​Perspective on the digital dentistry advancements :

1-We are witnessing more and more the happening of the Digital Dental Revolution DDR and it is our role as researchers and educators not to turn it into Digital Dental Hype DDH!

2-Digital Dentistry is a MEAN and not an END to good quality dentistry that can be achieved in analog or digital ways or combination of both.

3-CBCT scanners industry witnessed some changes  and the implications of that are yet to be seen for these players as well as others on the other hand major players released new machines that still need more tweaking and testing. Face scanners are now introduced in many systems.

4-Intra oral scanners industry witnessed another leap with faster wireless scanners recording jaw motion, apart from that we are still waiting for the disruptive, non expensive, accurate and fast scanner to be yet seen.

5- 3D printers industry with more machines, materials, applications and concepts than we can count and more to come in that field especially if dental ceramic printing becomes doable. Affordability has been the game changer here.

6- Milling machines industry have seen no major leaps but more presence and affordability of the systems and major players pushing chair side production. Laser milling still a concept that we haven’t seen much at work yet 

7-Smile design software are now everywhere with 3D silhouettes , 2D-3D link and progressive companies introducing 3D face scans with 3D silhouettes in their systems 

8-Dynamic Implant Navigation systems are moving forward but still a lot needs to be improved and developed.

9-Jaw tracking devices are here and will witness more focus and integration with CAD software.

10-The next leap in dental technology will be Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality glasses with endless applications and we are waiting for more in that area.

11-Friendships, mass collaboration, peering and sharing is the major hyper drive for taking education and technology forward.

The dream and the vision of digital dental paradigm shift and to see all the changes that happened in the last 4 years and looking forward to an exciting future for dental profession with the efforts of all friends and mentors. 

Author(s): Dr. Rami Gamil and Eliezer Ganon

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New Technologies

CondorScan 3D Intra Oral Software Driven is the Biggest Break through in 3D

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Prof. Francois Duret at IDS 2015 with his innovation of CondorScan revolutionary software driven intra oral scanner

The CondorScan 3D Intra Scanner, is runnling on Manjaro Linux a flavor of Arch Linux which is called a “rolling-release” type Linux. It is different because it always has the latest and greatest in bleeding edge software. The reason it is on Linux, is it is an open platform, and Linux has minimal overhead in hardware specifications, can be secured unlike any other operating system is able to be, which is vital to ensure people don’t pirate the condor software. Linux also has the ability to do real time processing, and this is where it is most important for the overall project. The magic happens in the software, not the hardware. The usual approach to hardware is to have the logic and processing done in the device and pass the information to the computer, this is because Windows is incapable of doing real time processing efficiently. This is the flaw with the competitors of Condor, because now the Condor can be made as small as you can fit the Gyro for positioning, and cameras. Even while not completely optimized the condorScan showed as a prototype at IDS to be small, lightweight, ergonomic, and extremely fast. The hardware it relies on is an MSI Gaming laptop, with a customized version of Manjaro with modified Nvidia drivers, Condor relies on both the Intel Core i7 and the Nvidia GPU to do the processing in real time. The actual wand is small, relies on two cameras to triangulate the data, and this is something the Condor competition certainly does not have, relying on the same sort of algorithms satellites use to triangulate GPS. When all is said and done, “two heads are better than one” is certainly the truth when it comes to having two cameras in an intra oral scanner. It uses those two cameras in conjunction with a gyro in the wand to determine the position. This is all transferred over USB 3.0 as there is a lot of raw data being passed through to the laptop, leading to really easy, and really fast intraoral scanning.

Prof. Francois Duret at IDS 2015, showing his earlier works pioneering dental digital imprint

Prof. Francois Duret at IDS 2015, showing his earlier works pioneering dental digital imprint

SmileMe Software for a Great Before and After Photo

SmileMe is a great software that allows for quick before and after photos. You can create a profile of the patient’s smile. Go through and be able to create a quick before and after simulation to give an idea to the patient what they will look like. You can do the full smile or even individual teeth movement. It is all quick fast and easy. As simple as taking a photo, erasing the teeth, aligning a new set of teeth adjusting the color of the gingiva, teeth, arch, and various other aspects of the set or even individual teeth, while being able to print several possible outcomes on one single sheet.

