Operating microscopes in dentistry: Minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy

22 April 2024 · 15 min read
Manuele Mancini
Author Manuele Mancini, DDS, PhD Rome, Italy

Operating microscopes in dentistry: Minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy

Improving vision using magnification tools seems to improve both the diagnostics and the execution of a procedure. Furthermore, in addition to improving vision, working under magnification also increases the operator's neuro-muscular control.1,2 The rationale for the need for magnification in dentistry now seems well understood by dentists. Not only can magnification potentially improve ergonomics and diagnostics, it also provides the operator with an improved view, allowing them to use smaller instruments and much less invasive procedures. This translates into less morbidity and greater patient comfort. Magnification even makes it possible to consider some treatment options that would otherwise not be possible. While loupes are still the magnification tools used most frequently by dentists, the many benefits of much more powerful and versatile microscopes are well worth the time and energy it takes to master the new technique involved.

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    51 Leknius C, Geissberger M. The effect of magnification on the performance of fixed prosthodontic procedures. J Calif Dent Assoc 1995; 23: 66–70

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    Strassler H E. Magnification systems improve quality and posture. J Esthet Dent 1990; 2: 183–184