4 X’s better Dentistry? Really? Illuminate me!


I can actually argue that it is even way more betterer than 4X’s better!!


When I started doing dentistry at Temple Dental School the only people wearing any magnification were the instructors that seemingly wore them only to hypercritically assess our work. Or at least that’s what we all thought then.


I got my first set of loops, magnifying glasses that I use while working on patients, back in the late 80’s.  They magnified teeth 2.6 x’s, allowing me to see more and be more detail oriented. It opened up great possibilities for Cosmetic Dentistry like porcelain veneers and crowns to get them fit more precisely and make the place where they meet the teeth more invisible and hygienic, allowing them to look better and last longer!


Somewhere around the millennium I upgraded to 3.5 x’s magnification. Things got better and better. One of the other places where the magnification helps is when doing Root Canal therapy. Finding the little tiny canals can be a real challenge. Many root canal specialists are using microscopes and even Cone Beam CT scans, really cool radiographic scan that will give 3-D images to help in diagnosis and treatment planning.


I need to mention that the other huge upgrade through all of this is the improved illumination through all of this. The loops all came with a light source on them as well. I’ve always said that the extra light was at least as valuable as the magnification. When I look back at pictures of dental schools back when my dad went to school, I always marveled at how they could work with the poor lighting. I t seemed like an even larger handicap than the old belt-driven handpieces (drills). Our regular lights are 10 times better than the old ones; I have the lights on my glasses and even fiber optics on my drills, flooding the work area with light from every direction.


So, my little gift to myself this year was a pair of 4.0 magnification loops. Finer, more detailed dentistry is here. The optics and frames are so comfortable that I am comfortable wearing them all. One of the biggest advantages of this has been an increased ability to find and diagnose little problems. Little cavities have only compromised a small amount of tooth structure, need small fillings, take a little time, often need no anesthetic and carry small price tags.


I can’t wait to see you when you come in!

Now in HD!