications for hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity and related head and neck structures will be presented, including the use of lasers and light-based technologies in surgical, preventive, diagnostic, and potential healing applications.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

  1. Introduction & Overview

  • 8:00 am – 8:15 am: Welcome and Introductions; The Roles and Missions of the ALD and the FDA

Moderators: Ronald W. Waynant, Ph.D., Senior Optical Engineer, FDA/CDRH and Donald Coluzzi, D.D.S., Editor in Chief, The Journal of Laser Dentistry; Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  • 8:15 am – 8:45 am: An Overview and History of the Impact of Light-Based Technologies in Dentistry

Presented by Terry D. Meyers, D.D.S.

  1. Light-Based Technology Utilization in Dental Treatment

  • 8:45 am – 9:00 am: Soft Tissue Interactions and Applications

Presented by Michael Swick, D.M.D., Member, Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am: Hard Tissue Interactions and Applications

Presented by Donald Coluzzi, D.D.S. or Michael Swick, D.M.D.

  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am: Break

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am: Preventive Applications

Presented by Peter Rechmann, D.M.D., President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry; Professor and Director of Clinical Research, University of California, San Francisco

  • 10:30 am – 11:00 am: The Utilization of Light-Based Technologies in the Practice of Dental Hygiene

Presented by Angie Mott, R.D.H., Member, Board of Directors of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  1. The Role of Light-Based Diagnostic Technologies

  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am: Tissue Fluorescence (Autofluorescence)

Presented by Scott D. Benjamin, D.D.S., Vice-Chair of the Education Committee of the Academy of Laser Dentistry; Working Group Chairman, ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products for Dental Lasers

  • 11:30 am – 12:00 noon: Optical Coherent Tomography

Presenter: Craig Gimbel, D.D.S., Past President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry

  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)

  1. The Use of Low-Level Laser Therapy / Photobiomodulation in Oral Health

  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Mechanisms of Low-Level Light Therapy

Presenter: Michael Hamblin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Principal Investigator, Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

  • 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Light Modulates DNA, RNA and Protein Expression in the Nervous System

Presenter: Juanita J. Anders, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

  • 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Research on the use of LLLT to Assist in Wound Healing & Research on the use of LLLT for the Reduction of Dentinal Sensitivity

Presenter: Praveen R. Arany, B.D.S, M.D.S., Harvard School of Dental Medicine

  • 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm: Research on the use of LLLT in Bone Rejuvenation of the Mandible

Presenter: Jerry Bouquot, D.D.S., M.S.D., Professor & Chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, University of Texas, Dental Branch at Houston

  • 3:15 pm 3:30 pm: Break

  • 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm: FDA’s Research and Perspective on Light-Based Technology Utilization in Oral Health

Presenter: Ronald Waynant, Ph.D.

  • 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: Open Forum Discussion: “The Future and Where Do We Go From Here?”

Moderator: Don Coluzzi, D.D.S.

This one-day symposium in being jointly sponsored by the FDA and the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD) at the FDA facility in Silver Spring, MD (Washington, DC area) at no cost to the attendees. Registration and 8 hours of continuing education credit are being provided by the ALD. To register, visit Please register by December 1, 2008, as space is limited. If continuing education credits are desired, please designate it on the registration form. For additional information, contact Dr. Scott Benjamin (meeting coordinator for the ALD) at

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