Is your dentist getting old and finding it difficult to see in your mouth ?
Not really; magnification in dentistry was not developed with the aim to compensate for failing eyesight !
But it is starting to play a large part in cosmetic dentistry.
We have known for years that our hands work with a higher accuracy than our eyes can naturally see. Watchmakers and jewellers have been using Loupes (as they are known) to increase visual magnification to work on a smaller scales for many years. Dentistry is no different. We are having to work in small areas with high aesthetic expectations.
Magnification in dentistry takes two forms: the dental Loupes (magnification on eye glasses) and dental microscopes.
Loupes are relatively common and depart an average magnification of between 2.5x to 5x. they are used in almost all department within dentistry. It is becoming essential in cosmetic dentistry to use magnification. The improvement in work carried out by the clinician with loupes speaks for itself at first glance.
Microscopes are less common, range in the tens of thousands of pounds and an excellent adjust in carrying out treatment such as root canal treatment and direct anterior composite resin build ups.