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Lasers for Hard and Soft Tissues: Hands-On Course

Lasers in dentistry

November 08, 2013 - November 09, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, San Francisco

Event Category: Continuing Education

Has the hoopla 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 more than 10 different wavelengths for dental use. These wavelengths create a world of difference in how the lasers operate and their usefulness in the oral cavity. The use of lasers for specific procedures found in everyday general practice will be highlighted. The first day will detail laser use in the following subject matters:  non-surgical, surgical and regenerative periodontal therapy; surgical and restorative implantology; fixed and removable prosthetics; oral medicine, oral surgery and oral pathology; pediatric and adolescent operative dentistry; endodontics; pediatric dentistry and orthodontics; aesthetic dentistry; and practice management/marketing. The second day of the workshop will give each participant hands-on experience with the various wavelengths by performing surgical procedures on in-vitro models. Real time videos of routine laser procedures will be part of the in-depth discussion of specific instrument settings and techniques for laser surgical procedures. This course fulfills part of the requirements for a Standard Proficiency Certification from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. For more information on the certification process, please visit

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You Will Learn

  • The different laser wavelengths available on the market today
  • The effects of the different wavelengths on hard and soft tissues
  • Which wavelengths will be most appropriate for your practice
  • How to incorporate hard and soft tissue laser dentistry in your practice first thing Monday morning

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for dentists and dental hygienists. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their loupes. 

Tuition: $595 (limited to 25 participants; includes continental breakfast)
Deposit: $200 (non-refundable)  
Program:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm both days
Check-in: 8:30 am 
Credits: This activity is designated for 12 continuing education credits

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Robert A. Convissar, DDS, is one of the first dentists to incorporate lasers into general practice. He has 21 years of experience with CO2, Nd, YAG, Diode and Erbium wavelengths. He is the author or co-author of four textbooks on laser dentistry, including his latest textbook, Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry. He practices general dentistry in New York City where he serves as the director of laser dentistry at New York Hospital, Queens. 

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry wishes to acknowledge and thank DenMat and LightScalpel for their generous support of this program.

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP recognized provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry designates this activity for 12 continuing education credits.