Microscope Enhanced Dentistry

A microscope is an instrument used to see objects that are too small for the naked eye. When applied to dentistry, a microscope enables the dentist to see teeth with over 100 times more detail. By being able to see more detail, small cracks, fractures, and cavities can be detected and treated before they become a painful problem.

In 2010 Dr. Stephen Carmichael installed a Global Surgical Operating Microscope in his Hanwell Road dental clinic. He uses it for over 90% of dental procedures.

Advantages and Benefits of Dental Operating Microscopes¹

Increased Visualization

In addition to having up to multiple levels of magnification available at one’s fingertips, illumination is a critical component in increasing visualization. This allows for significantly improved visualization of even the most difficult to access areas of the oral cavity.

With enhanced visualization, the clinician’s ability to diagnose problems in the earlier stages of a disease process is possible. Treatments also can be performed with a greater level of precision, thereby reducing the occurrence of failures and the need for redos. Enhanced visualization can also allow for treatment to be provided more comfortably to the patient because of lighter, more refined hand movements which occur naturally when one is accustomed to operating in a well-illuminated magnified field.

Digital Documentation Capabilities

Digital documentation capabilities enable the clinician to efficiently capture and share with patients what is seen during an examination before, during, and after a procedure.

Improved Ergonomics

With dental microscopy, improved ergonomics is realized on many levels, the most obvious being improved posture. By operating in a more upright, comfortable posture, the operator is less likely to experience strain or fatigue of neck and back muscles and is, therefore, able to work comfortably for extended periods of time. This can enable the practitioner to provide more dentistry in fewer visits, making for very happy patients.

1. Donato Napoletano, DMD, Inside Dentistry, February 2010, Volume 6, Issue 2