Dental microscopes play a fundamental role in the daily comings and goings of an experienced dental practitioner. It is widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of equipment in a dentist's room, as per the following reasons:
Improved magnification: dental microscopes increase the field of vision and allow dentists to see very detailed images. As well as providing a larger field of vision, the microscope also increases the depth of the image. Dental microscopes enable dentists to see things that they would not be able to distinguish with the naked eye, which increases accuracy and optimises performance.
Improved illumination: once the field of view is magnified, the image may become darker. However, microscopes have an in-built light, which improves the illumination of the image. Microscopes provide co-axial lighting, which eliminates shadows and makes it easier for dentists to see.
Better ergonomics: dental microscopes enable dentists to work in a comfortable position and eliminate the need for dentists to bend over for long periods of time or adopt awkward positions. This helps to prevent back pain, a common problem among dental professionals.
Better imaging: cameras can be attached to the microscope and this is as effective as an intra-oral camera.
Dental microscopes are also beneficial for patients, as the microscope enables the patient to see inside their mouth, giving them a better understanding of what is going on and enabling them to participate in the treatment process. The microscope may be particularly beneficial for patients who are a little anxious about having treatment, as the dentist can explain what is going to happen more clearly
Q:How are dental microscopes used in endodontics?
A: Research has revealed that endodontists value dental microscopes as a very important tool. A study carried out in 2004 found that 68 percent of endodontists regularly use a dental microscope as part of the treatment process. Dental microscopes have the following benefits for endodontists:
- Improved lighting
- Makes it easier to detect additional canals
- Improves the accuracy of incisions and suturing
- Allows the specialist to reduce the size of the surgical site, which can speed up the healing process
- Facilitates the cleaning of the canals
- Facilitates the detection of abnormalities or root fractures
- Provides a better operating position, which helps to eliminate discomfort and back pain
- Locating calcified canals
- It is vital for dentists to be able to see during endodontic treatment, so the illumination and magnification produced by a microscope can prove invaluable.
The microscope may also be beneficial for patients because dentists can explain the treatment more clearly, which can help the patient feel more comfortable about the procedure.