Update on Periodontics: Periodontitis, Peri-implantitis, and Lasers

UCSF Nursing N-225

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This course will provide a practical overview of non-surgical and surgical periodontal techniques for teeth and implants of interest to the general dentist, dental hygienist, as well as dental support staff. Topics will include a discussion of the etiology and pathogenesis of periodontitis and peri-implantitis. This analysis of "health to disease" will, in a logical and clear manner, outline the role of external factors as well as the host immune response in periodontitis/peri-implantitis.

Of special interest will be an extensive overview of laser periodontal therapy for teeth and implants. This topic will include current research and clinical approaches using diode, NgYag, ErYag as well as CO2 lasers. Also included will be a tutorial on basic non-surgical crown lengthening for the general dentist.


  • Describe how to effectively maintain your patients who refuse referral to the periodontist
  • Learn the basics of the "non-surgical crown lengthening technique"
  • Discuss the role of the immune system in the progression of periodontal disease

Educational Objectives:

  • Define periodontitis and peri-implantitis
  • Discuss Treatment of periodontitis and peri-implantitis
  • Describe the connection of periodontitis and other systemic diseases
  • Discuss laser therapy in periodontics

Intended Audience:
This course is designed for general dentists, dental specialists, and the entire dental team.

Richard Nathan, DMD, MS, Clinical Professor at UCSF

Richard Nathan,DMD,MS is a clinical professor at UCSF and UOP Dental Schools and has had a private practice in periodontics in San Francisco for 35 years. Dr. Nathan has lectured internationally on the topic of periodontitis and peri-implantitis. He received his dental degree from Tufts Dental School and his MS in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology at UCSF School of Dentistry.

CDE Coursework Units:
7 Category I Units

Dentist - $299
Auxiliary - $229
UCSF Faculty/Staff: Please call 415.514.0778.
Tuition includes continental breakfast, course materials, and parking.

Tuition refund, less a $50 cancellation fee, will be issued only for cancellations received in writing at least 3 business days prior to the start date of the course. No refunds will be issued for late cancellations or no-shows. We reserve the right to cancel any course due to circumstances beyond our control; under those circumstances we will refund all course fee payments. Please be aware that UCSF School of Dentistry CDE is not responsible for reimbursement of nonrefundable airline tickets or any other travel expenses in the event that a course is cancelled.

Directions to Lecture Hall N225:
Enter UCSF through the Medical Sciences building, up a short flight of stairs at 513 Parnassus Ave. A short way straight ahead down the main hall, you will see a large, open stairway.Climb these stairs and enter Saunders Court. The Nursing building lies in front of you; to your left you will see the Health Sciences West tower. Cross the courtyard and enter the Nursing building. You should see a cafe on your right as you come through the door. The N225 lecture hall is located to your left.

For more information please call our office at 415.514.0778.