BIOLASE Technology Inc. is the world’s leading dental laser company. The company today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its iLase diode laser and it will begin shipping the laser in April.

The iLase diode laser is the world’s first personal laser for dentists and hygienists for performing a full range of minimally invasive soft-tissue and hygiene procedures. The iLase is the first completely self-contained, hand-held dental laser that includes the laser, user interface, battery power and controls in a single, integrated hand-piece with no foot pedals or cords attached.

This laser is about the size of a large pen and has five watts of power. It is the only dental laser controlled by a patent-pending finger switch on the laser hand-piece, eliminating the need for a foot pedal. It also uses BIOLASE’s proprietary ComfortPulse control that lets clinicians adjust the laser for maximum patient comfort and cutting speed. The iLase offers 10 per-set soft tissue and hygiene procedures at the push of a button. It can also perform a comprehensive set of 25 FDA-cleared soft tissue and hygiene procedures.

The company also offers other dental laser products. Another diode laser – the ‘ezlase’ – goes beyond the basic iLase with 20-minute teeth whitening and FDA-cleared pain relief functions. Beyond all diode lasers, the Waterlase MD Turbo is the very best soft tissue laser with a virtually painless “cold cut” water-based wavelength. In addition, the Waterlase provides the substantial benefits of virtually painless procedures on teeth and bone, periodontal procedures and more.