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New Materials, Technologies & Laser Training

New Materials, Technologies & Laser Training - Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Level III

Friday-Sunday, October 23-25, 2015 

Would you like an unbiased assessment of dental materials and technologies available today? Would you like to attain laser certification? 

Learn how to get the most from contemporary materials and technologies. Master clinicians/teachers will show you how to select and use the new generation restorative materials and incorporate CAD/CAM and laser technologies into your practice. You will benefit from intensive training in the interpretation of cone beam CT images and in the use of soft tissue lasers. This small-group course will give you the attention and tools to position your practice as a contemporary restorative and esthetic practice in your community.


During this continuing dental education course, you will gain the background and skills to:

  • identify the best choice of materials for your patients with an understanding of the latest adhesive and composite materials.
  • increase longevity and prevent sensitivity with your composite restorations.
  • identify when cone beam CT scans are indicated for implant or other restorative needs.
  • interpret cone beam CT scans.
  • integrate CAD/CAM technology into your practice.
  • identify how the use of lasers can expand your restorative care.
  • incorporate lasers into your daily practice—Standard Proficiency laser certification is included with this module.
Who Should Attend

Any dentist who wants practical training with soft tissue lasers and greater understanding of the new dental materials and technologies. This course is an elective module in the "Postgraduate Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry."

Educational Methods 

Illustrated lectures, demonstrations, laboratory workshops, round table case discussions, and interactive CT scan interpretation.

Laser Certification Examination Details

A laser clinical proficiency practical examination is included in the course. You will receive an email prior to the course asking you to indicate the wavelength of the device you wish to be tested on. The written examination for Standard Proficiency is administered online. A separate fee of $95 is payable to the Academy of Laser Dentistry should you choose to take the written examination. The online written examination should be taken within three months of the course. More details regarding the online examination will be provided during the course.

Course Instructors

Mansur Ahmad, B.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Division of Oral Medicine, Diagnosis and Radiology, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; Diplomate and Past President, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

John Graeber, D.M.D., Certified Laser Educator; full-time general and cosmetic practitioner in East Hanover, New Jersey who is recognized nationally for his expertise in lasers in dentistry. Dr. Graeber has written several articles on the subject of high-tech dentistry and has provided lecture and hands-on laser courses during the last 17 years for many dental schools as well as for the major dental meetings around the country. Dr. Graeber has performed more the 25,000 laser procedures and trained over 2,000 diode laser owners. He currently is serving as President of the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Erin C. Johnson, D.D.S., Postdoctoral Fellow, Dental Implant Program, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Paul S. Olin, D.D.S., M.S., Director, Dental Implant Program; Associate Professor, Division of Prosthodontics, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Olin maintains an active prosthodontic and esthetic dentistry practice. Dr. Olin is the Director of Postgraduate Programs in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry Levels I-III at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. 

Marcos Vargas, B.D.B., D.D.S., M.S., Professor, Department of Family Dentistry, The University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Dr. Vargas teaches restorative dentistry to graduate and undergraduate students. His areas of expertise include adhesion, direct and indirect restorations, and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Vargas has published extensively in these areas and he lectures nationally and internationally.


Previous course participants have shared:

“I would strongly encourage other dentists to take this course. Great introduction into technologies being used today!” Dr. Glenda Reynolds, Belmond, NH

“Dentistry has evolved so much thanks to new technology and we can’t stay behind. This course is a must!” Dr. Martin Salazar, Indianapolis, IN

“Wonderful, educational, stimulating.” Dr. Deborah Overoyen, Newton, IL

Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry

The University of Minnesota Continuing Dental Education Program is pleased to offer a unique Certificate Program in Contemporary Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry. Dentists may earn a university certificate in contemporary restorative and esthetic dentistry, in addition to mastership credit for the Academy of General Dentistry and continuing education credit for relicensure requirements.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Postgraduate Program in Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry: Level I

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