College of Dental Medicine Continuing Education

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Course Description: The Diode laser is the most commonly used laser to support Periodontal Therapy. More often than not the results do not meet up to expectations. By understanding the basic science behind diode laser use, the spatial parameters of the soft tissue that you are treating and the photothermal temperature dynamics your success rate will significantly improve.This course will review some basic microbiology and the Periodontal Pathogens that we encounter. We will provide you with basic application protocols using a Periodontal Treatment Model. A variety of surgical cases will also be provided in the course.

Author: Dr. Levine

CE Units: 6

Course Breakdown and Instructions:

Module Goals:

Module 1 – Introduction to Laser Science

Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Basic  Microbiology  of  Periodontal  Apparatus
  • Periodontal  Disease
    • 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 , Solid State, or Semi-Conductor  Phases
  • Photothermal Effects on Soft Tissue
  • Laser Safety

Module 2 – Diode Hygiene Applications

Provide fundamentals for understanding of:
  • Soft Tissue Spatial Dynamics
  • Coagulation Principles
  • Temperature Dynamics
  • Application Technique
  • Soft Tissue Surgery with Case Presentations

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 Introduction to Diode Laser Hygiene 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.