It is no exaggeration to say that the field of dentistry has been revolutionised by the advent of the dental microscope. Thanks to increased levels of magnification and illumination, dentists can now offer their patients truly excellent levels of care. Although generally considered to be restricted to more specialised areas of dentistry such as endodontics, many general dental practitioners are beginning to find that high specification magnification also has much to offer their practice.
Not only does it help to reduce the likelihood of errors, as well as aid in tasks such as identifying missed cracks and fissures in restorative work, ultimately cutting down on the risk of treatment failure, but it also offers improved ergonomics – a godsend to those clinicians suffering from back and neck pain, and eye strain. One article in Dentistry Today revealed that even inclining the head forward by as little as 20 degrees for more than two thirds of your working day can lead to neck pain – a common occurrence within the profession. Consequently it is unsurprising that more than 70% of dentists suffer from back and neck ache as a direct result of their jobs, often leading to conditions such as TNS (tension neck syndrome, a major cause of headaches and arm and shoulder pain) and cervical disc degeneration or spondylosis*.
Through a combination of ergonomic features such as an inclinable binoculars and built-in video equipment which can be connected to an overhead LCD screen, dentists can work in postures that are much less contorted whilst also enjoying excellent, unrestricted views of the treatment site. Video equipment can also be used for enhanced patient education, clinical lecturing as well as obtaining case study stills, opening up all sorts of additional professional avenues as well as higher levels of treatment consent.
Integral daylight-quality illumination also means that the treatment areas is always well-lit without the need to constantly readjust your eyes to bright lights from overhead operating lamps or having to adjust their position to get a good view. Ultimately this can mean less eye strain from glare or poor lighting, especially in hard-to-see areas such as the back of the oral cavity.
Three to six steps of magnification also make it easy to zoom in and out of a particular area without having to change your position or lean over.
Given the level of investment involved, it is important to opt for a reliable, specialist supplier who can provide equipment designed specifically to meet your individual needs. A specialist company offering dentists expert advice and the finest brands in magnification and illumination, Lemonchase is proud to be the UK’s exclusive distributor of three leading brands of dental microscope: Norton, Leica and Labomed, each offering you the opportunity to banish back and neck pain and enjoy smoother, more efficient workflow virtually immediately.