The use of the Endo Microscope allows a doctor to perform procedures with greater accuracy because the treatment area is magnified. The microscope's superior illumination and magnification has made the greatest impact on visualization of the area, evaluation of surgical technique and use of fewer x-rays. With the unique ultrasonic unit and tips, a separated instrument or silver point can be removed with less effort. Fourth canals are now routinely being located and completely debrided in virtually all molars, thus increasing the long-term success rate with root canal therapy.
The American Association of Endodontics has also provided some additional context on the power of endo microscopes.
Per the AAE, "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."