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Those Weird Binocular-Like Device Your Dentist Wears

If you’ve gone to the dentist recently, you probably remember seeing your dentist or hygienist wear a strange device that looks a lot like a miniature set of binoculars attached to their glasses.

These instruments are actually called “dental loupes.”

What do dental loupes do, and why are they so important?

Dental loupes are necessary for Dentistry. With the help of dental loupes, dentists can see the mouth and its parts clearly as they are magnified, ensuring that the procedure is done with accuracy and precision.

The inside of the mouth can also be dark, thus a dental loupe, having a flashlight attached to it, can shine a bit of light on the mouth and see the area well.

Cavities and other abnormalities of the oral cavity mainly those unseen by the naked eye or are only beginning to develop can be detected with the help of dental loupes. Through this, early detection is a possible and immediate treatment to address the dental problem is done before the issue escalates.

Dental loupes also allow appropriate space between the dentist and the patient’s mouth. Using the device, dentists need not lean too close to see the inside of the mouth. Also, since dental loupes magnify the area, dentists have no choice but to move a bit away from the patient’s mouth, saving both from an uncomfortable encounter due to the proximity.

Dentists often need to bend their neck over to see the patient’s teeth, leading to 60 to 80 percent of dental professionals to suffer neck and back pain. Dental loupes lessen the bending.

With the use mentioned above and the importance of dental loupes, the magnifying device benefits both the dentist and the patient.

What types of features can dental loupes have?

Dental loupes vary by type and brand. However, here is a list of some of the things dental loupes have to offer:

  • Standard (Galilean) and Expanded (Prism) view for different field views
  • High magnification
  • Attached to a set of glasses that can have prescription lenses placed if necessary
  • A headlight
  • Custom fit for the dentist
  • High resolution for clarity
  • Some versions allow dental loupes to be flipped up.
  • Easy-to-operate technology
  • Light-weight design for long wear

Specific Tasks Where Dental Loupes Are Great For

  • Detect and fill a cavity-infected tooth
  • Look for tartar or calculus to remove
  • Flossing between the teeth
  • Root canal procedure
  • Checking a cracked tooth
  • Cleaning the gum line
  • Checking problems inside the mouth like areas requiring extra care, early signs of gum disease, discoloration of the teeth, oral sores, or abnormal patched on the gums and cheeks

Although not all dentist or oral health professional subscribe to the use of dental loupes in their practice, the magnifying device is recommended to increase precision and avoid mistakes especially since the oral cavity is a sensitive region of the body. With this instrument, procedures can be done more accurately, and details can be seen more clearly.

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