The uses and benefits of soft-tissue lasers in dental hygienepractice are myriad. Lasers are used for more effectivedebridement, scaling and planning, with less pain and bleeding.Hygienists can detect sub- and supra-gingival calculus, remove thebacteria in pockets, and remove granulation, among othertreatments.
Soft-tissue Lasers in Dental Hygiene is the first book toexplain laser use in periodontal therapy. Authors Jessica Blaydenand Angie Mott are registered dental hygienists who have been usinglaser therapy in their dental hygiene practices for several years,and here they share their experience. Blayden and Mott begin bydiscussing laser history, physics, components, and safety. Theythen describe the specifics of periodontal therapy—whatlasers can be used for, how to implement them, techniques, andprotocols. The authors also present case studies that demonstratehow treatment plans are implemented for varying levels ofperiodontal disease. The authors conclude with chapters on patientcommunication and practice management.
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About the Author
Jessica Blayden, RDH, has been a hygienist for 11 yearspracticing in San Diego CA, and now in Utah. She is a memberof the Academy of Laser Dentistry and on the Auxillary Board; inaddition she also has her Standard Proficiency and is working onthe third part of the Advanced Proficiency with the Academy ofLaser Dentistry. She has completed Mastership status in theWorld Clinical Laser Institute in the area of diode lasers. Jessica speaks and conducts hygiene Soft Tissue Diode CertificationCourses for Perio Laser Institute and provides Continuing Educationas a PACE provider all throughout the country and Canada. She alsospeaks for a variety of other laser manufacturers, hygienecompanies and conducts in-office training for private dentalpractices.Angie Mott, RDH, has been a clinical hygienist for more than20 years and has been working with lasers since 2000. She is amember of the Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), where she obtainedher Advanced level proficiency, her Educator Status and receivedher ALD Recognized Course Provider in 2007 and her Mastership withALD in 2008. She currently serves as Auxiliary Chair for theALD Board of Directors and serves on the Regulatory Affairs,Education, Membership, Advertising and the Scientific SessionsCommittees. Angie is a past presenter for the ALD, OklahomaDental Association, Arkansas State Dental Board, Kentucky DentalAssociation, RDH Under one Roof, as well as several others. Angieteaches in-office laser certification courses for private officesthroughout the United States and Canada, as well as for Las Vegasinstitute (LVI) in Las Vegas, NV.
Table of Contents
1 Laser history 3
2 Laser physics 9
3 Laser components 19
4 Lasers available in dentistry 27
5 Periodontal therapy 47
6 What can be achieved with lasers: possible guided-tissue regeneration 61
7 Laser applications for the dental hygienist 75
8 How to implement lasers in dental hygiene 79
9 Communication skills for the dental hygienist 97
10 Insurance codes: how is laser paid for? 107
11 Laser cases 115
Appendix: further educational options for laser dental hygienists 219