Microphotography – Incorporating technology could be easier than you think.
There have been some exciting innovations in digital and camera technology over the last decade and dental photography is no exception. Dental photography is invaluable for diagnosis and treatment planning and provides legal documentation, publishing and marketing opportunities. Photography as well as digital video significantly aids the education of students as well as patients that are able to gain a better understanding of their diagnoses or treatments.
Microphotography is still relatively new to dentistry and some practitioners may find it daunting. However, understanding photography and getting to grips with what is achievable, can produce some remarkable results and fantastic quality images that can add significant value to ones dentistry. Additionally, advances in digital photography and video have now simplified equipment and many microscopes are provided with their own camera included as an integral part of the unit. This enables dentists to achieve high quality images that can be incorporated into the practice computer system, to allow instant access to images and videos included within patient notes.
Practitioners are able to use the integrated equipment to produce microscopic images without diverting their attention away from the field of treatment. Microscopic images also enable dentists to explain and involve their patients more readily; they become more engaged when they are able to see images of their teeth, and this increases the understanding and acceptance of their treatment. Most importantly, accurate images deliver fast, clear communication between dental team members, colleagues, laboratories or other dental professionals for referral purposes.
For maximum functionality and high specification, the Carl Zeiss OPMI Pico dental microscope is exactly tailored to the needs of dentistry. It offers fine focusing and a five-step magnification changer for detailed vision of the oral cavity. Objective lenses with focal lengths of 200mm, 250mm 300mm and 350mm are available to match the microscope to the dentist’s preferred working distance. Alternatively Varioskop technology can be incorporated to achieve exact focus at a range of working distances, which enhances ease of use and posture. The OPMI Pico makes fine details clearly visible, and provides solid support for the most challenging treatments whether in restoration, endodontics, implantology or periodontics.
Dentists must employ an efficient way of relating important information between other practitioners, specialists, the laboratory, the team and most crucially patients. Integration and implementation of technology within the dental practice is of benefit to the patient and improves the quality of examinations and treatment available to patients. A high performance dental microscope with integrated camera equipment can open up a wealth of fast, efficient results adding value to the dental practice.