Epic 10

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Published Date 09/12/2012
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EPIC 10

BIOLASE?s 940 nm diode laser maximizes peak power and versatility.

Unveiled at the 2012 California Dental Association Spring Scientific Session in Anaheim last May, the next generation of BIOLASE?s Total Diode Solution?the EPIC 10?is pending 510k clearance from the FDA. BIOLASE describes the EPIC 10 as offering cleaner cutting than other diode lasers, superior hemostasis, improved patient comfort, and greater versatility.

THE NEXT-GENERATION DIODE LASER HAS ARRIVED

EPIC 10 includes a robust set of features, including vivid touch-screen controls; three unique system modes for surgery, whitening and pain therapy; a powerful battery pack that allows a full day of use; a fully autoclavable delivery system using disposable laser tips, and ComfortPulse, the company?s exclusive innovation that delivers energy to the tissue in shorter, higher-power pulses to improve cutting, hemostasis, patient comfort, and healing.

ALL ABOUT THE PULSE

BIOLASE?s commitment to discovering biologic approaches to using light and laser energy for dentistry led to the innovation known as ComfortPulse. EPIC 10 introduces an even more refined version of ComfortPulse that can deliver high-power pulses of energy as short as 0.01 milliseconds?one 10-millionth of a second. While all diode lasers rely on heat to cut, many increase tissue excessively, causing patient discomfort, charring, necrosed soft tissue and other negative side effects, including prolonged healing.1

Minimizing these side effects of diode lasers has been a priority for BIOLASE?s research and development team. BIOLASE researchers discovered that delivering laser energy in an extremely short, higher-power pulse followed by a longer resting period would allow surrounding tissue to cool slightly before the next pulse was delivered, avoiding heat build-up. EPIC 10?s ComfortPulse mode allows for high-power laser pulses as short as 0.01 milliseconds?which is one 10-millionth of a second?of actual ?ON? time ? that alternate with longer ?OFF? intervals that allow tissue to cool between pulses. The result is faster cutting using pulsed energy, along with less charring, bleeding and patient discomfort.2

PACKED WITH BEST-IN-CLASS FEATURES

Some of the standout features of EPIC 10 include the use of BIOLASE?s proprietary 940 nm diode laser wavelength, a vivid, high-resolution touchscreen with an intelligent, easy-to-use menu that allows up to 20 procedure pre-sets to be stored to improve greater on-the-fly efficiency; a built-in battery pack that can deliver up to a full day of procedures ?unplugged?; and an interchangeable fiber delivery system that allows for use of BIOLASE?s full range of disposable laser fiber tips, which can dramatically simplify pre-treatment setup and post-treatment takedown.

SURGERY, WHITENING, PAIN THERAPY

Besides its comprehensive soft-tissue surgical indications, the EPIC 10 can be used for a range of productive laser periodontal procedures, 20-minute full-mouth whitening (with optional whitening handpiece and LaserWhite gel kit), and temporary pain relief (with the available Deep Tissue Handpiece). Temporary pain relief is one of the most exciting emerging fields of laser dentistry, and BIOLASE is the only manufacturer with U.S. FDA clearance for this ?game-changing? therapy, which includes relief of minor muscle and joint stiffness, temporary increase in blood circulation, and the temporary relaxation of muscle tissue?which are all proven to aid in relief of TMJ and other myofascial disorders.

VITAL STATS

The EPIC 10 is operated using a wireless foot pedal and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for portability. Additionally, frequent procedures (up to 20) can be preset, and a wide selection of single-use, bendable tip lengths and diameters provide a range of applications and access to all areas of the mouth.

*As of July 25, 2012 not for sale in USA pending FDA clearance. BIOLASE, EPIC, ComfortPulse, Deep Tissue Handpiece, and Total Diode Solution are trademarks of BIOLASE in the US and other countries. All rights reserved.

REFERENCES

1. D?Arcangelo C, Di Nardo Di Maio F, Prosperi GD, et al. A preliminary study of healing of diode laser versus scalpel incisions in rat oral tissue: a comparison of clinical, histological, and immunohistochemical results. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod. 2007;103(6):764?773.

2. Borchers R. Comparison of Diode Lasers in Soft-Tissue Surgery Using CW- and Superpulsed Mode: An In Vivo Study [masters thesis]. Aachen, Germany: RWTH Aachen University AALZ Aachen Dental Laser Institute; 2008.

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