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Kristen Mott is the associate editor for Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics.
A look at some of the newest and most advanced dental lasers available.
Lasers have been used in dentistry for more than two decades, and during that time they’ve become known as an effective treatment for a variety of procedures, including removing inflamed tissues, treating infections and whitening teeth.
Lasers allow dentists to perform detailed and precise procedures and, in some cases, they may cause less pain and minimize bleeding. Today, lasers are available in multiple wavelengths and many utilize built-in batteries, meaning clinicians can now be more mobile when it comes to providing treatment. Ongoing training and education allow dentists to offer better, more effective treatment.
As laser dentistry continues to evolve, clinicians now have more choices than ever when it comes to selecting a laser for their practice. Whether you’re interested in an all-tissue laser, a diode laser, a soft-tissue model or all of the above, the lasers in the next few pages offer a range of costs, sizes and capabilities.
Click through the slides to view some of the most advanced lasers on the market.
Picasso LITE PLUS
The Picasso LITE PLUS diode laser is said to offer a complete laser solution for dentists looking for power, control and flexibility when integrating laser technology into their practices. The laser can be used for a wide range of cases, including gingivectomies, troughing, frenectomies and apthous ulcers, and reportedly provides precision, predictability and a great patient experience. Additional features are said to include a wireless foot control, color touchscreen, built-in treatment timers, easy-to-use presets, customizable continuous/pulsed modes, and adjustable volume and aiming beam intensity.
Epic ProTM is reportedly the first premium diode laser, providing unmatched cutting speed, consistency, safety and precision. An automatic power control feature is designed to provide consistent and reliable cutting conditions and to adjust laser energy in real time. The Super Thermal Pulse is engineered to offer increased precision and safety, providing soft tissue ample time to relax between pulses. Other features include a built-in tip integrity indicator and exclusive tips that can last up to six minutes of continuous use, as well as a large display and standard and advanced modes for unlimited control and flexibility.
The Precise LTM diode laser system reportedly utilizes state-of-the-art diode laser technology to perform soft-tissue procedures in an unparalleled way. It is said to be the lowest cost per-use soft-tissue laser on the market, and it has some of the most predictable manipulation of oral soft tissue. The laser is designed to be used for gingival troughing, gingival contouring, gingivectomy, abscess care, frenum release and more. It includes four custom settings and is engineered to be easy to learn and simple to operate.
“I have not used a better laser since I have been practicing. I use it for frenectomies, crown preps, and implant uncoveries to name just a few. I love the retractable fiber and the cordless foot pedal. I will be buying more of these lasers in the future.”
-Dr Joshua Friedman, Ray Dental Group, Rapid City, South Dakota
Solea® is reportedly the first and only laser that can cut any tissue with a single setting. This approach is designed to work for tooth structure as well as bone and soft tissue, enabling dentists to deliver anesthesia-free, blood-free, suture-free and pain-free results. Equipped with innovative new features and benefits, Solea SW 3.1.1 software is engineered to provide dental professionals with unprecedented usability and patients with a more comfortable experience.
“I am constantly trying to be a better dentist, and part of that journey is discovering technologies that can move the needle in my practice. One look at Solea’s unique 9.3 micron wavelength that cuts both hard and soft tissue and I was sold. With Solea, performing anesthesia-free and blood-free procedures have significantly increased my production, and chair time is half of what it used to be.”
-Dr. Michael Kelly, Aesthetic Dentistry, Scottsdale, Arizona
Aquamarine is a diode laser that is engineered to allow dentists to work with high precision and efficiency. Its 445 nm wavelength is designed to let the laser cut quicker and require less power. The result is reportedly faster treatment with minimized bleeding and thermal damage and increased effectiveness. A built-in battery is said to provide a mobile treatment solution for more than one hour of uninterrupted use.
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The Fotona LightWalkerTM is said to offer endless versatility through two proven wavelengths: Nd:YAG and Er:YAG. These wavelengths reportedly offer unrivaled power and precise pulse control, resulting in high levels of efficacy for a wide spectrum of procedures. The system’s OPTOflex® articulated arm is engineered to deliver the system’s 20 watts of power.
