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Why are Disposable Tips Different Sizes

Disposable tips laid out on white background from 200 microns to 400 microns

While disposable tips are super efficient, we have noticed some questions regarding the different sizes and their uses. The Precise SHP disposable tips are broken down according to the diameter of the optical fiber measured in microns; 200µm, 300µm, 400µm, and 600µm. The different sizes aid in doing particular procedures more precisely. Here’s the breakdown on what they should be used for.

200 microns

Given that this is the finest tip, it’s no surprise it’s best used for those incredibly precise and dainty procedures. One way the 200µm can be particularly useful is with getting into the pulp chamber for pulpotomies. If you use the 200µm when cutting tissue, there might be some hemorrhaging. Hemostasis is possible, but you may need to sweep the laser fiber over the area in a sweeping motion for a couple seconds to achieve this.  

300 microns / 400 microns

We’re putting these two together because they are both known as the “workhorse tips”. The 300µm and 400µm are the most commonly used fiber size because they are effective for practically every procedure. The only differences are that the 300µm is able to do more precision work while the 400µm is able to clear away tissue a little faster given its wider swath. 400µm overall may be the most common fiber diameter given that most continuous fibers come exclusively in that size.

600 microns

The 600µm is less for precise work and more for covering larger areas and should not be used for cutting tissue. Typically this fiber tip is useful for getting coagulation over a large area quickly or a non-contact procedure where a large area of the mouth needs to be treated.

If you’re a first-time diode laser owner, we suggest starting out with the 300µm or 400µm given you can use them in a variety of procedures from frenectomies or gingivitis, to lesion removal. If you want some extra advice, feel free to contact us and one of our representatives can help you figure out what’s best for your practice.


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