Lasers for Hard and Soft Tissues: Hands-On Course

Sunday, March 8

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
155 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

This course is filled to capacity but we are accepting waitlist registrations.

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. 

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.   

Early Bird Tuition: $745 (for registrations received by February 7)
Regular Tuition: $795
Program: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm on Sunday
Check-in: 7:30 am
Location: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, 155 Fifth Street, SF 
Credits: This activity is designated for 14.5 units of continuing education credit.

Program is limited to 25 participants; includes lunch and coffee/tea service in the morning.


Robert A. Convissar, DDS, is one of the first dentists to incorporate lasers into general practice. He has 27 years of experience with CO2, Nd.YAG, Diode and Erbium wavelengths. He is the author or co-author of six textbooks on laser dentistry.  His textbook, Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry, is now in its 2nd edition and has been the number one selling laser textbook worldwide for seven years. He practices general, cosmetic and laser dentistry in New York City where he serves as the director of laser dentistry at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Queens.