The ABCs of Laser Dentistry:

Has the excitement surrounding the introduction of lasers to dentistry been more smoke than substance? Since 1990, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of a dozen different wavelengths for dental use. These different wavelengths create a world of difference in how the lasers operate, and their usefulness in the oral cavity. This lecture will teach both experienced laser users and non-users alike the basics of laser dentistry.

Among the topics to be discussed include:
The best initiation technique for diode lasers (hint: not articulating paper or cork)

How to significantly increase the speed of your operative dentistry when using an Erbium laser (think chromophore)

Why the lowest-price laser is probably the most expensive laser to use (think operating cost, not purchase price)

By the conclusion of this lecture, attendees will:
• Understand why tissue chromophore content is the most important determinant of a successful laser procedure
• Know how to adjust laser parameters for optimum laser-tissue interaction
• Be able to take their laser dentistry procedures to the next level

  • CE Credit: 3
  • Audience:
Robert A. Convissar

Robert A. Convissar, DDS, FAGD

Dr. Robert Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists to use lasers in general practice, he has over 29 years of experience with CO2, Diode, Erbium, and Nd.YAG lasers. The author of over fifteen peer-reviewed papers on lasers, he has served as contributing editor of 6 laser dentistry textbooks. His last textbook, now in its second edition “Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry” is the number one selling laser dentistry textbook in the world. An internationally acclaimed lecturer from New York to London to Rome to Beijing, and everywhere in between, Dr. Convissar has delivered over 300 Laser Dentistry Certification courses worldwide. Dr. Convissar practices restorative and laser dentistry in New York City and serves as Director of Laser Dentistry at New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens. Honors awarded Dr. Convissar include Fellowship in the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry, and Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Diamond Dental Supply