The use of microscope in dentistry is a new skill level in Dental Care that has been evolving over the past 25 years. Using the increased magnification to locate small and hidden blemish and imperfection, cosmetic or general dentists achieve improved clinical outcomes.
Unlike a magnifying glass or loupe glasses, which goes about 2-6X magnification, a dental microscope has magnification goes up to 21X. Endodontists use this equipment most of the time because they need to see the small canals in the roots of the teeth. On the contrary, general dentists seldom use the microscope because it is not easy to use and takes longer to do treatments without practice or proper training. Almost no general dentist in the U.S. uses a microscope.
Dr. Shimizu uses a Microscope for almost all general dentistry purposes because he can see things that he is unable to see with the use of surgical eye loupes.
"I have been using a microscope for over three years now (as of 2016) and I noticed many great things other than for diagnostic purposes. Let's say I finished a nice prep with the surgical eye loupes. Under the loupes everything is smooth. But when I checked the prepped tooth with the microscope, you still see rough areas here and there. I can smooth all those minor jagged areas under the microscope, then, take an impression (mold or the copy of the tooth). Again I can check the impression with the microscope more precisely. The impression is sent to the lab and the lab technician will make the restoration. It is very important that the prepped surface is smooth and not jagged for the lab technician to make a precise fit restoration," Dr. Shimizu says.
You can benefit from his microscope dentistry procedures. When Dr. Shimizu seats those restorations, they fit flush to the margins of the teeth with no necessary adjustments. It is also make it easy for him to remove all excess cement area after bonding very thin porcelain veneers. Removing excess cement over the margin area will ensure the gum health after the veneers are applied to teeth. It prevent gum inflammation at the margins where the veneers meet your teeth.
The quality of the treatment will be much improved with the use of a dental microscope. After all, if you cannot see it, you cannot fix it!
There are 404 accredited cosmetic dentists world wide and only 6 in Houston as of April 2019