Magnification is incredibly beneficial in dentistry. Magnifying an image improves your dentist or dental professional’s visibility. This helps us to accurately diagnose any dental issue you may have and to provide the appropriate treatment. Since magnification being the current standard of dentistry, it may come as a surprise that only a minority of dentists use one.
The benefits of magnification in dentistry include:
Dental microscopes can magnify the oral cavity from 2.6 to 16 times and most dentists operate at about an 8 times magnification. On the other hand, those who use dental loupes can magnify the area from 2.5 to 4.5 times. Because of the heightened magnification that microscopes provide, dentists can more accurately prepare teeth. This means that treatment can be more conservative and that the dentist can be gentler on the adjacent teeth and the soft tissues. Magnification can enhance visibility in every aspect of dentistry.
Reduced Eye Strain
Because of the higher magnification lens, the distance from the operating field allows parallel vision instead of converging vision, like with dental loupes. This mean that there is less eye strain and fatigue for your dentist.
Documentation, Communication, & Education
Dental microscopes can be paired with a camera or a monitor so that your treatment can be documented and so that we can more easily educate you as to your dental needs and treatment options.
Many dentists enjoy using their microscopes because it makes them upright in their chair and improves their posture. This reduces strain on their neck and back.
Dental microscopes have built-in sources of light, such as halogen, LED, or xenon. This light greatly improves visibility in the oral cavity.
We invite you to contact Rocky Ridge Dental Associates, where Dr. Roy A. Smith, III and our team are thrilled to utilize a dental microscope. Schedule an appointment with us today at 205-979-8070.
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