ALD announces 2008 student scholarship award recipients

May 5, 2008
Selection is based on abstracts of laser research submitted for presentation.

CORAL SPRINGS, FL--The Academy of Laser Dentistry has announced the three recipients of the Dr. Eugene M. Seidner Student Scholarship for 2008.

Each clinician gave an oral presentation as part of the Scientific General Sessions of the Academy of Laser Dentistry's 15th Annual Conference, April 9-12 at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado Island, San Diego, Calif.

Each applicant's eligibility is demonstrated by academic achievement in the study of lasers in dentistry. The selection is based on abstracts of laser research submitted for presentation. The Scholarship Fund covers one year of ALD membership, full conference registration to participate in ALD Annual Conference, Standard Proficiency Certification participation, air transportation, and hotel accommodations for up to five nights.

The following summarizes the three doctors' work that was presented April 9:

"Effect of a New Carbon Dioxide Laser and Fluoride on Caries Progression in Demineralized Enamel," Dr. Monica Chmiel, UCSF School of Dentistry, San Francisco, California

The overall objective of this present study was to further explore the specific set of optimal laser conditions that may be used clinically for the prevention and potential reversal of carious lesions. Dr. Chmiel completed her dental training at Columbia University in 2004. She then attended the University of California, San Francisco to complete her orthodontic residency and Master's of Orocraniofacial Sciences in June 2007. Dr. Chmiel can be reached at Monica Chimel.

"Optimal Laser Energy for Adhesion of Glass Ionomer Cement," Dr. Piyanart Ekworapoj, School of Dental Science at Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Besides laser characteristic (wavelength specificity), various parameters used to control laser energy may affect the nature of the tooth surface, in particular wettability and adaptability to restorative dental materials. The purpose of this study was to assess the optimal laser energy of Er,Cr:YSGG laser required to achieve the maximum bond strength of glass ionomer cement to dentin. Dr. Ekworapoj is a PhD student, in the School of Dental Science at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom and can be reached via email at Piyanart Ekworapoj.

"Shear Bond Strength and SEM Study of Composite Material to Enamel and Dentin Prepared by Er,Cr. YSGG Laser, Application of Various Etching Time," Dr. Ali Obeidi, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Prosthodontics, Birmingham, Alabama

The purpose of this study was to evaluate if longer etching time can influence the bond strength of composite to enamel and dentin. Dr. Obeidi has earned his DDS degree in 2000 from Beheshti University in Tehran. He is currently studying as a post doctorate resident and working as an adjunct instructor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Obeidi can be reached via e-mail at Ali Obeidi.

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