The magnifying video scope
Microscopes have played a vital role in modern dentistry since the early 1980s. They were originally used as a means of increased precision in certain types of microsurgery.
Today magnification technology can have several benefits for both you and your patients.
Improved patient outcomes
A number of procedures benefit from the use of magnification. Increased magnification of the surgical field will improve the operator’s vision significantly, leading to better results. Some magnifying video scopes include an LED light that replaces the standard operatory light for more effective illumination of the surgical field.
Improved cooperation with your assistant
Using a magnifying video scope in conjunction with your dental assistant is a great way to share the same field of view. Allowing your assistant the same full view of the treatment area allows for better anticipation for what you might need. Your assistant will be able to see when you need lighting adjustments and be at the ready with the next instrument before you ask.
Improved patient communication
Explaining dental diagnosis and treatment options to your patients can be simplified with the use of magnification. Instead of asking patients to take your word for it, you can point out issues that are difficult to see with the naked eye.
A magnifying video scope makes recording dental images simple. At the touch or a button or press of a pedal, a digital image is preserved for future comparison or educational purposes.
A neutral and balanced posture
Modern magnifying video scopes allow the dentist to sit upright and avoid the unhealthy arched position generally required to lean over and see into a patient’s mouth. Working while seated with proper posture leads to reduced tension and stress in the lower back and neck muscles, which will leave you less fatigued and able to carry out longer procedures or work for longer periods of time.