Dentistry has always been limited by the small field — the tooth — something that is further impeded by the mouth. This difficulty has made diagnosis and execution of treatment somewhat difficult. To be able to see the field of vision unimpeded has long been the dream of all dentists. With the advent of loupes, this difficulty seemed to be overcome, and the restricted vision of a dentist was improved. Dentists were now able to see things that previously were only guessed at.
The dentist could now make accurate assessments and diagnose more easily. It was now possible to see the fracture lines that could have been responsible for the patient’s discomfort. Loupes changed the perspective of dentistry.
The microscope opened up an entirely different work environment.
Dental microscope allows the dentist to detect dental problems when they are small, which in turn, lets the dentist diagnose more accurately, as well as advice and show the patients their options. This means that the small problems don’t escalate into problems that are difficult to treat, time-consuming, expensive, and invasive. This benefits both the dentist and the patient.
In practice dental specialists are finding the microscope most useful for:
- Locating hidden canals that have been obstructed by calcification and reduced in size.
- Removing materials such as old solid filling material.
- Removing canal obstructions.
- Preparing for access to avoid unnecessary destruction of tissue.
- Repairing perforations.
- Locating cracks and fractures that are invisible to the naked eye.
- Facilitating all aspects of endodontic surgery.
Dr. King’s office is one of the few microscope centered practices performing routine dental work. Patients are impressed with the technology, the level of care offered by micro-dentistry, and the ability to view conditions that previously could only be described by the dentist.