Lasers for Hard and Soft Tissues

Registration & Fees

Registration Fee Before July 1: $695

Registration Fee After July 1: $795

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The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University 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 for credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints may be directed to the provider or to the ADA CERP at www. The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this activity for 12.0 ADA CERP continuing education credits. 1/01/18-12/31/21.

The formal continuing education programs of this program provider are accepted by AGD for Fellowship /Mastership credit. The current term of acceptance extends from 01/01/2018-12/31/2021.

Purpose & Objectives

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 TWELVE 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. The use of lasers for specific procedures found in everyday general practice will be highlighted.

At the conclusion of the course, the participant will be familiar with the various wavelengths used in dentistry today, their effects on oral tissues, and their uses for specific oral diseases and pathologies found in everyday practice. They will be able to incorporate this knowledge into a basis for determining which laser wavelength is most appropriate for their practice, and be able to incorporate hard and soft tissue laser dentistry into their practices rapidly.

Following completion of this course (up to 30 days following course completion), the participant will have the opportunity to take the online certification examination to become certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS). For more information about the ABLS, please visit:

Course Schedule

Friday, August 9, 2019 (Breaks at 10 am & 2:45 pm)
Location: Dental College of Georgia

7:45 a.m. Introduction and Overview to Course - Dr. Hammond

8:00 a.m. Clinical Indications for Laser Use – Dr. Robert Convissar
• Non-Surgical, Surgical and Regenerative Periodontal Therapy
• Surgical and Restorative Implantology
• Fixed and Removable Prosthetics
• Oral Medicine/Oral Surgery/Oral Pathology
• Pediatric Adolescent Operative Dentistry
• Endodontics
• Pedodontics/Orthodontics
• Esthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry
• Practice Management/Marketing

12:15 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m. Laser Use (continues)– Dr. Robert Convissar

5:00 p.m. Closing Day Remarks, Q & A

5:15 p.m. Adjourn

Saturday, August 10, 2019 (Break at 10 am)
Location: Dental College of Georgia, Simulation Lab, GC-3070
~Magnification loupes are recommended for the workshop portion~

8:00 a.m. Hands-on Laser Workshop – Dr. Convissar
Each participant will experience with the various wavelengths, performing surgical procedures (gingivectomy, biopsy, frenectomy, crown lengthening, initial periodontal pocket therapy) on in-vitro models (pig mandibles). 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.

Noon Closing Day, Q & A

12:15 p.m. Adjourn

 Course Faculty

Guest Faculty

Robert Convissar, DDS, BS, obtained his dental degree from New York University of College Dentistry in 1980. He is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry and is one of the few dentists in the world who has achieved Diplomate status from the American Board of Laser Surgery. He has over 30 years of experience with CO2, Diode, Erbium, and Nd.YAG wavelengths.

The author of over fifteen peer-reviewed papers on laser dentistry, he is honored to have served as contributing editor of 6 laser dentistry textbooks. His latest textbook “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 Sydney to Hong Kong to Beijing, and everywhere in between, Dr. Convissar has delivered over 300 Laser Dentistry Certification courses worldwide. Dr. Convissar practices restorative, cosmetic and laser dentistry in New York City and serves as Director of Laser Dentistry at New York Hospital Queens Medical Center.

Honors awarded to Dr. Convissar include Fellowships in the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, the International Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics, and the Academy of General Dentistry, as well as Mastership in the Academy of Laser Dentistry.

Augusta University Faculty

Barry D. Hammond, DMD, Course Director, earned his dental degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a general practice residency in Chapel Hill, N.C. He maintained a private practice for 15 years, emphasizing restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Hammond is an L.D. Pankey Institute alumnus and taight for several years with the Ross Nash Institute for Dental Learning in Charlotte, N.C. He joined the AU faculty in 2016 and is a Professor in the Department of General Dentistry and serves as the Director of Dental Continuing Education for the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University. Head of Biomaterials in the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University of North Carolina, School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. He has published extensively, and has lectured world-wide on the topics of restorative dentistry and materials science. He is a member of numerous local, national and international dental organizations and is past Chairman of the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Materials, Instruments, and Equipment. 2008 when he joined Frank Spear in Seattle as the president of Frank’s education company, The Seattle Institute. As a founding member of Spear Education, he relocated to Arizona in 2009 as Executive Vice-President for curriculum and clinical education. He maintains a limited private practice on the Spear campus, teaches in the Practice Solutions and Spear workshops, Spear Online, and in Spear Study Clubs


Dr. Robert Convissar is a consultant for Diamond Dental Supply

Dr. Barry Hammond and all other course planners report no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program/presentation.


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Comfort Zone

Although every effort is made to have a comfortable temperature in the meeting room, we realize everyone’s comfort zone is different. Please bring a jacket or light wrap in case the room is too cool for your comfort.

Special Needs

The Augusta University Division of Professional and Community Education complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special services, facilites or dietary considerations (vegetarian or otherwise) to support your participation in this continuing education program, contact the conference coordinator at 800-221-6437 or 706-721-3967.

Cancellation Policy

Augusta University is not responsible for any circumstance making it impossible to attend their continuing education courses due to acts of God, war, government regulations, disaster, strikes, civil disorder or curtailment of transportation facilities. If Augusta University cancels a continuing education activity you will be refunded your registration fee. Augusta University is not liable for any associated lodging, transportation or additional expenses.

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