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Dental Loupes, Sophisticated Tools For Dental Science

Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (40)

Posted on August 15, 2008 by Dental Loupes

Invention of dental loupes has been highly useful for dentists who use the device for better scrutinization of the entities within the patients’ mouths vis-a-vis teeth. The large view generated by the dental loupes helps dentists diagnose the ailment or dysfunction in the mouth of the patient and offer right medication or do right surgery. Additionally, dental loupes can also be of great assistance for dentists in determining the length and width of the crack inside a tooth and provide effective dental solution which can cure the ailment.

Dental loupes have long been used by dentists and today there are sophisticated designed dental loupes which can be used to make accurate diagnosis. As it is quite known a fact that correct diagnosis is fundamental for any medical cure, dental loupes have been one of the wonderful tools in dental science to suffice the need of dentists. Additionally, the tool has been known for its assistance to dentists in maintaining right posture and perform dental operation. A handy tool to reduce common neck and back fatigue and eye strain, dental loupes can truly be considered suitable tool in dental science.

However, there is no one abstract unit of dental loupes as it is not possible that all human have similar width and length of mouth; therefore, the determination of requirement of dental mouth is mouth specific. Notwithstanding, selection of an ideal dental or surgical loupes should be done carefully and different dimension and the needs of the dentist should be kept in mind before taking any action towards buying the device. The priority should be given to hygiene standard when buying dental loupes which is not only essential but also fundamental to avoid several other communicable diseases.

Dental loupes have not only been of great help in easy inspection of teeth but also in operation or surgery inside the mouth. Mouth is such a small part of the body that naked eyes can skip numerous micro sized issues. For instance oral cavity can be in very difficult to get rid of without the help of dental loupes as it is hidden inside or the interior of the teeth. However, with the help of dental loupes things have been made possible and any type of cavity can easily be taken off. Magnification with the help of dental loupes can be used to see cavity in large view and take away it with the help of operation tools.

What Are Dental Loupes, and How Do They Help Dentists?

Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

By Simon Harris

Many people who have not worked in a dentist's office or whom are not trained dentists have not heard the term "dental loupes". I'm sure they have seen them, however, but simply had no idea what they were called. This is essentially a device worn on the head over the eyes, either over clear lenses (people with no need for corrective lenses) or there are some that fit right over your native glasses as well, adjustable to your vision needs. This device is used to see into a patient's mouth at a higher resolution than is possible with the naked eye.

Dental loupes are used to assure accuracy when giving a diagnosis, and for doing precision work. Just like you'd use the proper tools in a surgery if you were a doctor, dentists use these devices too. In fact, dentists and doctors use a similar form of magnification lenses, as they both use them to see into small places, magnify, add light to, and assure that nothing goes wrong either in their diagnosis of the problem, or in fixing the problem once they've figured out what it is.

When it comes to the type of work a dentist does, the tiniest crack in your tooth can mark a big problem later. Missing this crack, for example, could possibly render you helpless to save the tooth later when the problem gets worse and you're not aware there even is a problem until the pain starts. Dental loupes have been used pretty much as long as the magnifying lenses have been in circulation. The devices used at first, of course, weren't as accurate or high quality as the ones used today, but they still were better than simply using the naked eye.

Some dental loupes are very high tech, going way beyond just magnifying the inside of your mouth. Some are hooked up to a computer where you essentially get another set of digital eyes to help the dentist see things not visible to the naked eye. There are ways of seeing beyond the normal spectrum of light or bouncing inferred light for example off the tooth where a computer can digitally analyze it in real time showing the dentist where the problem is/may be. It's pretty amazing what's out there, and it's only getting better!

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Dental Loupe is a tool

Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Courtesy Mr Rajesh Chowdhry's blog

you can read his other blogs at Enlightening the Kerma


Few months ago, I met an instructor of a dental hygiene program. Her school is known and popular amongst students. The school is often referred to as a futuristic playground for dental hygiene students, and the instructor understandably is very proud of the reputation.

