During our visit to a dental office, we often see our dentists or hygienist wear a seemingly weird eye device looking similar to a binocular. We wonder, “What is that instrument and why does my dentist have it?”. In this article, we answer your query and give all pertinent information regarding the dental instrument. Ready?
First things first. The binocular-looking instrument used by the dentist or a dental hygienist is called a dental loupe. It is a small tool used to magnify and see details closer and more precise. It does not have a handle similar to a magnifying glass.
Instead, it features:
- A set of glasses which can have a prescription if necessary
- A Galilean or prism view which allows the dentist or hygienist to see different views
- High magnification and resolution
- A dental loupe is custom-fitted for its user. It is also easy-to-operate, lightweight, and can be flipped.
Uses of Dental Loupes
The instrument is excellent for:
- Detecting and filling a tooth infected by a cavity
- Looking for tartar or calculus, making removing them easier
- Making flossing teeth a bliss
- A root canal procedure
- Checking for cracks on a tooth
- Removing plaque or tartar along the gum line
- Checking for oral health issues in areas requiring extra care, early signs of periodontal disease, tooth discoloration, oral sores, or other abnormalities.
With its various capabilities, a dental loupe has become necessary devices in Dentistry. Through it, oral health professionals see the mouth and other parts of the oral cavity clearly as the instrument magnifies the area. By doing so, it ensures the accuracy and precision of the procedure.
And because the inside of the mouth is dark, a dental loupe, through its flashlight, can light the area. It will then allow the dentist to view the inside of the mouth more clearly.
Also, it lets the dentist or hygienist detect cavities and other abnormalities in their early stages which are usually unseen by the naked eye. Through early detection, immediate treatment to address oral health problems and prevent the escalation of the issue.
Dental loupes also provide a comfortable space between the dentist and the patient’s mouth. As the dentist uses this device, he or she need not lean too close to see the inside of the mouth. Moreover, the magnifying capability of the dental instrument prompts dentists to move a bit away to view the area properly.
The use of the device does not only benefit the patients but dentists as well. Due to the constant need to bend their neck over to see the patient’s teeth, 60 to 80 percent of dental professionals suffer from neck and back pain. With dental loupes, bending is lessened.