Next Breakthrough to keep an Eye on: Holographic Heads Up Display (HUD)

The Holographic interface that was seen is mind blowing. Your imagination is the limitation, when it comes to what capabilities this technology will have. It produces a sort of augmented reality with a holographic overlay in the lenses, think Google Glass, but on steroids. While it is a working prototype, it is mostly finished, with only minor tweaks needed to the interaction, as well as the device will be made wireless. What wireless technology whether it is regular microwave, WiGig, Bluetooth, or another is yet unknown as of right now. However interfacing with the device, was rather simple to control for the people growing up in the tech age it’s simple. For the older generation, I noticed a slight learning curve, but I think that has to do with the manner of devices each generation is raised with. Takes at most 15 minutes to get accustomed to. This technology will be incredible to be worn while doing an intra oral scan, because then you can see results in real time right before your eyes, and be able to blow the scan and potentially see any problems that may arise with dental work. The technology isn’t just limited to dental, but also other fields, as said before your imagination is the limitation.

Reference(s): Prof. Francois Duret CEO SAS Condor

Infographic(s): dtg3d, and SAS Condor

Author(s): Alon Ganon of dtg3d & Prof. Francois Duret

Analyzer & 3D Expert Pro!

Press Release
By DentalMaster (http://DentalMaster.net) 😉 & Eliezer Ganon, CIO, dtg 3d, September 24, 2014

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We believe that if you’re a dentist, you’re pretty much ‘DentalMaster’! So, it’s not a stretch to embrace our DentalMaster product, Analyzer & 3D Expert Pro! This fully-featured and customizable module helps you explain detailed treatment plans not only on a real 3D graphics model representation that you can Print and Email with an amazing high quality graphics along with instruction as pre or post treatment or any other relevant details directly to your patients.
Your patients will tell friends about their super smart dentist ‘DentalMaster Expert’; your competitors will be scratching their thinking caps!

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The DentalMaster (http://DentalMaster.net) Maestro Collection is the leading product of MD Simulation Ltd. – our in-house assemblage of animation and computer generated graphics studio, software & application writers and website design.
MD Simulation has been specializes in the development of Real Time, Interactive, visually dynamic and high quality 3D animations & imaging for the dental and medical fields since 2003.

The company’s aim is to create, perfect market user-friendly and comprehensive patient education applications, to improve Practitioner / Patient communication and finally to promote case patient consent and acceptance.
First hand in-field experience and understanding that dentists have been unable to illustrate and explain multiple restorations with only one animation has led DentalMaster to create its own 3rd generation of patient education via case specific and universal / adaptable visuals.

For the last 2 ½ years DentalMaster started to develop its unique algorithm and thus created a new generation of patient education allowing the dentist to create most of the treatment possibilities in less than 1 minute on a customized 3D model.
Today DentalMaster is the only company that really achieved to develop a full solution for patient education and patient consent: from the moment the patient comes into the clinic, stays in the waiting room, and when he is home before treatment and launches DentalMaestro Solution!

The R&D team at DentalMaster regularly collaborates with world renowned doctors, dentists and universities in order to improve our Analytical and Presentation Systems, as we wish to provide you with top level and high quality services and products that we are well known for.

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THE DENTAL EXPERT Pro 3D


Written by Dr. P. and Dr. P. Messika Russian

3D software DentalMaster is fully customizable, allowing a few seconds to bring to the screen the exact location of the patient mouth which he can identify. The different therapeutic options are illustrated with diagrams and animations in 3D. The patient can return to his home, using a login, consult the various proposed by the practitioner in 3D and show options to members of his entourage solutions did not attend the consultation.

Submit a plan of complex prosthetic treatment to a patient, the practitioner has some problems:

  • Explain in simple terms the various treatment options with their pros and cons,
  • Materialize, other than by mere specifications, various solutions
  • The time-consuming nature of the explanation for the non-specialist, different prosthetic options
  • The absence in some cases, influential people in the entourage of the patient during the consultation, which the patient will convey a message that can be distorted and incomplete.

During that same visit, the patient is also facing some problems:

  • Difficult to project on a radio-graph, explanatory diagrams or videos do not represent his case
  • Unable to make an immediate decision without thinking and, once back home, note the lack of information contained in its Practitioner outside of any quotation items.

