Raymond A. Yukna, DMD, MS

Raymond A. Yukna, DMD, MS

Friday, April 3, 2009
9 am - 12 pm; 2 pm - 5 pm (repeat)
3 CE credits each course
ODA course
Recommended for: Dentists




Lasers in Periodontal Therapy  

Lasers are an exciting new addition to the dental armamentarium and are increasingly being used for / applied to various dental procedures. Knowledge and understanding of basic laser principles are important for every dentist to better deal with various marketing claims. This course will review various types of lasers and their applications in dentistry. Emphasis will be placed on periodontal pocket therapy, particularly using the free running pulsed Nd:YAG laser. Clinical cases and human histology evidence of laser assisted cementum mediated new attachment will be presented.

By taking this course, participants will:
1.    Be able to differentiate among various laser wavelengths
2.    Understand the application of various types of lasers
3.    Identify the limitations of different lasers
4.    Learn effective periodontal applications of lasers based on human clinical and histologic results
5.    Understand the advantages and disadvantages of laser periodontal therapy


Dr. Ray Yukna is Professor and Director of Advanced Periodontal Therapies at the University of Colorado School of Dentistry and has a part-time private practice. He is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Medicine, and is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He is a former Director of the American Board of Periodontology. A graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, he received his periodontal training at the National Naval Dental Center, Bethesda, Maryland, and a Master of Science Degree from George Washington University. Prior to accepting his current position, he was Director of Graduate Periodontics at Louisiana State University in New Orleans; and prior to that in full-time private practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Yukna is a member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Academy of Osseointegration, and the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, and the IADR; and is continuing his research and publications concentrating in the fields of reconstructive periodontics, bone grafting, dental implants, and laser uses in periodontics.