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Lasers in Restorative Dentistry – a live webinar

Daniel C. N. Chan, DMD, MS, DDS, FADM, FICD; John Yae, DDS; and Renato Leonardo, DMD, MS, PhD

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Applications of diode lasers in Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry – Dr. Daniel Chan

Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation (LASER) was introduced into the dentistry in 1960. A number of lasers such as carbon dioxide laser, neodymium yttrium aluminum garnet laser, Erbium laser and Diode laser are currently used in dentistry for specific goals. Dental applications include diagnosis, prevention, restorative and periodontal procedures, and endodontics. The aim of this presentation is to explain special characteristics and possible applications of laser devices for dental purposes and focuses on restorative procedures such as bonding, remineralization and caries removal. Novel laser research carried out in our department will also be highlighted.

The live endodontic demonstration will include the proper cleaning and shaping of the canal space with engine-driven reciprocating motion and specifically designed nickel-titanium instruments. In combination with canal shaping, the application of diode laser irradiation will be proposed for endodontic therapy to increase the level of disinfection, as well as produce morphological changes that occlude dentin tubules, improving the seal of the root canal system.

Clinical case presentations of laser dentistry – See actual cases and techniques – Dr. John Yae

  • lasers in restorative dentistry (tooth removal)
  • lasers in periodontal therapy
  • lasers in bone contouring and tissue removal
  • lasers for frenectomy and cold sores

Applications of diode lasers in Endodontics –live demonstration – Dr. Renato Leonardo

Course Topics: As a result of attending this lecture, you will learn:

  • The different types of laser for dentistry
  • The difference between soft tissue and hard tissue laser
  • Clinical applications of laser
  • The cutting-edge for laser in Endodontics
  • The benefits and limitations of reciprocation and rotation in endodontics
  • The importance of file design/motion and how this aspect can improve the instrumentation results
  • An intuitive instrumentation technique, taking advantage of the two different kinematics
  • How to perform a superior cleaning using ultrasonification
  • The application of diode laser irradiation in endodontics disinfection

Additional Benefit to Registrants! The presenters have agreed to let us record the course as a reference for registrants – if you’re registered for the class, you will also be able to review the video recording for up to one month after the class.


Daniel ChanDANIEL C. N. CHAN – Course Director. Dr. Chan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the UW School of Dentistry. He has earned both a DMD from the University of the Philippines (1979) and a DDS from the University of Iowa (1988), as well as a Certificate and MS. He has also pursued post-graduate training at the University of Iowa as well as the University of Washington and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. John YaeJOHN YAE is a fellow of the Academy of Laser Dentistry and has given multiple seminars on laser dentistry and implant surgical techniques both nationally and internationally. He graduated from UW SOD, is an associate professor for the Department of Restorative Dentistry, and practices in Lynnwood, WA.

Dr. Renato LeonardoRENATO LEONARDO is our Keynote Speaker. He graduated from Araraquara Dental School-UNESP in Brazil with a master’s degree in Endodontics and a PhD in Pathology. He is a professor of endodontics and continuing education courses in the United States, Canada, Portugal, Spain, and Brazil. He has published 98 articles, authored 68 chapters in endodontic books as an invited author, and has written nine endodontic books as the main author in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Fluent in four languages, Dr. Leonardo lectures internationally and, when not speaking, resides in Brazil.

Course Logistics

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Online as a Zoom webinar

This course is designed for dentists, but team members are welcome to attend.


Course: 8:30am – 1:30pm Pacific Time

$99/Dental Hygienist, Dental Assistant and Office Staff
$134/Current Dental Alumni Member

5 hours

* This course is eligible for a 10% discount if you are a current member of the UW Dental Alumni Association.


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University of Washington designates this activity for 5 continuing education credits.