Magnification in Dentistry, A useful tool ?

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    In spite of their significant cost, the relatively long learning curve associated with their use, frustrations during use, their occasional need for being replaced and their peculiar appearance to patients, magnifying loupes assist all types of clinical dentists in producing higher-quality dentistry.

    Most important things to look for in a loupe system (in order of importance):

    1. Resolution
    2. Field Width
    3. Field Depth
    4. Magnification

    Read full JADA article Here ., ., http://jada.ada.org/cgi/reprint/134/12/1647.pdf

  • #13590

    Mangnification loupes play a important role in preventing musculoskeletal disorders commonly seen in long term dental practice by preventing abnormal bending of the operator and there by maintaining the normal posture.

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    Dental Magnification Loupes, Intraoral Cameras, Microscopes, Etc.

    Among the most important investments a dentist should make are in the area of vision:
    1. Improved vision for the dentist, including loupes, dental microscopes, intraoral cameras, digital cameras, and digital X-rays, and

    2. Improved vision for the patient, which can be achieved with intraoral cameras, television monitors, digital cameras, digital X-rays, imaging software that displays these images.

    When dentists use intraoral photographs to explain their diagnostic findings, patient understanding improves dramatically. The same investment that will improve your ability to diagnose a case can give your patient the ability to see the same thing you see.

    Moving to other diagnostic aids, magnifying loupes are an undeniable asset for the dentist in diagnosing and treating cases. I believe that most dentists now use loupes. They have a short learning curve. When you try them, you will find yourself wanting more magnification. Unfortunately, there is a practical limit to the amount of magnification that loupes can provide.
    For more magnification, a dentist would turn to a dental microscope. With a dental microscope, you can adjust the level of magnification or zoom. It will provide coaxial lighting (light in the same direction as the line of view) and allow for ideal posture for the dentist. S-video or digital camera attachments are great enhancements, and will allow you to manipulate or display the image in many formats. This dental microscope is the ultimate instrument for intraoral examination, diagnosis, and treatment. I believe that the dental microscope is an essential piece of equipment for the restorative dentist.
    Color photographs also help improve patient communication dramatically. There may be no better way to demonstrate a patient’s condition and your proposed treatment than by using color photographs and digital X-rays. And with photographs, the bigger the better.

    Dentist may use intraoral camera photographs, digital X-rays, and extraoral face and smile photographs in his consultations. He may uses a 42-inch plasma screen in his consultation room to make the “truth” as big and bold as possible.

    Enhanced visualization leads to enhanced communication, but it all starts with the dentist. When dentists make the commitment to enhance their vision, they are making a commitment to excellence, both in their diagnostic and treatment skills and in patient communication.

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