2018 Summer Meeting - Speaker

Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed.
Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; Associate Faculty Member, Pankey Institute

Samuel B. Low, D.D.S., M.S., M.Ed., Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, College of Dentistry; Associate faculty member of the Pankey Institute with 30 years of private practice experience in periodontics, lasers and implant placement. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and past President of the American Academy of Periodontology. He is a current Board of Director of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Low provides periodontists, dentists and dental hygienists with the tools for successfully managing the periodontal patient in general and periodontal. He was selected “Dentist of the Year” by the Florida Dental Association, Distinguished Alumnus by the University of Texas Dental School, and the Gordon Christensen Lecturer Recognition Award. He is a Past President of the Florida Dental Association and past ADA Trustee.

Periodontics: A Profession in Transition with a Dynamic Laser Strategy!

Dentistry is in rapid change and thus our profession is in a state of flux. Technology, dentist/periodontist supply and demand, DSO’s, politics, and third party intervention create unavoidable trending. Each generation of periodontists may be perplexed as to future success strategies. We unlock the mystery of change by analyzing each trend contributor and generation and turn it into an opportunity considering all de novo systems as the comprehensive care coordinator, direct patient marketer, to the itinerant clinician. The positioning of laser technology into the practice will be evaluated as to the return on investment via the addition of minimally invasive procedures with significant positive patient case acceptance. We will present objectively the science and rationale for laser indications with innovative techniques for managing periodontitis, the elusive implantitis, the rewarding esthetic crown length and a pot-pourri from extraction/ socket preservation to sinus augmentation. Adjunctive pearls as marketing scripts and 3rd party coding will enhance implementation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review generational influence and outside forces on both our patients and us
  2. Assess new strategies as to direct patient referral to the perio gatekeeper
  3. Evaluate the role of lasers as a change agent
  4. Enlighten on the success of minimally invasive laser procedures for implantitis/periodontitis, esthetic crown length, and extraction/socket preservation.
Teaching Method: Lecture

Disclosure of relevant financial relationships:
Consultant: PerioScience Phillips; Stock Shareholder: Florida Probe; Employee: Biolase; Other financial/material support: Dentsply Sirona (equipment)

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