The introduction of the dental operating microscope has revolutionized endodontic treatment. A microscope is the best tool to visualize dental anatomy not otherwise visible with the naked eye. Anything else is a compromise.
What Are the Advantages of a Dental Operating Microscope?
The benefits of root canal procedures completed with a microscope include:
• Magnified Image
• Increased Precision
• Improved Illumination
• Improved Visualization
Magnified Image –Microscopes provide 3x to 30x magnification with the ability to change views with a simple turn of a dial. Microscopes offer a deeper depth of field view and a wider field of view than traditional dental loupes.
Increased Precision –The increased magnification allows the endodontist to access small, narrow canal opening without unnecessarily removing tooth structure. Debris that must be removed from the root canal before filling the root canal space is also more easily identified.
Improved Illumination – When magnification is used, the available light is spread out and the image appears darker. To compensate for this, an LED light is mounted directly on the microscope head and provides a bright, white light.
Improved Visualization – Endodontists can only treat what they can see. The microscope lens can be placed directly over the patient’s mouth without any additional discomfort.
How Much Extra Does it Cost?
There is no additional cost to receive treatment using a dental operating microscope. Why accept treatment any other way?
Andrew Stubbs, DMD is a specialist member of the American Association of Endodontists. He is a graduate of Boston University and maintains an ecofriendly dental practice in Lone Tree, CO. Dr. Stubbs specializes in root canal treatment and provides sedation dental treatment for patients from all over the Denver area.