The operating microscope greatly enhances a clinician's ability to view the tiniest details inside a patient's tooth. By magnifying vision up to 25 times that of the naked eye, the dental microscope is useful in both diagnosis and treatment. Research demonstrates better outcomes compared to treatment without vision enhancement or magnification. Microscopes aid in:
- Finding hidden and accessory canals
- Locating and removing separated instruments
- Preserving more tooth structure
- Improving ergonomics for the clinician
Naked eye, 1x
Images courtesy of Dr. Viraj Vora: endodonticcentre.ca.
The AAE was an early proponent of training in microscopes for endodontic residents and successfully advocated for the Commission on Dental Accreditation to include a microscope proficiency standard to the CODA educational standards for postgraduate endodontic programs in 1998.
To learn more about dental microscopes or share information with patients or colleagues, please review the following AAE resources:
- Use of Microscopes and Other Magnification Techniques, AAE Position Statement
- The Dental Operating Microscope in Endodontics, ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence newsletter, Winter 2016
- The Standard of Practice in Contemporary Endodontics, ENDODONTICS: Colleagues for Excellence, Fall 2014