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3D software DentalMaster is fully customizable, allowing a few seconds to bring to the screen the exact location of the patient mouth which he can identify. The different therapeutic options are illustrated with diagrams and animations in 3D . The patient can return to his home, using a login, consult the various proposed by the practitioner in 3D and show options to members of his entourage solutions did not attend the consultation.

On the medico-legal, track the consultation of his images by the patient on the internet can be integrated into its case, and is proof that the practitioner has fulfilled its duty to inform the patient has had ample opportunity to consult before his decision, all the treatment options available.

Using a 3D simulation software helps increase the rate of acceptance of proposed treatment plans, while allowing the patient to better understand the possible treatments, reducing the risk of dissatisfaction after its completion and reducing the future risk of conflict.

Resource(s): Journal of Perio – Research News

Infographic(s): DentalMaster.net

 

What is Brainwave?

BrainwaveBrain waves are generated by the building blocks of your brain — the individual cells called neurons. Neurons communicate with each other by electrical changes.We can actually see these electrical changes in the form of brain waves as shown in an EEG (electroencephalogram).Brain waves are measured in cycles per second (Hertz; Hz is the short form). We also talk about the “frequency” of brain wave activity.The lower the number of Hz, the slower the brain activity or the slower the frequency of the activity.

Researchers in the 1930’s and 40’s identified several different types of brain waves. Traditionally, these fall into 4 types:

  • Theta waves (4-7 Hz) are associated with sleep, deep relaxation (like hypnotic relaxation), and visualization
  • Alpha waves (7.5-12 Hz) occur when we are relaxed and calm
  • Beta waves (12-30 Hz) occur when we are actively thinking, problem-solving, etc.
  • Delta waves (below 4 Hz) occur during sleep

EEG Brain Frequency Chart

Since these original studies, other types of brainwaves have been identified and the traditional 4 have been subdivided.Some interesting brainwave additions:

  • The Sensory motor rhythm (or SMR; around 14 hz) was originally discovered to prevent seizure activity in cats. SMR activity seems to link brain and body functions.
  • Gamma brain waves (39-100 hz) are involved in higher mental activity and consolidation of information. An interesting study has shown that advanced Tibetan mediators produce higher levels of gamma than non- mediators both before and during meditation.

Are you wondering what kind of brain waves you produce?

People tend to talk as if they were producing one type of brain wave (e.g., producing “alpha” for meditating). But these aren’t really “separate” brain waves – the categories are just for convenience.They help describe the changes we see in brain activity during different kinds of activities.

So we don’t ever produce only “one” brain wave type.Our overall brain activity is a mix of all the frequencies at the same time, some in greater quantities and strength than others.

The meaning of all this? Balance is the key. We don’t want to regularly produce too much or too little of any brainwave frequency.

How do we achieve that balance?

We need both flexibility and resilience for optimal functioning. Flexibility generally means being able to shift ideas or activities when we need to or when something is just not working.

Well, it means the same thing when we talk about the brain.

We need to be able to shift our brain activity to match what we are doing.

At work, we need to stay focused and attentive and those beta waves are a Good Thing. But when we get home and want to relax, we want to be able to produce less beta and more alpha activity. To get to sleep, we want to be able to slow down even more.So, we get in trouble when we can’t shift to match the demands of our lives. We’re also in trouble when we get stuck in a certain pattern.

For example, after injury of some kind to the brain (and that could be physical or emotional), the brain tries to stabilize itself and it purposely slows down. (For a parallel, think of yourself learning to drive – you wanted to go r-e-a-l s-l-o-w to feel in control, right?). But if the brain stays that slow, if it gets “stuck” in the slower frequencies, you will have difficulty concentrating and focusing, thinking clearly, etc.

So flexibility is a key goal for efficient brain functioning. Resilience generally means stability – being able to bounce back from negative events and to “bend with the wind, not break”.

Studies show that people who are resilient are healthier and happier than those who are not. Same thing in the brain. The brain needs to be able to “bounce back” from all the unhealthy things we do to it (drinking, smoking, missing sleep, banging it, etc.) And the resilience we all need to stay healthy and happy starts in the brain.

Resilience is critical for your brain to be and stay effective. When something goes wrong, likely it is because our brain is lacking either flexibility or resilience.

