The Microscope in Aesthetic Dentistry

 

At Papasotiriou dental practice we observe with the microscope details on the teeth, which are invisible to the naked eye. Thanks to the magnification and the tiny special instruments, we perform very conservative, minimally invasive dental work.

"In aesthetic dentistry every detail is important to us"
- Olga Papasotiriou,dentist

The advantages of dentistry with the aid of the microscope are that the result of each treatment is technically flawless, has excellent aesthetics and long life expectancy.

When we implement the microscope in cosmetic dentistry, the delicate interventions we make on the teeth have a spectacular effect on the aesthetic outcome of the treatment.

Only a few dentists use the microscope in Greece.

We are proud to be in the position to offer you this advanced technology.

Micro-fillings with the dental microscope

The microscope helps us to observe the details, to distinguish even the slightest suspicion of caries, to carefully remove the last infected part of the tooth. Working with magnification allows us to distinguish exactly the border between healthy and decayed dentin, hence we don’t need to grind a major part of healthy tooth structure unnecessarily.

With the microscope we can fill the smallest beginning of caries before it develops into a large cavity that will threaten the nerve or lead to a dangerous fracture of the tooth.

 

To achieve this we use special micro-instruments that touch the tooth to the minimum, without grinding even a millimeter of healthy tooth structure.

The microscope becomes necessary when the spot on the tooth that needs to be filled is completely hidden. We notice here, in the upper central area there is a large lesion internally under the gums.

Treating teeth with porcelain crowns using the microscope

Treating teeth with porcelain crowns using the microscope

The big secret of success for the new technology aesthetic, all-ceramic crowns is the precision with which the margins of the crown will fit on the prepared teeth.

This is very important for the health of the gums, as the margins of the crowns do not trap germs causing irritation and gingivitis.

Then the crown will be fabricated with great precision in order to have excellent fit on the tooth. How well the crowns fit at the gum line is shown by the color of the gums, which have a healthy pink color without any trace of irritation.

 

Even in cases where we combine all-ceramic crowns with composite resin veneers, the margins of the veneers and the all-ceramic crown adapt perfectly to the anatomy of the teeth.

The microscope is especially helpful when grinding the lower front teeth to restore them with all-ceramic crowns.

The lower front teeth are small in nature and need special attention to detail.

With the microscope the tooth is grinded with great care, since we check the whole contour of the margins that must be smooth. When we notice any irregularities in the shape of the prepared teeth, we can correct them on the spot.

Observing cemented crowns under the microscope, the fit of the crown on the tooth is precise and there are no open margins.

 

Covering black margins of metal-ceramic crowns with micro-veneers.

Well-polished composite resins have a longer lifespan because they are not easily stained by drinks and food, but also because brushing the teeth in the sensitive area closed to the gums is easy and unobstructed.

The microscope is especially useful when cementing porcelain crowns with resin cement, which is insoluble to water. Excess glue that is exactly the same color as the crown is very difficult to distinguish and much more difficult to remove without scratching the glaze of the porcelain crown or injuring the gum.

With the microscope we can see exactly where the cement excesses are, and we can remove them very quickly and carefully without irritating the gums.

At the end of the aesthetic dental treatment, the crowns  have a completely natural appearance and do not stand out from the natural teeth.

“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right”

– Steve Jobs, founder of Apple

Microscope and internal bleaching

Most teeth with root canals change color (discolor) and darken. The worst thing is that not even an all-ceramic crown can correct this problem, because the root turns black and the gum that covers it turns gray instead of having the natural pale-pink color.

After the root whitens, the gum regains its natural pink color in the cervical region. In the end, when the porcelain crowns are cemented, there is no evidence that these teeth are endodontically treated!

How does internal bleaching work through the microscope?

With the microscope we work on the tooth as if we were working through a keyhole. From a small hole we clean the inside of the dark part of the tooth and we remove to some depth the obturation material that has an intense orange or pink color.

We insulate the tooth with a special internal micro-seal, which does not allow the whitening material to proceed to the depth of the root.

We apply the whitening material on all surfaces of the tooth, then activate it with UVA light

When the color changes, which means that the material is no longer active, we repeat the process until the tooth whitens.

At the end of the whitening, the teeth that had the discoloration acquire the white color of the natural teeth.

Mary M.
" It was an incredible experience, when the doctor was making my aesthetic veneers with the microscope and I was able to see her every move in a large magnification on the monitor. It' s impressive how precise the human hand can be..."

Nowadays, the dental microscope has found application in both restorative and aesthetic dentistry. It enables us to practice modern techniques with even greater precision.

Thanks to the microscope you too can get a flawless, bright smile!

Attention to detail is of utmost importance when you want to look good. – Carolina Herrera, designer