The iLase can be controlled by a patent-pending finger switch on the laser handpiece, which eliminates the need for a foot control pedal. It also uses Biolase’s ComfortPulse control that lets clinicians adjust the laser for maximum patient comfort and cutting speed. Biolase said that the clearance of the iLase by the FDA is pending.

The iLase has 10 completely pre-set soft tissue and hygiene procedures at the simple push of a button, including gingivectomy, troughing for crown procedures and sulcular debridement, and a procedure for cleaning between gums and teeth for the treatment of periodontal disease.

The iLase and the ezlase both share a comprehensive set of 25 FDA-cleared soft tissue and hygiene procedures. For a full diode solution, the ezlase goes beyond the basic iLase with 20-minute teeth whitening and FDA-cleared pain relief functions.

David Mulder, chief executive officer of Biolase, said: “iLase represents a new category for both Biolase and for the industry. A self-contained laser tool is something our customers have asked for and we are pleased to be the first to deliver it. No other dental laser company devotes anywhere near the resources we do to clinical R&D and engineering. We are looking forward to rolling out iLase with Henry Schein and our other global distribution partners, as soon as it receives regulatory clearance.”

David Eshom, a general cosmetic dentist based in San Diego, said: “The iLase is like no other instrument I have ever used. It looks great and works wonderfully. You don’t have to look for a foot pedal as you are trying to reach different parts of the mouth. You just point and shoot.”