So — what do we know so far?

We want our brain to be both flexible – able to adjust to whatever we are wanting to do – and resilient – able to go with the flow.

To do this, it needs access to a variety of different brain states. These states are produced by different patterns and types of brain wave frequencies. We can see and measure these patterns of activity in the EEG. EEG biofeedback is a method for increasing both flexibility and resilience of the brain by using the EEG to see our brain waves.

It is important to think about EEG neurofeedback as training the behavior of brain waves, not trying to promote one type of specific activity over another. For general health and wellness purposes, we need all the brain wave types, but we need our brain to have the flexibility and resilience to be able to balance the brain wave activity as necessary for what we are doing at any one time.

What stops our brain from having this balance all the time?

The big 6:

  • Injury
  • Medications, including alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain
  • Stress

These 6 types of problems tend to create a pattern in our brain’s activity that is hard to shift.

In chaos theory, we would call this pattern a “chaotic attractor”. Getting “stuck” in a specific kind of brain behavior is like being caught in an attractor.

Even if you aren’t into chaos theory, you know being “stuck” doesn’t work – it keeps us in a place we likely don’t want to be all the time and makes it harder to dedicate our energies to something else -> Flexibility and Resilience. Next, let’s take a closer look at how neurofeedback can be used to change brain activity.

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Dr Assad Mora: The man behind the microscope MicroVision 3D

Dr Assad Mora

Dr. Assad Mora, Inventor of the MoraVision 3D

Dr Assad F. Mora is a native of Syria who came to the United States in the early 1970s to study prosthodontics. Today he maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara, CA, USA, with his wife, Kathy Patmore, an endodontist. As inventor of the MORA Interface and the MoraVision 3D system, Dr Mora pioneered a new era in visualization technology by introducing the use of stereoscopic 3-D video technology for viewing the operating field in real time for performing clinical dental procedure. Dr Mora spent some time with Dental Tribune discussing how he became involved with microscope-enhanced dentistry, the thinking behind MoraVision 3D system, and what he sees for the future of microdentistry.

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How did you get started in microscope dentistry?
In 1993 I was introduced to the first stereoscopic 3-D video system, which was made by Zeiss for their microscopes. The live and recorded stereoscopic video was intended for enhancing the teaching experience and documentation of microsurgery. I instantly recognized the great impact 3-D video can have on dentistry. Not only does it have the potential to change the clinical teaching model, but also to change how dentistry is practiced. For the first time, the operating field could be viewed on a screen in real time with accurate 3-D depth perception to usher in the era of ‘posture-independent vision.’ By doing so, dental operations would be performed without the traditional leaning and craning over the patient, and without peering into the binocular tube of a traditional operating microscope. Posture-independent vision could free the operator from assuming traditionally harmful musculoskeletal postural positions in order to gain visual access into the oral cavity.

Did the first stereoscopic 3-D video system have limitations?
Unfortunately, the low resolution of early video technology produced an image quality that was far inferior to that of the optical image seen through the microscope. In 1998, Zeiss introduced a compact 3CCD stereoscopic system for their microscopes. The marked improvement in image quality at the higher ranges of magnification made stereoscopic video vision a clinically acceptable working tool. I bought the system, got rid of the binocular tube, and started working by viewing the operating field directly on the screen. It made dentistry far less frustrating, more accurate, more comfortable, more accessible, more enjoyable and improved my productivity. The search for improving the system, however, continued, and the display graduated from a 27-inch CRT stereoscopic monitor with battery-powered active liquid crystal glasses, to dual projection on a 6-foot silver screen and lightweight passive polarized glasses. Still, image quality, user-friendly ergonomics, compactness, simplicity, reliability and reasonable pricing remained elusive.

What led to the breakthrough?