The LightScalpel is a soft-tissue carbon dioxide laser that is reportedly the most efficient, ergonomic and affordable CO2 laser system currently on the American market. Its 10,600-nm wavelength is said to be the only practical wavelength that accurately cuts and efficiently coagulates soft tissue simultaneously. It is designed, manufactured and serviced in the U.S.
“As a pediatric dentist with 15 years of laser experience, including diode and erbium classes of lasers, I now exclusively use the LightScalpel CO2 laser for every infant soft tissue surgery. The adjustments for various tissue types and the exact precision of ablation are unparalleled. No other laser allows for this fine surgical control. I would never treat a patient with any other laser.”
-Martin A. Kaplan, DMD, DABLS, director of dental laser education and development at the American Board of Laser Surgery and founder of Kid Care Dental, PC in Stoughton, Massachusetts
The Pioneer Elite laser is said to feature proven technology that provides more convenience, easier operation, more flexibility and unmatched portability. The unique design features an ergonomic handle and a docking cradle. It comes standard with more than 30 preset clinical procedures installed along with the ability to easily create your own programs.
GeminiTM 810 + 980
Ultradent Products’ GeminiTM 810 + 980 soft tissue laser is said to be dentistry’s first dual-wavelength soft tissue diode laser with 20 watts of peak super-pulsed power and a fully transparent electroluminescent display. The unique dual wavelength technology combines the optimal melanin absorption of an 810 nanometer wavelength laser with the optimal water absorption of a 980 nanometer wavelength laser. No matter the procedure, the innovative Gemini laser reportedly makes it faster, smoother and more efficient.
Ultradent Products, Inc.
The Lumix 2-45W is a desktop laser that combines 45 watts peak power of superpulsed 910 nm infrared with 100 mW of 650 nm continuous wave red laser. The therapeutic laser is engineered to effectively reduce pain without the need for prescription painkillers and speed healing after a procedure, reducing complications and side effects.
“My practice is equally divided between prosthodontics and craniofacial pain disorders. I purchased my Lumix in 2007 and have found it very useful in both disciplines. The accelerated tissue healing response is phenomenal, especially notable following extractions and implant surgery. We have also had significant results using it in the treatment of inflammatory disorders, neuralgias, and tendon and ligament injuries, as well as myofascial pain."
-Joseph N. Tregaskes, DMD, Richmond, Virginia
USA Laser Biotech
Photon Plus 10 Watt
The Photon Plus 10 Watt is a next-generation dental diode laser with a 980 nm diode. The laser is said to be a high-quality product equipped with unique and unmatched features at a dramatically lower price point than other competitive products. The versatile and portable laser is engineered to be gentle and comfortable.
“I purchased a Zolar 10 Watt diode laser last year and wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. I have used almost every laser on the market including CO2, erbium and diodes of many brands. I particularly enjoy the wireless foot pedal that unclutters my operatory. The user interface is very intuitive and easy to use. This laser can easily be configured in terms of pulse and refractory times, which makes it kind to soft tissues of the mouth. I use this laser for oral soft tissue surgery such as frenectomies and also for vital pulpotomies. This laser has become invaluable in preserving primary teeth through vital pulptomy.
-Robert T. Wade, MS, DDS, Urbandale, Iowa
Zolar Technology and Mfg. Co.
The PerioLase MVP-7, an optimized free-running Nd:YAG laser, is designed specifically to perform the high ROI LANAP® and LAPIPTM periodontitis and peri-implantitis treatment protocols, as well as a range of Value Added Procedures (VAPsTM) laser applications. The bone building LANAP® protocol with the PerioLase® MVP-7TM reportedly has the power to reverse gum disease with a simple, sutureless procedure preferred by patients. Five days of live-patient training and a 6-month money-back, clinical results guarantee are said to be included in the package.
Millennium Dental Technologies