We live in an age where developing technologies are involved in every aspect of our lives and change our habits. These developments are accelerating day by day and transformations are happening more frequently. In such a period, those who can benefit from the opportunities provided by technology taste the future and live one step ahead.
As in every field, the field of health is developing very rapidly. Accordingly, these developments have made it possible to treat previously fatal or incurable diseases and have affected the increase in human life. New products in all sectors are priced far above the market when they are first released, and their use is years later. However, when it comes to health, people even travel to other parts of the world to access new generation treatments.
Dentistry is also in a digital transformation today, with new devices being integrated into clinics every day. Instead of taking measurements in the old-fashioned dough-like consistency, 3D models are produced with intraoral cameras, and we can obtain the work done by dental technicians untouched by the devices. In addition to these, one of the most effective devices today is the operating microscopes. Microscopes entered the health sector with the realization that increased detail in vision leads to much more successful work. In the field of medicine, the devices that doctors started to use in surgeries with much more minimal surgeries with a larger and detailed view years ago are now among the new trends of dentistry working in the dark space in the mouth and on tiny teeth.
Microscopes take doctors beyond human limits, enabling them to see details that are impossible to see with the naked eye under x10, x16 or even x40 magnification. In this way, the details that are not normally noticed and intervened become visible, making it possible for doctors to perform more detailed procedures in the light of all this new information, protecting the health of patients to the maximum. Since all operations performed with a microscope are completed with minimal damage, they increase patient comfort after the operation.
The dominant view in dentistry for many years has been “Extension For Prevention”. In other words, it was recommended to remove from healthy tooth tissue for reasons such as widening to protect, providing a better field of vision, the ability of old filling materials to hold on to the tooth, etc. Nowadays, when the advances in fillings and other materials tell us, “You no longer need to remove extra healthy tissue to hold on to the tooth!”, there was another obstacle to remove less tissue: We were still seeing the same thing. Then new research and development focused on this issue and gave us magnification devices that we could use during the procedure. While Dental Loupes, which provide detailed vision by magnifying the tooth x2.5×3.5 times, increased our control over the treatment, Dental Microscopes opened a brand new page in dentistry by magnifying the tooth up to x40 times. With dental microscopes, the slogan was changed to “Prevention Of Extension”. With this approach, we now started to protect the teeth from expansion, that is, from removing extra healthy tissue. We called this new style Minimally Invasive Dentistry.
So what are the benefits of making such delicate and small touches to the teeth during the procedure?
David Clark, founder of the Academy of Microscope-Assisted Dentistry (AMED), explains it very well: “The greatest indicator of long-term retention of teeth is the volume of healthy, natural tooth tissue that remains at the end of treatment.” In other words, the less tissue loss a treated tooth has, the longer it is likely to remain in your mouth. In summary, microscopes are now devices that are becoming widespread in dentistry. The reason for their use is that the treatment of small and sensitive teeth must also be carried out with high precision. The more detailed the field of view, depending on the skill of the physician, the more precise treatments can be performed and the more sensitive treatments can be performed, helping your teeth to stay in your mouth for a long time with minimal removal from the dental tissue.