FDC2018 Speaker Preview

21st Century Laser-assisted Dentistry

By Dr. Anthony Cardoza

Over the last 29 years, I have witnessed many technological advances in dentistry. Some of these advances have included computers throughout the office, digital X-rays, digital intra-oral photography, loupe and microscope magnification, and CAD/CAM technology, just to name a few. One of the most significant technological advances has been the evolution of the dental laser, and it’s this technology that’s really firing my passion for dentistry.

Lasers have been used in dentistry for several decades, but during the last five years they have become widely accepted and now tens of thousands of dentists in the U.S. and around the world have implemented lasers. Market acceptance of dental lasers is rapidly growing at a level where digital imaging was five to seven years ago.

In my practice we have several lasers for both hard- and soft-tissue applications, which are used for a wide range of procedures. It’s well-established that different procedures require different laser wavelengths. Wavelength is important because specific body tissues (chromophores) interact in different ways depending on the laser source. Therefore, it’s important to use the proper wavelength that is tissue-specific for the procedure.

The following are a few of the laser procedures performed in our office every day and the clinical advantages they offer our practice and, most importantly, our patients.

The near infrared diode laser has become my laser of choice for hygiene and soft tissue. It’s extremely effective for hygiene procedures such as laser bacterial reduction (LBR) and laser de-epitheliazation during scaling and root planing. Additionally, it’s excellent for soft-tissue surgical procedures such as frenectomy, gingivectomy, fibroma removal, and gingival retraction for crown and bridge impressions.

The most versatile laser I have is the erbium mid-infrared wavelength hard/soft-tissue laser. I use this laser several times a day for no-shot, no-drill cavity preps. My patients love being able to avoid having shots and post-op numbness. This laser gives me the ability to quickly and effectively remove decay, and often these restorations weren’t scheduled, but discovered during hygiene examinations. We can complete these procedures in one appointment and avoid the inconvenience of rescheduling the patient. With my erbium laser I can perform these procedures fast and often without anesthesia.

In addition, by lengthening the pulse duration, I also can perform many soft-tissue and bone procedures. Procedures like apicoectomy, gingivectomy, osseous recontouring and laser periodontal surgery are examples of treatments performed with the erbium laser.

Finally, lasers are now being used during endodontic treatment in the form of laser activated irrigation to greatly reduce bacteria and debris found in the canals without a net thermal elevation within the canal. Lasers also are now being used for snore reduction. The role of lasers in dentistry is continuing to increase as we see ongoing research in both lasers and their use in various applications in dentistry. The decision is no longer whether to add a laser to your practice, it’s just a matter of which laser will best fulfill your needs.

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Dr. Cardoza will be speaking at the 2018 Florida Dental Convention in Orlando in June. On Thursday, June 21, “Dispelling the ‘CSI Effect’ Myth” will be at 9 a.m., and “Dentistry’s Role in the Mass Disaster Scenario, Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence Recognition,” will be at 2 p.m. later that same day. On Friday, June 22, his workshop, “21st Century Laser-assisted Dentistry” will be at 9 a.m. with a repeat of the workshop at 2 p.m. To register, go to floridadentalconvention.com.

 

Come for the CE, Stay for the Fun at FDC2018!

The 2018 Florida Dental Convention (FDC) will be held June 21-23 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando. As a member benefit, Florida Dental Association (FDA) members can pre-register for FREE and earn up to 18 hours FREE continuing education (CE) credit.

This year’s theme, “Elevate Your Game,” is designed to assist the entire dental team with furthering their professional knowledge by offering more than 95 lectures and 30 workshops. FDC2018 has placed a conscious effort in specialty care CE, as well as focusing on complications that may arise during dental treatment.

Back by popular demand are “live dentistry” courses, designed for you to observe in-office operatory procedures firsthand. Course topics include orthodontic black triangles, CEREC and dental implant surgery.

Take advantage of free course tuition at FDC2018 and apply to be a speaker host. Lecture hosts will receive free course tuition for the hosted course and a lunch voucher for Exhibit Hall concessions. Workshop and certification hosts will receive free course tuition for an AM or PM lecture course of their choice and a lunch voucher for Exhibit Hall concessions. As a speaker host, you will introduce the speaker, make course announcements, pass out and collect surveys, and assist the speaker, if necessary. Click here to apply today!

Connect with more than 300 leading dental exhibitors at FDC2018. The Exhibit Hall will feature exhibitors ready to show you the latest technology, materials and instrumentation for your dental practice.

FDC offers fun for everyone! End each day with fun-filled and family-friendly events. On Thursday, sing along to Dueling Pianos, and on Friday, flashback in time at “80s Flashback!” If you are looking for nightlife, join the new dentists Friday night for “The After Party.”

Click here to register for FDC2018 today!

For questions or more information, email fdc@floridadental.org or call 850.681.3629.

