Dr. Joachim Hoffmann hurries across the hallway and disappears into one of the rooms. The wooden floorboards creak and crack, showing their age. You might have expected a fancy chaise longue, plush pillows and expensive Meissen china – instead, the large surgical microscope that Joachim Hoffmann uses almost every day is hanging from the ceiling next to the dental chair.
Joachim Hoffmann has been working with this instrument since 1999, and it has rendered him tremendous services. Joachim Hoffmann explains: "As you can see, the floors vibrate in an old building like this with wooden beams and floorboards – but obviously there can't be any wobbling whenever a nurse walks through the room and I'm looking through the eyepiece."
However, it was not the advanced, spring-mounted mechanical system but rather the optics which 15 years ago convinced the dentist to adopt a surgical microscope as a tool. What led him to this decision? We decided to ask Joachim Hoffmann.