It was a social gathering; the discussion took a turn on to the need of binocular loupes for dental hygiene students. It is always interesting to hear the point of view of those involved in formal academic settings, as magnification loupes is considered controversial by many in the academic setting.

While she acknowledged that dental loupes might be beneficial at the older age, she really argued aggressively that her students did not need these expensive devices since they did not need visual enhancement.

Loupes do enhance the clinical image, but this is not the only reason why dental hygiene students wear the loupes was my argument.

I asked her to explain; why is that studies show recurring evidence of dental hygienists complaining about neck and shoulder pain and why one out of five dental hygienists give up their career early.

The answer is clear.

Dental hygienists also put long hours performing their procedures. Each sitting with a patient is ½ hour to 1 hour long. This certainly puts strain on shoulders, neck, back and eye nerves. At the young age we do not feel this strain as our body is strong and can easily withstand it. Constant strain on these parts gradually takes its toll and symptoms become visible at the later part of one’s career. As bodies get weaker and capability of sitting for long hours gets reduced, dental hygienists are forced to give up their career.

Visual enhancement does help during assessments in probe reading, tissue characteristics, etc; but the most important reason to wear a loupe is to reduce the risk of developing musculoskeletal problems.

Does having loupes solve musculoskeletal problems for every dental hygienist, she immediately argued.

No they will not, was my reply, and then I further explained, dental loupes are simply a tool and as with every tool, dental loupes can only help you if

You are using it on regular basis

You selected a quality loupe correctly matching to your needs.

A loupe does not directly reduce the risk of musculoskeletal problems, it is your correct posture which reduces the strain on your back, neck and shoulder nerves and thereby reduces the risk of developing musculoskeletal problems at later stage. Loupes can help you maintain your correct posture.

What about exercises, they can also reduce the risk of such physical pain, she asked.

No one can deny the significance of exercises, but one has to understand that exercises are reducing the effects of strain on your body, whereas correct posture reduces the strain itself. They both are complementary and should be part of every dental professional practice. We, as part of STAC Education Series developed special yoga exercises for dental hygienists but the exercises do not reduce the importance of having correct posture.

How can loupes help maintain the correct posture, was her next question.

The key is working distance and depth of view. Every loupe has a fixed working distance and a small range within which image remains focused and this range is called depth of view.

Let’s take an example. Hygienist A has the habit of leaning over the patients while performing a procedure. The distance between her eyes and the mouth of the patient is generally 325-350mm. With the correct posture of her body, the ideal distance is 420mm. She buys a binocular loupe with 420 working distance and let’s further assume the depth of view for that loupe is 50mm. As it happens with every dental professional, when you are cautious you try to maintain your correct posture but as you get absorbed into your procedure, you unconsciously form the posture what you are habitual off. Hygienist A, who has the habit of leaning closer to patient, when starts wearing a loupe with a working distance of 420. As she bends her image will become blurry when her distance reduces to lower than 370mm. She will immediately lean backward to her correct posture. This will gradually change her habit.

Therefore a correctly chosen loupe not only maintains your posture it can change your incorrect posture habit.

There is another aspect one has to understand. Any damage on the body parts is irreversible. Therefore, it is equally important to create and maintain the habit of correct posture and the habit of doing the right kind of exercises regularly at the young age itself. Therefore it is our responsibility to explain and provide dental students the appropriate set of tools.

After much encouragement she agreed to wear the loupe for a month to feel the effect.

I visited her school the next day and helped her too find her correct working distance. I gave her STAC 3.0x Flip Up Loupe with 420mm working distance. After a month she met me with a changed opinion. As she promised, she used her STAC Loupe every day during last month. She feels comfortable and less strained; she admitted that she does not feel any heaviness in her back, shoulder or neck area and her frequency of headaches also was reduced. She feels she cannot live without her STAC Loupe.

I asked to convey her first hand experience to her class also. It is critical that every profession begin to take responsibility for their physical well-being. The leadership has to come from you as an instructor.

The rest is simply a story of her arranging the presentation in the class, students followed her as an example and today every student in her class got their own loupe. She encourages them every day to make it a habit of wearing the loupe in every practice session.