Incorporating Magnification Into Your Dental Practice, 3rd edition

About the Course
Dentistry has encountered a tremendous surge in technology over the past 3 decades in nearly all areas, including armamentarium, materials, and techniques. Patients now wish to maintain their own dentition for their lifetime, and they are keenly aware of the improvement that cosmetic dentistry can make to their appearance. Although technological advancements have given dentists a new opportunity to provide clinically excellent results, dentists must observe microscopic attention to detail in the use of both materials and techniques. Clinicians must now focus on providing dentistry that is not only functional, but also esthetically exceptional, with minimal intervention or, in some cases, no intervention at all. These factors have created a challenge for many clinicians as patients increasingly expect and demand long-lasting invisible white restorations.

This basic-level course – designed for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants – explains the basics of incorporating magnification into dental practice. The course describes the evolution of the use of magnification in the field of dentistry, along with the magnification alternatives currently available, including surgical telescopic loupes and the dental operating microscope. The concept of the magnification continuum is also explained, and the challenges of incorporating magnification into the daily practice of dentistry are identified.

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss the evolution of the use of magnification in the field of dentistry.
  • Describe the resolution of the naked eye and how magnification can improve visual acuity.
  • Identify the magnification alternatives available in dental practice.
  • Discuss the concept of the magnification continuum and its impact on dental clinicians.
  • Explain the advantages of using surgical telescopic loupes in dentistry.
  • Explain the advantages of using a dental operating microscope in dentistry.
  • Discuss the challenges of incorporating magnification into the daily practice of dentistry.
About the Author
Glenn A. van As, DMD, graduated in 1987 from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. In addition to being in full-time private practice, he served as an assistant clinical professor at UBC from 1989 to 1999. His areas of interest and expertise involve the use of the dental operating microscope for all of his clinical dentistry and the use of multiple wavelengths of hard and soft tissue lasers for many procedures in his private general practice. He has lectured, provided hands-on workshops, and published internationally on the clinical value of multiple wavelengths of lasers and the high magnifications attainable with the dental operating microscope. Dr. van As has obtained standard proficiency (in argon wavelength) and advanced proficiency (in erbium wavelength) from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. In 2006, he received the Leon Goldman Award for clinical excellence. He is a founding member and past president of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry and actively contributes to many online forums that address topics related to the use of lasers and microscopes in general practice. He is well known for his collection of digital microphotographs and videography captured through the microscope at magnifications of 2.5× to 24×. Dr. van As has lectured and published extensively and is in full-time private practice.

AGD Subject Code: 770

How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
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