Benefits of using a dental microscope
Dental microscopes play a fundamental role in the daily comings and goings of an experienced dental practitioner. It is widely regarded as one of the most important pieces of equipment in a dentist's room, as per the following reasons:
- Improved magnification: dental microscopes increase the field of vision and allow dentists to see very detailed images. As well as providing a larger field of vision, the microscope also increases the depth of the image. Dental microscopes enable dentists to see things that they would not be able to distinguish with the naked eye, which increases accuracy and optimises performance.
- Improved illumination: once the field of view is magnified, the image may become darker. However, microscopes have an in-built light, which improves the illumination of the image. Microscopes provide co-axial lighting, which eliminates shadows and makes it easier for dentists to see.
- Better ergonomics: dental microscopes enable dentists to work in a comfortable position and eliminate the need for dentists to bend over for long periods of time or adopt awkward positions. This helps to prevent back pain, a common problem among dental professionals.
- Better imaging: cameras can be attached to the microscope and this is as effective as an intra-oral camera.
Dental microscopes are also beneficial for patients, as the microscope enables the patient to see inside their mouth, giving them a better understanding of what is going on and enabling them to participate in the treatment process. The microscope may be particularly beneficial for patients who are a little anxious about having treatment, as the dentist can explain what is going to happen more clearly.
There is some concern that using a dental microscope can slow dentists down, but the majority of dentists agree that the dental microscope is a very useful and important tool.