Gains Momentum in Dental Schools

Since dentists first began using lasers in the 1990s, much has been said about the technology that allows dentists to do new and better treatments in many areas of dentistry. From less pain, less blood, cleaner sites, faster healing, and greater precision, the benefits of laser dentistry are undeniable. That's why an increasing number of dental schools have introduced laser dentistry into their curricula. But the move into dental schools hasn't been without its challenges. While there's plenty of evidence for laser dentistry's effectiveness over traditional methods in many areas of dentistry, there's not enough evidence-based research into its use in periodontics. Adding a curriculum in laser dentistry also requires the buy-in from administration, as well as costly equipment. To launch a successful program, someone must champion the effort. Here we take a look at a few programs that have met the challenge.

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

As lasers have become an integral part of medicine over the past 10 to 15 years, Dr. Robert Levine wondered about their usefulness in dentistry. "We use them in ophthalmology and many surgical procedures. My feeling was, 'Why not in dentistry?'"