The working field of the dentist is very limited and the conditions that exist in the oral cavity are all but helpful. The tongue and cheeks obstruct the vision and brightness , oral fluids and water from the handpieces obscure the visibility and hinder the flow of dental treatment. A most valuable aid for these problems is magnfication that is achieved by devices such as loupes and the  dental operating microscope as well as the increase in brightness with the various light sources.

Loupes  are optical devices that are attached to glasses and magnifies the field of view fom 2,4 to 45 times. It is the starting point  in magnification and can offer great resulds in general dentistry, especially when combined with LED light.

The dental operating microscope is the best magnifying device because it offers many advantages such as 

  • Μagnification that range from 2 to 23 times of the original view.

  • It includes 4 to 5 instantly interchangeable magnifyiing scales that can change with the turn of a knob allowing the examination of a case with various magnifications

  • The zoom power is greater than the loupes , which is most useful in cases such as assesment of cracks, the finding of a root canal, etc.

  • It is more ergonomic, because it doesn't add any more weight on the head , which is considerable on the 4,5 loupes with a head LED light.

  • An adapter can be attached for the better documentation of the cases through the use of camera for videos and photos.

  • The microscope lightning is more powerful than the LED lights and it is aimed between the 2 optical elements enhancing the optical sharpness and avoiding the development of shadows.

The use of magnification devices improves quality, aids in the earlier and more accurate diagnosis of lesions and allows better ergonomy during dental treatment ensuring a comfortable enviroment and an enhanced view of the oral cavity with focus on detail!

Why  is so much light needed?

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The oral cavity is a dark area that closes with the lip curtain...

In order to see at the base of the cavity or to find the root canal orifices during an endodontic treatment we need as much light as possible! Our first light source is the dental overhead light, even its newer and stronger editions are not always able to give us the nessecary amount of light needed.

Other light sources, such as LED lamps on dental handpieces, can be used but the mosti important light sources is the one that is attached on the loupes and microscopes. Lighting is crucial in magnification because the larger the magnification the more ligh is needed , kind like zooming in digital photo cameras, the more you zoom the more light is needed for a properly exposed photograph