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Course Description

ADVANCED LASER DENTISTRY: The Importance of Tissue Biotype in the Selection of Laser Parameters
with Dr. Robert Convissar
Course #45-12  -  October 5, 2012  -  at LSUSD, New Orleans
7 hrs clinical CDE (lecture & participation)     Fees: Doctors only - $595  -  Limited enrollment
An advanced course for laser users only. Participants must already own a laser to take part in this course

Determining how to use a laser is more than just looking in a manual to select the proper watts for the procedure. When performing laser dentistry, the dentist must know not only what the proper parameters are for a procedure, buy why those parameters are best. By understanding how the three parameters of energy, time, and spot size affect laser/tissue interaction, dentists will be able to make one instrument perform virtually any laser surgical procedure. The purpose of this course is to give the laser dentist the proper knowledge necessary to confidently manipulate energy, time and spot size in order to maximize treatment results. The course will also discuss selected topics in advanced laser treatment, including how to expand your practice with laser-assisted oral medicine and biopsy technique.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Why do I need to activate a diode tip? What about other wavelength tips?
  • If I choose to do so, what's the best way to activate the tip?      
  • Why do I have only one fiber tip diameter?
  • If I use disposable tips, how can I control my overhead?
  • How can I adjust the tissue chromophores to insure maximum absorption?
  • How do I change spot size if I only have one fiber diameter?

By the conclusion of this course, the attendee will understand:

  • The basic laser physics behind laser use
  • The concept of tissue chromophores and how they affect laser energy absorption
  • How to adjust spot size for maximum efficiency
  • Why tip activation may not be the best use of the laser
  • How to adjust laser settings for optimal treatment
  • How to perform a simple laser-assisted soft tissue biopsy
  • When to perform a biopsy -- and when to refer

Robert A. Convissar, DDS

A pioneer in lasers, Dr. Convissar has 21 years of experience with CO2, Diode, Nd.YAG, and Erbium wavelengths. He has written four textbooks and 16 peer-reviewed papers. Awards include fellowships in the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics, as well as a mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Convissar practices laser, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry in New York City, where he also serves as director of Laser Dentistry at New York Hospital Queens.





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