 

 

 

10 Helpful Tips for License Renewal

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) now reviews your continuing education (CE) records in the DOH’s electronic tracking system, powered by CE Broker, at the time of license renewal. It will happen automatically when you renew your license. It is mandatory that all Florida licensed dentists renew their license through CE Broker for the 2016-2018 biennium by midnight on Feb. 28, 2018.

1. You must have 30 hours of CE to renew.

  • 28 general hours, which include 2 hours of Domestic Violence and no more than 3 hours of practice management
  • 2 hours of Medical Errors

2. NEW! Mandatory Survey. You must complete the mandatory telehealth survey when renewing your license. No license will be issued without this mandatory survey being completed!

3. First Year Renewing? If this is the first year renewing your license, you must have an additional 2 hours of HIV/AIDS along with the 30 hours of CE to renew your license.

4. CPR Certification. Along with the 30 hours needed to renew, you must have an up-to-date CPR certificate reported. You do not need to upload your CPR certificate to CE Broker. You will simply select that you have an updated certificate prior to renewing your license.

5. CE Credit Category. When reporting your CE credit, each type of CE credit, such as Domestic Violence, Medical Errors, HIV/AIDS, etc. must be reported in the correct category.

6. CE Provider. CE credit also must be reported under the correct CE provider. Click here to see the full list of BOD-approved CE providers.

7. Pro Bono Hours. To receive credit for pro bono dental services, the services must have been for the indigent residing in Florida (1 CE credit equals 1 hour of service). Only 7 hours of pro bono services can go toward your license renewal. If you volunteered at the 2017 Florida Mission of Mercy, an email was sent to you on how to report your service hours to CE Broker.

8. Free CE Broker Account. If you have the free CE Broker account, you must keep track of the CE courses you have taken and what you need for renewal. CE Broker will not keep track of what CE courses you are missing unless you have the professional or concierge accounts.

9. FDC Credit is Reported for You! CE credit for courses taken at FDC2016 or FDC2017, except for NC courses, have been reported to CE Broker on your behalf.

10. CE Broker App. If you upload CE courses on the CE Broker app, you must log out and then back into the app for the credit to show. The credits will not show up automatically or by refreshing the page.

For more information on the renewal process, CE Broker or FDA online CE, or courses taken at the 2016 or 2017 conventions, contact the Florida Dental Association at 800.877.9922 or fda@floridadental.org.

Are You Renewal Ready?

As a Florida Dental Association (FDA) member, you have access to exclusive benefits to help you through the license renewal process for the upcoming 2016-2018 biennium. Membership has its perks, and we want to make your renewal process as seamless as possible! Below are some of the benefits the FDA offers to assist you in the renewal process.

CE Broker
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) now automatically reviews your continuing education (CE) records in the DOH’s electronic tracking system — powered by CE Broker — at the time of license renewal. It is mandatory for all Florida-licensed dentists to renew their license through CE Broker for the 2016-2018 biennium by midnight on Feb. 28, 2018.

The FDA provides an exclusive members-only discount for CE Broker accounts.

  • Basic Account: FREE
  • Professional Account: $24 (non-members $29)
  • Concierge Account: $90 (non-members $99)

Click here to learn more about your account options. Contact the FDA office at fda@floridadental.org or 850.681.3629 for the discount code. Did you know you can update your CE credits on the go? Click here to download the FREE iPhone CE Broker app today.

NEW! Mandatory Survey
You must complete the mandatory Telehealth Survey when renewing your license. No license will be issued without this mandatory survey being completed!

Renewal by Mail
Your license should be renewed online through CE Broker. However, certain situations require you to renew by mail:

  • You need to change the status of your license.
  • You do NOT have a credit card or debit card to complete the transaction online and need to pay using a cashier’s check or money order.
  • Your license is in an Active Military status.
  • Your license is in a Volunteer status.
  • You need to request a name change.

To renew by mail, you must properly log into www.FLHealthsource.gov and print your renewal notice by selecting the Renew License link, then click on the Renew by Mail option.

Online CE
The FDA offers bimonthly “Diagnostic Discussion” articles from Today’s FDA and two Legal CE Guides that members can read and take an accompanying quiz for to earn CE credit. To access these articles, you will need to log into the member-only section of the FDA website. CE credit for these articles will be reported to CE Broker on your behalf.

Click here to directly access the “Diagnostic Discussions” and Legal CE Guides available to FDA-member dentists.

FDA CE Courses
All CE-eligible courses taken at FDC2016 and FDC2017 have been automatically reported to CE Broker on your behalf. FDA “Diagnostic Discussion” and Legal CE Guide credit is reported to CE broker the first Friday of each month.

CE@RENEWAL
The Florida DOH is a great source for renewal information! Click here to access a helpful 30-minute webinar to learn more about how to report your CE credits through CE Broker as well as other useful information. Don’t have time to join the webinar? Click here to learn more about the renewal process, how to report CE credits, the benefits CE Broker has to offer and much more!

Questions?
For the FDA CE Broker discount code, information on the biennium, the renewal process, CE Broker or your FDA-earned CE credits, contact the FDA office at fda@floridadental.org or 850.681.3629.