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Advantages for Patient’s Under the Dental Microscope

  • Starting simply, the magnification a dentist receives with the patient under the microscope allows for only the highest quality of oral exams.
  • This elevated level of awareness at the diagnostic level directly leads to increased efficiency at the treatment level.
  • What is the importance of microscopy to dentistry?
  • The Microscope provides 400 times more visual accuracy than the naked eye and 100 times the visual information than traditional dental loupes. Magnification improves accuracy of tooth preparations and margins preventing damage to adjacent teeth and connective tissue during all kinds of dental operations and surgery.

Benefits for General Practitioners

  • Provides refinement in tooth and margin preparation.
  • Allows for closer inspection of restorations and marginal tissues.
  • Improved lighting and magnification aid in caries detection and removal.
  • Improves detection and evaluation of coronal and root fractures and abnormalities.

Do dentists use microscopes?

  • Clinical Relevance: The operating microscope enhances the dental surgeon’s vision so improving treatment outcomes not only in specialist fields, such as endodontics, but also in many of the disciplines which general dental practice encompasses.
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5 Reasons Why Dentists Should Be Using a Microscope

Dental microscopes should be a standard in dentistry. This specialized method and training sets apart Dr. Chung’s Dental Office from other dental practices with his patients and provides meticulous precision and comfort for our patients. Magnification has revolutionized dentistry. Magnifying an image 2–4.5x with standard loupes is clearly an asset, improving the operators visibility and thereby the ability to diagnose and provide treatment.

With magnification being the current standard of care in dentistry, why is it that the percentage of dentists using a microscope is still a minority? This article will discuss five advantages of implementing the use of a microscope in your practice.

1. Improved magnification: Remember when you first started using loupes and then could never practice without them because you knew what you weren’t seeing? That same feeling holds true when you go from using loupes to a microscope; wearing your loupes isn’t the same because you now know what you are missing. Dental microscopes provide a range of magnification from 2.6-16x with the average microscope dentist operating at an 8x magnification (compared to 2.5-4.5x magnification for most loupe users). This enhanced magnification can improve accuracy of tooth preparations and margins, allow for more conservative treatment, and can be kinder and gentler to adjacent teeth/restorations as well as the supporting soft tissues. Ultimately, higher magnification provides enhanced visibility in all aspects of dentistry from diagnosing to prepping, seating and finishing restorations.

2. Improves ergonomics: Ergonomics is one of the biggest reasons why dentists choose to use a scope. It forces you to sit upright in your chair with improved posture. This fact alone can add years to your career as a dentist by reducing strain on your neck and back. Essentially, with correct positioning and posture, your body will feel better at the end of the day.

3. Reduced eye fatigue/strain: The technology of loupes utilizes what is called “converging vision” due to the short working distance. This can cause eye fatigue and strain. The dental microscope functions differently. The higher magnification lens and distance from the operating field allows parallel vision of the working field, thereby reducing the strain and fatigue on the eyes.

4. Improved lighting: The built-in light sources on the microscopes today are halogen, xenon or LED. They allow amazing visibility and admission of light to areas in the mouth that are otherwise difficult to see, let alone access. Examples of this are common: deep interproxial decay on the mesial of 2nd molars, looking down into a post space, finishing a composite restoration. The flood of light provided by a scope is a huge benefit in providing visibility to your working field without the hassle of cables or battery packs

5. Documentation, education and communication: When paired with a monitor and/or camera, the microscope becomes an excellent way to document treatment as well as communicate with patients or other dentists.