Advanced technology makes for better treatment and patient care
Successful root canal treatment requires the clinician to be precise, focus on detail, and give his or her full attention to the patient’s well-being. To this end, knowledgeable clinicians will call upon their own skills, training, and experience to take on root canal issues. But those same clinicians also know to use modern technology to provide exceptional care.
As an experienced dentist, you know that root canal procedures generally occur in a visual vacuum — dark, confined spaces that are often challenging to access — making it difficult to treat what can’t be seen even with loop magnification. Enter the operating microscope, a complex and extremely helpful instrument that benefits dentists and patients alike by addressing a fundamental concern in root canal treatment: the ability to see what you are treating.
Prior to the introduction of the operating microscope, dentists and endodontists had to rely on loops, their tactile competence, mental images of a patient’s condition, and unflagging persistence and patience. Because of the complex nature of endodontic treatment, practitioners have always looked for ways to improve the visibility of the operational field. Although loops are good, and fiber optic video cameras amusing the operating microscope, with its magnification and illumination capabilities, proved to be the best solution.
Dental microscopes have been around for quite a while. They were used as early as 1907 (?) by individual clinicians and eventually adopted by endodontic programs throughout the United States in the 1990s. The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) understood the value of microscopes and was an early supporter of microscope training. In 1998, the AAE successfully advocated for the inclusion of a microscope proficiency standard for postgraduate endodontic programs.
The result was dramatic: as more endodontists used microscopes, root canal treatment was completely transformed — the same impact as the introduction of X-ray machines more than a hundred years ago! Microscopes have become an integral, even indispensable, element of endodontic practice and a key factor in diagnostic and clinical procedures, yielding better outcomes compared to treatment without vision enhancement or magnifying eyewear. The use of a microscope facilitates the overall root canal treatment process because endodontists have a better view of the situation. From the pretreatment assessment of fractures, canal location, and confirmation of debridement during treatment the operating microscope has made a difference. The benefits during apicoectomy and other surgical interventions are just as significant. By magnifying vision up to 25 times that of the naked eye and illuminating the area, the microscope improves diagnosis and treatment and results in superior care for patients.
The bottom line is that the operating microscope has revolutionized endodontics. A progressive, modern endodontics practice views the operating microscope on a similar plane as the X-ray machine — one just can’t provide the best care without it.
At Professional Endodontics, staying at the leading edge of technology and incorporating it into our practice is a priority. It’s a matter of providing our patients with the best treatment possible, and the state-of-the-art instruments we understand and apply allow us to deliver the quality care patients deserve. We invite you to contact us to learn more and see how we can help care for your patients.
About Professional Endodontics
Professional Endodontics has been exceeding the standard of care in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 50 years. The team specializes in treating issues with the inside of the tooth and goes out of its way to provide a safe easy environment for patients. Each member of the practice is dedicated to providing excellence in patient care and values high-quality relationships with referring dentists and specialists. Each endodontist at Professional Endodontics has been individually chosen as Hour Detroit Magazine’s Best Dentists. Thanks to contemporary advances in endodontics, Professional Endodontics is able to use innovative technology to treat and save teeth that have suffered damage to the soft tissue within the roots of the tooth.
Professional Endodontics offers state-of-the-art facilities in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Southfield. All locations offer the latest in advanced dental delivery systems, microscopy, and digital radiography.
29201 Telegraph Road
Southfield, MI 48034
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Pavilion
16151 19 Mile Rd, Suite 101
Clinton Township, MI 48038
St. Clair Shores
St. Clair Professional Plaza
23829 Little Mack, Suite 300
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
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