robert convissar dental speaker on laser dentistry
bob convissar dental speaker

New York, NY

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  • Clinical
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Virtual Presentations

Robert A. Convissar, DDS, FAGD

The excitement, hype and benefits of laser dentistry have been shaped, stretched, exaggerated and often poorly conveyed by the dental laser industry in an attempt to promote a truly revolutionary tool in your practice’s armamentarium. Lasers have an important role to play in general dentistry, but you need to learn from an independent voice.

Dr. Bob Convissar has been a pioneer in laser dentistry. He was one of the very first dentists to incorporate lasers into general practice and has written numerous text books and peer reviewed papers on the subject. He’s seen and heard it all and works diligently to convey his knowledge while dispelling the myths from the true benefits. When it comes to training and certification, Dr. Convissar recognizes that knowledge and proper training will build the confidence required to allow you and your staff to incorporate lasers effectively into your practice and use them to their fullest capacity.

As many as 5% of all babies born in the United States have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. This condition can cause a plethora of problems for both babies (difficulty transferring milk, lack of growth) and their mothers (sore or cracked nipples, mastitis and low milk supply). Babies with tongue-ties can be erroneously labeled as “lazy nursers,” “stubborn feeders” or as “failures to thrive. “In this course, attendees will receive an overview of tongue- tie assessment and treatment. A separate hands-on workshop is available.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss infant sucking physiology and how tongue-tie impairs infant suck
  • Use evidence-based diagnostic criteria to screen babies for this condition
  • Understand the consequences/benefits of using lasers to destroy tongue-ties

Suggested Format: Lecture — Up to 8 hours
Suggested Audience: Dentist

Neonatal-Pediatric Tongue and Lip Ties: Hands-On Workshop

In this HANDS-ON WORKSHOP, participants will perform frenectomies on in-vitro-models, learning the skills and techniques necessary to perform these procedures on infants. A discussion of laser physics and laser tissue interaction will be part of the presentation. The full day lecture is a prerequisite for this workshop.

Learning Objectives

  • Use the knowledge from this course to perform tongue ties
  • Understand what other health professionals may need to be consulted
  • Know how to interact with physicians, lactation consultants and others

Suggested Format: Hands-on Workshop — Up to 4 hours
Suggested Audience: Dentist

Robert a. Convissar, fellow, Academy of General Dentistry; Master Academy of Laser Dentistry; Fellow, American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery – Director of Laser Dentistry, New York Presbyterian Hospital of Queens (Role: Lead Presenter)

Martin Kaplan, Adjunct instructor, Tufts Univeristy School of Dental Medicine – Director of Dentistry, American Board of Laser Surgery (Role: Speaker)


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared TWELVE different wavelengths for dental use. These wavelengths create a world of difference in how lasers operate, and their usefulness in dentistry. Specific procedures found in everyday practice will be highlighted, including:

  • Non-Surgical, Surgical and Regenerative Periodontal Therapy
  • Surgical and Restorative Implantology
  • Fixed and Removable Prosthetics
  • Oral Medicine/Oral Surgery/Oral Pathology
  • Pediatric and Adolescent Operative Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Pedodontics/Orthodontics
  • Esthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Practice Management/Marketing

The workshop includes hands-on experience with lasers, performing procedures on 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Be familiar with the various wavelengths used in dentistry today
  • Understand the effects of lasers on oral tissue
  • Be able to incorporate this knowledge into a basis for determining which laser wavelength is most appropriate for their practice
  • Be able to incorporate hard and soft tissue laser dentistry into their practices first thing tomorrow morning

Suggested Format: Lecture and Hands-on Workshop — Up to 2 days
Suggested Audience: Dentist

Soft and hard tissue regeneration has always been an ideal, yet elusive goal when treating periodontal and peri-implant disease. This course will provide the attendee with a 12 step program to achieve laser-assisted periodontal tissue regeneration. This technique is also applicable to peri-implantitis treatment. Though lasers have been used in dentistry for over 25 years, and many laser companies have made many claims about regeneration of tissue, these techniques will be proven to work via case reviews and supported by a critical review of the peer-reviewed literature.

Learning Objectives

Regenerate cementum, bone and fibroblast-mediated soft tissue during periodontal surgery

Regenerate bone and fibroblast-mediated soft tissue during peri-implantitis treatment

Discuss the peer-reviewed literature that validates both of these techniques

Suggested Format: Hands-on Workshop — Up to 4 hours
Suggested Audience: Dentist

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.

