College of Dental Medicine Continuing Education

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Course Description: Lasers give us a new application mode for treatment of many dental problems. This online course provides basic understanding of laser physics on all wavelengths that can be utilized in dentistry. You will know how to apply this technology for a wide range of treatments. This will include basic oral surgery, laser assisted periodontal, hard tissue applications (Restoratives procedures).You will also learn about therapeutic lasers (LLLT’s), as well as use of Fluorescence for soft tissue diagnostics. Laser Safety is a very important part of the program. It will guide you and your office in proper to safely use lasers. Patient case studies will provide a realistic understanding of how laser can work for you.

Author: Dr. Robert Levine

CE Units: 8.25

Course Breakdown and Instructions:

Module Goals:

Module 1 – Introduction to Laser Science, History & Safety

Provided Fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Laser history
  • Definitions- Laser light specifics
  • Units and measurement used with lasers
  • Basic laser physics → Laser tissue interaction
  • Assembly of laser
  • Differences between lasers
    • Gas Phase
    • Solid state
    • Semi-Conductor
  • Lasers used in dentistry
  • Laser Safety


Module 2 – Lasers and Oral Surgery

To teach specific indications and interactions of laser wavelengths with hard and soft tissues
  • Capabilities and limitations of technologies
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each laser wavelength
  • Capabilities and limitations of the Er-YAG laser for use in bone cutting
  • Parameters for all lasers
    • Power settings
    • Ranges
    • Preferred parameters


Module 3 – Hard Tissue Laser Applications

  • Understand scientific principles of laser hard tissue interaction
  • Know the proper laser that can be used for hard tissue laser treatment
  • Know the proper techniques for successful application of hard tissue laser treatment
  • Know the advantages and disadvantages of laser use in hard tissue treatment
  • Know the variety of procedures that can be effectively done with hard tissue lasers
    • Caries Removal, Caries Detection, Caries Inhibition, Bone Removal, Diagnostics, and Endodontics



To successfully complete this course, you will need to study the material presented in the course presentation. This is a self-paced course that can be paused and returned to at a later time. Once you have reviewed the course presentation in its entirety, you will need to complete the final assessment below. Lastly, please make sure to submit the required course evaluation.

If you have any course-related questions please contact Your questions will be forwarded to the appropriate content expert and you will receive a response within 48 hours.


You must pass the final assessment with a score of 70% to receive CE credit. After the assessment has been submitted you will have the opportunity to review your incorrect answers.

Practice Assessment

Grading for this quiz does not count towards the final quiz grade. Multiple attempts to this assessment can be made.

Final Assessment

Be sure to complete the Basic Laser Science course presentations before attempting this assessment. You must pass the final assessment with a grade of 70% or higher in order to receive course credit. Multiple attempts of this assessment can be made.


Course Evaluation:

In order to receive CE credit, you must also complete the course evaluation survey.