Treating Pediatric Tongue and Lip Ties with Lasers: A Hands-On Experience

Friday, May 14, 2021 - Saturday, May 15, 2021

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Course sign-in opens 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.

Course Details


Course Description

As many as five percent of all babies born in the US have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. Affected babies often fail to thrive and can be erroneously labeled as “lazy nursers” or “stubborn feeders”. This course will focus on the use of lasers in pediatric dental patients, including treating tongue and lip ties.


This course will review practical aspects of soft tissue laser surgery and the fundamental processes involved in the laser-tissue interaction. Attendees will learn how deep the laser beam cuts and how deep the coagulation and hemostasis extend into the surgical margins. Our hands-on participation lab is designed to train attendees on how to perform laser frenectomies safely and efficiently.


Course Objectives
At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand infant sucking physiology and how tongue ties impair infant suck
  • Use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies and children for this condition
  • Understand orthodontic-myofunctional connection
  • Understand how the soft tissues of the orofacial complex may manifest malocclusion, TMD, headaches and other problems
  • Understand all consequences and benefits of using lasers to remove oral restrictions
  • Learn about different types of functional orthodontic devices and how they may help different types of cases
  • Learn how to remove oral restrictions using soft-tissue lasers through observing
  • Learn the sound scientific basis and proven efficacy of lasers in dentistry
  • Practice laser frenectomy simulations on tissue samples during laser wetlab

Laser Curriculum and Certification
Laser Surgery and Safety Basic Knowledge Certification curriculum for this course has been developed by the American Laser Study Club (ALSC). The ALSC's curriculum overcomes the known limitations of many laser dentistry courses and includes the detailed physics of soft tissue ablation and coagulation with laser and hot tip (non-laser) devices. Using proper laser safety precautions, participants will benefit from a hands-on laser experience using different wavelengths on tissue samples.



Participants, who successfully complete an examination will be awarded a Laser Safety Basic Knowledge certificate from the Board of Laser Safety of the Laser Institute of America (discounted cost for the ALSC members), as well as a Laser Dentistry and Laser Surgery Basic Knowledge and Hands-On Participation Wetlab certificate from the American Laser Study Club (free for the course participants).

This course is sponsored in part by:
LightScalpel LLC

Course Location


University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry*
2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48208

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*The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry is closely monitoring and adhering to recommended guidelines. All persons are subject to CDC screening and required to wear a mask and maintain a proper social distance while on campus. Please review Detroit Mercy Dental's protocol for Covid-19 spread prevention.

Detroit Mercy Dental

Tuition and Registration

Dentist: $1,195
Allied: $850


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Course tuition includes a boxed continental breakfast and lunch each day.

Course Credit

CEUs: 12 (Lecture and Hands-On/Participation)

AGD Subject Code: 135

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry designates this activity for 6 lecture units and
6 hands-on units of continuing education credit.


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