The advent of consumer high-definition video in 2005 was the impetus I needed to embark on the development of a new 3-D system that took advantage of 13 years of knowledge and experience with microscopes and stereoscopic 3-D video. It took three years of hard work, many failures and setbacks, and tremendous resources to bring to the profession not only a video viewing system that is usable, but a system that will make the practice of dentistry easier, improve the quality of patient care and revolutionize clinical dental education. Stereoscopic video of the operating field as seen by the operator can now be the foundation for a new clinical teaching model. It can be viewed by any number of students, live during demonstrations or recorded for viewing at their convenience. This new, three-dimensional clinical teaching model can give the students an unprecedented level of understanding and clarity of the visual clinical information under consideration. Leaving no gaps in their conceptual understanding of the clinical information presented, the students will no longer need to struggle to acquire the incomplete visual information in bits and pieces and to fill in for the missing information with inaccurate assumptions that might be proven wrong upon validation. Instead, they can immediately proceed to spend their efforts on getting their hands to develop the necessary skills based on complete understanding of what needs to be accomplished. As a result, valuable time and resources can be saved while improving the quality of clinical dental education.

Please describe the MoraVision 3D system.
It is a digital stereoscopic microscope system that delivers to the viewer an accurate, three-dimensional depth perception in real time, with the clarity and color fidelity of ‘full HD’ 1920-by-1080 video resolution to each eye. It also delivers two different perspectives of the same operating field, one for the doctor and another for the assistant. It enables the operator to sit in the 12 o’clock position and view the operating field straight ahead on a stereoscopic LCD Module. At the same time the assistant, who is seated in the 3 o’clock position, can view the same operating field from his or her own correct perspective on a second stereoscopic LCD module placed straight ahead. The MoraVision 3D system is unique in that the assistant vision is provided as a standard configuration with the system, not an option. It considers the assistant an integral part of the operating team.

What comprises the system itself?
The MoraVision System has two main components: the MoraScope and the MoraVu3D. The MoraScope is made of two self-contained digital stereoscopic microscopes in one housing. It combines the powers of two zoom stereo microscopes and their HD video cameras into one compact 5-inch cube to provide magnification levels from 0.5Xto 30X. A foot control and built in HD imaging capabilities, for the dental practice and dental education, are standard features. There is no need for a standard optical microscope or additional cameras and accessories. The HDMI outputs insure a superb image quality for recording and viewing. Two adjustable special LCD light sources provide coaxial lighting, important for viewing root canals, and redundancy. The MoraScope is suspended on an ergonomic low profile floor stand that is stable, intuitive and easy to adjust and will not obstruct the view of the monitors. The MoraVu3D is a real time stereoscopic display module based on two HD LCD monitors and a beam splitter. 37-inch monitors are used in landscape view for the operator’s module, while 26-inch monitors in portrait view are used for the assistant’s module. 19-inch modules are available as an option.

How can MoraVision 3D help specialists and GPs provide better patient care?
The benefits of the MoraVision 3D system extend to all phases of dentistry, for specialist and GPs alike. It does not only improve the quality of dental care for the patient, but it can save the back and the neck of the dentist and the assistant. It improves the quality of dental care by virtue of providing an unobstructed magnified view of the operating field, which raises the bar on improving early detection of dental disease and oral pathology, and increasing precision of dental operations. The quality of dental operations is further improved by giving the assistant the unique ability to see the exact operating field and conditions as seen by the operator. This allows the assistant to deliver intelligent and focused assisting in a precise, gentle and effective manner, without prompting and without leaning and craning. For the dentist and the assistant, dentistry has been a disability in progress due to assumption of working postures that are strenuous and harmful to the musculoskeletal structures of their back and neck. The resulting injuries can lead to temporary or permanent disabilities and consequently loss of income. The MoraVision 3D system can extend the productive life of working dentists and assistants and make it more enjoyable and pain free.

What are some of the other benefits of this stereoscopic visual communication tool?
A picture is worth a thousand words. A stereoscopic 3-D picture is worth a thousand pictures, and a stereoscopic 3-D video is worth a thousand 3-D pictures. The amount of visual information that can be conveyed through stereoscopic video is enormous. It does not leave anything to speculation and imagination. Live 3-D video is an effective tool for reducing patient anxiety, an anxiety based on the fear of the unknown. By giving the patient the ability to see the procedure in 3-D, it gives them the power of visual control over the procedure as they become full participants and not only on the receiving end. Empowering the patient with this kind of visual information produces a more educated patient who is more cooperative, motivated, appreciative and one who takes ownership of their problem. Visually educating the staff with office procedures increases their competence, which in turn elevates their morale and excitement about the work they do. Communication with colleagues with referral information using stereoscopic clinical visual records can convey the most comprehensive picture of the clinical condition with accuracy and completeness unmatched by any other method. This can cut down on wasted time and resources for on-site consultations and facilitate the delivery of patient care in a timely fashion.

