It cuts soft tissue quickly and smoothly with no snag or drag--like a CO2 laser but with greater control and tactile feedback. The Alta-ST provides a clear field of operation without bleeding or charring. It can perform procedures that are challenging for diodes such as operculectomy, frenectomy, and implant exposure with ease. It accomplishes gingival troughing in seconds without bleeding or pain, minimizes thermal damage, and preserves tissue. Easy to learn and safe to use, the Alta-ST replaces multiple technical parameters (e.g. Watts, Hertz, Pulse duration, etc.) with one parameter – temperature. Computer-controlled SureStep tip initiation consistently creates durable TOP® Tip initiation. Additionally, cutting speed is minimized as a variable through a novel Automatic Power Control (APC™) mode of operation.