Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry contains everything you need to know about the latest laser procedures across all areas of dentistry.
When the first dental laser came on the market in the late 1980s, there was great excitement in the world of dentistry. Unfortunately, the laser wavelength for that first device was chosen because it was available, not because it was the best one for the purpose desired. Laser dentistry has come a long way since then, with accumulation of an extensive science base on laser interactions with both soft and hard tissues.
In recent years, lasers have been developed for medicine and dentistry based on the best evidence to date, including the optimal conditions for these clinical applications. A whole new energy has emerged regarding the use of lasers in dentistry and much of it is captured in this second edition of Dr. Robert Convissar’s Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry. Dr. Convissar is one of the pioneers of the clinical use of lasers in dentistry, with almost 25 years of experience with carbon dioxide, neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminumgarnet (Nd:YAG), diode, and erbium wavelengths. He has presented more than 300 laser seminars on five continents. For this revised edition, he has brought together a team of authors whose knowledge base and skills are state of the art, for preparation of a treatise worth reading.
In these days of electronic communication and indeed electronic books, journals, media, music, and much more, it is hard to imagine that yet another textbook could be useful. On the contrary, this is a great read for anyone who wants a comprehensive review of the world of lasers and their use in dentistry. The attentive reader will gain an understanding of how lasers work, how they interact with the tissues, and thus how best to apply this knowledge in clinical practice.
I started my research into the possibilities of using lasers in dentistry in 1980, well before there was even much use of these devices for surgery and treatments in the rest of the human body. Things were very primitive at that time, with much unknown. My team has worked for more than 30 years on laser interactions with hard tissues. Together with other groups across the world, we were able to contribute to an in-depth understanding of how to use lasers for teeth and bone applications. Only recently was all of this work brought together by a company to build and then market a new laser that takes advantage of this science and the clinical research that followed. This new technology has helped to set the stage for the next big move forward in the everyday adoption of lasers in dental practice.
Other big steps forward have been achieved in recent years, as detailed in the following pages. There is definitely more to come in the future, as a dream of more than 25 years ago for some of us is realized.