Is BIGGER better in dentistry?
Have you ever looked at something really tiny like an ant, then looked at it again through a magnifying glass to see its detail?
Or have you ever used a magnifying glass or a microscope in a laboratory for observation?
If you have, then you may have discovered how the mystery of detail gets solved by just being able to see things BIGGER.
Therefore, however frivolous this question may seem, it has a simple answer in dentistry. The answer is a big YES!
Seeing things bigger with the use of magnification offers us dentists the supertool of addressing detail in our work by allowing us to visualise features otherwise not seen by the naked eye, and thus offering exceptional dental care.
The tools available for magnification in dentistry as in other medical fields like ophthalmology or neurosurgery are:
1. Dental Magnifying loupes (available in range of 2.5x to 6x magnification)
2. Dental Operating microscope (can magnify up to 18 times )
The Microscope is primarily used in the field of endodontics (root canal treatment) in dentistry.
Magnification achieved with either surgical loupes or dental microscopes not only enlarges the operating site, but also provides intense homogenous lighting.
While dental operating microscopes can provide staggering levels of magnification, many routine dental procedures can be performed well with high quality dental loupes.
Here are some of the Benefits Of Magnification:
A magnified view of the teeth
Brilliant illumination using optics
Better posture and improved comfort for the dentist and patient
Improved dental care
In spite of the significant cost of dental magnifying loupes, the relatively long learning curve associated with their use, initial frustrations during use, their occasional need for being replaced and their peculiar appearance to patients, magnifying loupes assist all types of clinical dentists in producing higher-quality dentistry.
Studies have shown that even with 2.5x eyeglass magnification, dental students make fewer errors in their tooth preparations. The improvements in diagnosis and operative treatment are well documented.
Increased visibility leads to increased accuracy, regardless of the clinician's age or physical attributes. It improves procedures like dental fillings, crown and veneer preparations, implant procedures and even better cleaning of teeth!
Seeing better also means decreasing operating time for the patient.
As shown below, a magnification of 2.5x shows a clear improvement in vision of the working site.
Considering that better visibility nurtures attention to detail and produces better quality product, the use of magnifying Loupes in dentistry helps both patients and dentists raise the bar in this ever evolving field.