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MYTHS and PHYSICS of SURGICAL and DENTAL LASERS
PETER VITRUK, PhD
April 7, 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
The use of lasers in dental practice continues to grow significantly and its uses continue to expand: from frenectomies in airway dentistry to periodontal, endodontic, and restorative care as well as other areas of oral medicine. When choosing your first laser, it is important to know what makes a good surgical laser. The Curriculum for this webinar has been developed by the American Laser Study Club (ALSC). ALSC will provide lecture note handouts, an online laser-tissue interaction knowledge exam, an option for online laser safety training and examination through the Laser Institute of America.
Dr. Peter Vitruk, PhD will provide:
- An understanding of the fundamental processes involved in the laser-tissue interaction and helps attendees learn how the laser beam cuts and provides coagulation and hemostasis.
- What are common misconceptions about soft tissue dental lasers and hot tip (non-laser) cautery devices such as diodes?
- Superficial and Deep Coagulation and Hemostasis
- Cutting Depth Control
- Shallow and Deep Incisions
- Post Operative Pain and Healing
Dr. Peter Vitruk was born and raised in Ukraine. He earned his PhD degree in Physics from the Moscow Physics and Technology Institute, Moscow in the late 1980s in the former USSR. In the 1990s he held Research Scientist position with The Academy of Sciences in the former USSR and then a Royal Society Visiting Research Fellow position at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He later worked as Senior Scientist with Synrad Inc. in Seattle, WA, and then as Chief Scientist with Luxar/ESC/Lumenis also in Seattle, WA. In 2002 Dr Vitruk founded Luxarcare LLC an exclusive certified Luxar laser service and accessories provider for 12,000+ surgical Luxar laser installations around the globe. In 2005 he founded Aesculight LLC and LightScalpel LLC – the only American based designer and manufacturer of surgical CO2 lasers for small office out-patient dental, medical and veterinary surgical markets. Dr. Vitruk has authored 10 patents and over 50 articles on CO2 lasers, and is a Member of The Institute of Physics, UK. In 2017 he founded the American Laser Study Club, an educational platform that helps physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and practice staff members to excel at efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice. He is married to his wife of 34 years Natasha and they together have two children, Olga and Alexander.