Using magnification in dentistry with the aid of the microscope
The clinical microscope is a specially designed machine, with the dentist can easily and quickly operate while performing dental treatment. This machine allows him to see the teeth up to 25 times magnification, to locate important details for diagnosis and treatment and to perform dental work with great precision.
The clinical application of the microscope is a revolutionary innovation in modern dentistry. The microscope made its first appearance in medical specialties, such as Ophthalmology, ENT, micro- and neurosurgery etc.
Only in recent years has the microscope made its appearance in dentistry, in the hands of leading dentists in America and Europe.
The implementation of the clinical microscope in modern dentistry is a revolutionary innovation. The use of magnification tools in invasive medicine first appeared in specialties such as ophthalmology, otolaryngology, vascular surgery and neurosurgery.
The clinical microscope consists of a series of lenses and mirrors, which magnify the object under examination. It is connected to a precision camera, with which we take photos and videos while working, and to a screen to observe the magnified image.
The huge advantage of the dental microscope is that we may observe details on the teeth, which we could not perceive with the naked eye, which is of paramount importance when we perform dental treatment with precision.
Attention to detail is not about perfection. It’s about excellence, about constant improvement.
Diagnosis and dental treatment with the microscope.
A very common cause of tooth pain that remains undiagnosed is cracks. We also call it cracked tooth syndrome. Cracks are created under old fillings that grow during chewing and irritate the nerve. As a result, the condition worsens and the tooth has to undergo root canal treatment, or the crack can cause a fracture and the tooth will have to be extracted.
The microscope offers a better field of view during dental treatment. At the same time, it trains the dentist to perform his movements accurately and to offer the highest possible treatment quality.
This clinical microscope is operated fully automatically. Just by pressing the buttons the magnification of the image and the light intensity changes and the microscope’s head moves in millimeter precision.
Recent research has shown that a dental practitioner who is trained to work with the microscope moves his hands ten times more accurately than his colleagues who work without magnification, and his movements are much more targeted and precise.
Special features of the clinical microscope
The dental microscope is bound to operate under very adverse conditions, as it will have to serve the dentist while he is using other dental equipment. The microscope has to focus on a small area of two square centimeters and perform a series of specialized functions.
The dental microscope is capable of:
- focusing on the tooth we are treating from a long enough distance and remains perfectly stable. This requires a solid base and strong, stable arms and mechanisms.
- adjusting light intensity, magnification and focus electronically by pressing buttons. Let us not forget that we need our hands mainly for the practice of dentistry and not for the constant adjustment of the microscope. For this reason the manipulation is done electronically and not manually, as in laboratory microscopes.
- has a three-dimensional image so that we have the sense of depth of field
The microscope adjusts not only the intensity, but also the color of the light. As we know, many dental materials polymerize with light. The yellow light filter allows us to work with the resins for as long as we want, without the composite to set before we finish our work.
Did you know that the blue stars on the 50 Euro banknote hide a secret that only a microscope can reveal?
The clinical microscope in dentistry
The implementation of the microscope worldwide – and especially in Greece – was initiated by pioneers in the dental field. Still in the United States less than 1% of dentists use the clinical microscope.
We take great pleasure and pride because our practice is one of the few centers in the world where microscopic dentistry is applied in a wide range of specialties, such as cosmetic dentistry, endodontics (root canal treatments), diagnosis, microsurgical periodontal procedures and implantology.
Today we may be pioneers in this new, exciting field, but we feel that the microscope is the direction of the future and that one day the microscope should be a valuable aid to every dentist.
With the microscope we can see the smallest detail and treat with absolute accuracy even the most demanding cases.
Few dentists in Greece use the microscope and we are proud to be able to offer you this advanced technology!
“Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail”
Leonardo da Vinci, architect, artist, mathematician, scientist