A microlaser for the gadget-freak dentist

Pen-like device is billed as the first of its kind for soft-tissue incision.

Zap Lasers

We're not sure how comfortable we'd be with our dentist using equipment made by an outfit called Zap Lasers, but it's probably better than a pair of rusty pliars.

The "Styla" is a pen-like device that's billed as the first microlaser for making soft-tissue incisions. Measuring less than 7 inches long and weighing under 2 ounces, it can be used for such procedures as performing biopsies and removing tissue. It can sense whether the person using it is right-or left-handed and, for the novice, even has eight pre-programmed procedures, according to Gizmag. (Shudder.)

A word of caution: The Styla gets signals from a foot pedal that runs on a 2.4GHz frequency, so make sure your dentist or oral surgeon isn't a gadget freak who has a bunch of phones and other wireless devices that could interfere with the connection. Because the last thing you need is an unnecessary root canal caused by a wrong number.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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