  • Academy of General Dentistry Annual Session (multiple)
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Alabama
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Anaheim
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Arizona
  • Academy of General Dentistry, California (multiple)
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Colorado
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Ft. Worth
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Georgia
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Houston
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Illinois
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Kansas
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Louisiana
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Missouri
  • Academy of General Dentistry, New Mexico
  • Academy of General Dentistry, New York
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Northern California
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Ohio
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Oklahoma
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Ontario, Canada
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Region 5
  • Academy of General Dentistry, San Diego
  • Academy of General Dentistry, San Jose
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Utah
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Virginia
  • Academy of General Dentistry, Washington State
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry Annual Meeting (multiple)
  • Alaska Dental Association
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine Postgraduate Dental Continuing Education Department
  • All Dent Learning Center (multiple)
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry Annual Meeting
  • American Dental Association Annual Session (multiple)
  • American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery Annual Meeting
  • Asia/Pacific Dental Congress
  • Boston University Division of Continuing
  • Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth
  • British Columbia Academy of General Dentistry
  • Bronx County Dental Society,
  • Calgary Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Caribbean American Regional Dental Association Annual Meeting
  • Chicago Midwinter Meeting
  • Creighton University College of Dentistry
  • Deka Annual Meeting, Florida (multiple)
  • Dentistry Live London, England
  • District of Columbia Dental Society Annual Meeting
  • East Coast Laser Symposium
  • European Society of Esthetic Dentistry, Limassol, Cyprus
  • European Society of Oral Laser Applications, Barcelona
  • First District Dental Society (multiple)
  • Florida National Dental Congress
  • Fort Worth Academy of General Dentistry
  • Georgia Regents University College of Dentistry, Augusta
  • Great Lakes Study Club
  • Greater Long Island Dental Meeting
  • Greater NY Dental Meeting, NYC (multiple)
  • Greater St. Louis Dental Society
  • Hawaii Dental Association
  • Hinman Dental Meeting
  • Illinois Academy of General Dentistry
  • Implantium Conference, Bristol, England
  • Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • Institute for Laser Dentistry
  • Instituto de Tecnologia Avanzada, Monterrey, Mexico (multiple)
  • Japanese Society of Laser Dentistry Annual Meeting
  • LaserFlorence Conference, Florence, Italy (multiple)
  • Louisiana State University College of Dentistry/Louisiana Academy of General Dentistry Massachusetts Academy of General Dentistry
  • Meeting of the Association for Dental Sciences of the Republic of China, Taiwan
  • Mexican Academy of Laser Dentistry, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Milwaukee Chapter of Seattle Study Club
  • Mobile Area Dental Society
  • Nation’s Capital Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • Nevada Dental Association (multiple)
  • New England Dental
  • New Hampshire Dental Association
  • New Jersey Health Professionals Development Institute (multiple)
  • New York County Dental Society (multiple)
  • New York University College of Dentistry
  • Ninth District Dental Society, New York
  • Northern Nevada Dental Association
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Dentistry (multiple)
  • NY County Dental Society
  • Ontario Academy of General Dentistry
  • Ontario Dental Association Meeting (multiple)
  • Oregon Dental Association Annual Meeting
  • Overlook Hospital, Summit N.J.
  • Pacific Northwest Dental Congress
  • Qatar Dental Meeting Doha, Qater
  • Quebec Dental Society
  • Quintessence International Dental Symposium, Sydney, Australia
  • Rocky Mountain Dental Congress (multiple)
  • Seattle Study Club Ft. Wayne Indiana
  • Seattle Study Club, Pittsburgh, PA (multiple)
  • Seattle Study Club, Houston, Texas
  • Second District Dental Society
  • SIDEX Exhibition (South Korea International Dental Exhibition),
  • Sofia Dental Association Meeting, Sofia Bulgaria
  • Star of the North Dental Meeting
  • Star of the South Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • State University of New York
  • Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry
  • Tufts University College of Dental Medicine (multiple)
  • University of Missouri at Kansas City College of Dentistry
  • University of Nevada College of Dentistry
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • University of Tennessee College of Dentistry
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (multiple)
  • University of the Pacific College of Dentistry
  • Virgin Islands Dental Association, St. Thomas
  • West Middlesex Hospital Post Graduate Center
  • World Federation of Laser Dentistry Meeting
  • Yankee Dental Meeting (multiple)
  • Ye Dental Hospital, Seoul, Korea
“Dr. Convissar is a serious teacher with a passion for education.”

