Periodontal Microsurgery is an important part of our practice. While use of surgical loops is common in dentistry, the surgical microscope (outside of endodontics) is not. The surgical microscope has a number of advantages:
- You can achieve higher magnification than with loops; up to 16x.
- The lens is steadied by the microscope arm which results in less movement at high magnification so you experience less eye fatigue.
- With the microscope you assume a better (upright) work posture.
- High intensity, through the lens lighting provides better visability.
- Photographs and video are possible directly through the lens.
- Higher magnification allows for more conservative flap designs and better suturing. The result is better healing with less post-operative pain.
- Smaller surgical access leading to faster healing
- Better visibility allowing for a more meticulous technique and better results
Dr. Alvarenga always used magnification loops to perform surgery but occasionally a very high magnification is required. In these cases he may use the surgical microscope.