Surgical Microscopes were introduced in 1967 by the Neurosurgeon Dr.Peter J. Jannetta, giving surgeons the enhanced vision they need to perform with superior precision. Technology is emerging very rapidly in all fields and Dentistry is no exception. About 15 years ago, clinical microscopes were introduced into Dentistry as an aid in Endodontics (root canal treatments). A microscope is the best tool to visualize dental anatomy not otherwise visible with the naked eye. Types of magnification include: loupes, photographs, intraoral cameras, digital radiographs, CBCT (Cone Beam Computerized Tomography Scan) and of course, microscopes.
What Are the Advantages of a Microscope?
The benefits of root canal and restorative procedures completed with a microscope include:
• Magnified Image
• Increased Precision
• Improved Illumination
• Improved Visualization
• Improved Ergonomics for the Dental Professional
• Proper documentation
Magnified Image – Microscopes provide 3x to 30x magnification with the ability to change views with a simple turn of a dial. Microscopes offer a deeper depth of field view and a wider field of view than traditional dental loupes.
Increased Precision –The increased magnification allows the Endodontist (specialist in root canal treatments) to access small, narrow canal opening without unnecessarily removing tooth structure. Debris that must be removed from the root canal before filling the root canal space is also more easily identified.
Improved Illumination – When magnification is used, the available light is spread out and the image appears darker. To compensate for this, an LED light is mounted directly on the microscope head and provides a bright, white light.
Improved Visualization – Endodontists can only treat what they can see. The microscope lens can be placed directly over the patient’s mouth without any additional discomfort.
Improved Ergonomics– The use of Dental Microscope offers both ergonomics (improved posture) for the dental professional and staff and the ability to perform incredibly precise work with the benefit of minimum preparations, more conservative restorations and the flawless artistry that comes from working under high magnification.
Improved Documentation- Microscopes usually are equipped with HD digital and video capture features. By merging magnification and live video streaming, patients can clearly see the condition of the tooth structure and follow the doctor’s procedure and all the information is kept under a digital file where the patients can be provided copies of.
At Prosthodontic Dentistry of South Florida in Coconut Grove, FL, we are able to provide top-edge technology that includes Microscope Enhanced Dentistry.
Call our office for an appointment with Dr. Sharp and/or Dr. Ravazzi for a consultation at (305) 857-0990. Or visit our website www.sharpdentistry.com for more information about our cutting edge technology.
Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry: http://microscopedentistry.com/meeting10/
American Dental Association: www.ada.org
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