—Dr. Michael Cohen, Founder; Seattle Study Club

“The AGD considers you a great asset and an outstanding professional.”

—Paula Jones, Past President; Academy of General Dentistry and AGD Foundation

“I’ve probably attended close to 20 laser programs over the years. I learned more practical stuff from your program than from all the others combined.”

—Sy Wachtenheim, Director; Academy of General Dentistry, Region 8

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Why choose Dr. Convissar?
  • Dr. Convissar has lectured at virtually every large dental meeting multiple times and six years in a row for ADA. He has circumnavigated the globe three times as a lecturer.
  • He is the only laser lecturer to have been named one of the Top 100 Leaders in C.E. by Dentistry Today TWELVE times in a row (2005 – 2016)
    Dr. Convissar is one of the only dentists in the 60 year history of the Dental Clinics of North America series of textbooks to have been asked to edit/author the same topic (laser dentistry) twice – October 2000 and October 2004.
  • Besides the two DCNA textbooks, Quintessence published his third textbook – Atlas of Laser Applications in Dentistry – in January 2007 (Translated into Greek as well).
  • His fourth textbook on laser dentistry (Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry) was published by W.B. Saunders/Mosby/Elsevier in June 2010 (translated into Spanish and Portuguese…with a Mandarin edition underway). It is currently the # 1 selling laser dentistry textbook in the world. A second edition was published in April 2015, and is selling faster than the first edition. It has been the # 1 selling book on laser dentistry 7 years running.
  • His FIFTH book – Handbook of Infant Tongue Ties and Lip Tie Laser Frenectomies was recently published.
  • He has written over a dozen peer-reviewed publications on laser dentistry.





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Author: Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry June 2010 published by W.B. Saunders/Mosby/Elsevier

Author: Atlas of Laser Applications in Dentistry – January, 2007 published by Quintessence Publications

Guest Editor: Textbook of Lasers in Clinical Dentistry – October, 2004 published by W.B. Saunders

“Lasers in General Dentistry” – chapter in the textbook Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America, May, 2004

Guest Editor, Dental Clinics of North America – Lasers and Light Amplification in Dentistry – October, 2000 published by W.B. Saunders


“Top Ten Myths About CO2 Lasers: Dentistry Today Volume 28 Number 4, April 2009. Eligible for 2 hours of Continuing Education Credit

“A Rationale For The Use Of Er.YAG Lasers In Endodontic Therapy” Proc. SPIE Vol 5 No. 28, November 2003

“An Overview of Lasers in Dentistry” General Dentistry Volume 51 Number 5, September, 2003

“Laser Palliation of Oral Manifestations of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection”, Journal of the American Dental Association Volume 33 May, 2002

“Caries Detection for the 21st Century” Dentistry Today Volume 20 No. 8, August 2001

“A Combined Erbium/Carbon Dioxide Laser for Soft and Hard Tissue Procedures” – Dentistry Today, January, 2001

“Soft Tissue Biopsy Techniques for the General Practitioner” Parts I and II- September and October 2000 in Dentistry Today – both peer-reviewed papers eligible for 1 hour of C.E. Credit through Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery

“Lasers and biopsy artefacts” (letter) Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Radiology and Endodontics November 1997 Volume 84 number 5 page 458

“Aphthous ulcers and lasers “(letter) Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology Radiology and Endodontics August 1996 Volume 82 Number 2 Page 18

“Laser Treatment of Orthodontically Induced Gingival Hyperplasia” General Dentistry January/February 1996 Volume 44 Number 1 Pages 47-51

“Laser Treatment As An Adjunct To Removable Prosthetic Care” General Dentistry July/August 1995 Volume 43 Number 4 Pages 336-341

“Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers: Etiology and Laser Ablation” General Dentistry November/December 1992 Volume 40 Number 6 Pages 512-515

“Reshaping A First Premolar With A Composite Resin To Replace A Missing Canine” General Dentistry July/August 1986 Volume 34 Number 4 Pages 301-302