What sets the MoraVision 3D system apart?
There are several video-vision systems on the market today claiming the same benefits. One of the major differences that makes the MoraVision 3D system unique is ‘stereoscopic vision.’ The other systems are monoscopic and do not provide the operator with accurate depth perception. Instant and accurate hand-eye coordination is essential for precision operations like dentistry and neurosurgery. Working with monoscopic vision is basically working with only one eye. Insurance companies classify vision loss in one eye as 100% disability for dentists. There are other factors to consider with the MoraVision 3D system, such as the short learning curve. If you can operate a computer mouse, you will have no problem operating with the system. All the people who have tested or used the MoraVision 3D system described it as easy to use, fast to learn, and provides unprecedented working comfort, when compared to a traditional microscope or to working without visual aids at all.

Please describe your involvement with the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry.
I joined AMED as a charter member when Dr David Clark called the first meeting in 2002, and I started serving on the board right away. In 2003, I introduced Stereoscopic 3D to the academy in a presentation titled Microdentistry: The Past, the Present and the Future. The power of the three-dimensional teaching model in clinical dentistry was demonstrated and was well received. In 2004 I chaired the scientific session, and we dedicated Saturday morning as the Stereoscopic Session. During the year prior to the meeting, I visited several dental offices with my 3-D video equipment and recorded master microscope operators performing dental procedures during the course of their daily practices and without interruption to their work flow, for their presentations at the stereoscopic session. Those master clinicians were Dr Dennis Shanelec, Dr Mark Friedman, Dr David Garber, Dr Cherylin Sheets, Dr Jacinthe Paquette and Dr Peter Nordland. I also spend a day in the operating room with neurosurgeons Dr Peter Jannetta and Dr Kenneth Casey recording nerve decompression surgeries performed by them and their residents in Pittsburgh. The stereoscopic session and the program proved successful. It was never possible before to show people in mono vision what we really see under the microscope stereoscopically. 3-D video makes that possible. I served as chairman of the program for three years, and we continued and expanded the 3-D into a normal occurrence at AMED. I served as executive director in 2004, and we moved the meeting to Tucson, AZ, USA, for three years. In 2005 I was elected vice president, then went through the chairs and served as president in 2007.

Where do you see microscope dentistry going in the next five to 10 years?
Emerging technologies can play a significant role in advancing the principles of microsurgery and microdentistry and gain acceptance by a larger segment of the practicing dentists. Unfortunately there has been a tremendous resistance to the adoption of these principles, due to several factors:

  • 1. They have to be convinced of the value the new technology brings to their life and to patient care.
  • 2. Pride. Human nature tells us that when people are challenged to make a change, pride kicks in, in an attempt to defend the statuesque and their position. People will not change until they would consider change as a victory not defeat, particularly when they have been proud of what they have already been doing.
  • 3. Learning a new skill is intimidating and exposes the person vulnerabilities. Have you tried upgrading your software lately? This is particularly notable when the new skill to be acquired does not perceptibly change the outcome. They argue that good crowns last for 20 years. How much longer will they last if made with the new technique?
  • 4. While a microscope is relatively expensive, loss of productivity due to a steep learning curve is much more costly to the practitioner. Dentists are people too. They have financial obligations like anyone else. Taking on a project like the microscope will compete for the limited resources.
  • 5. The necessity to change will be dictated by changing the standards of care. Setting a new standard of care has to come from the educational institutions. The educational institutions are manned by people, too. Please refer to 1, 2 and 3 above.

By bringing the comfort of posture independent stereoscopic vision, ease of use, a short learning curve and ease of documentation to microscope magnification, the profession should find it more compelling to adopt this new paradigm for improving the standards of dental care, for both the patient and the treating team. Also, bringing real-time stereoscopic video vision and simplified stereoscopic documentation to clinical dental education can create a new paradigm in teaching. The required one-on-one instructions in the clinical setting can now be extended to a much larger number of students through stereoscopic video. This new clinical teaching method can be more economical, efficient and effective. It can convey the three dimensional information, as seen by the operator from his/her own perspective, to the student, and visa versa, for monitoring student performance in the clinic. Bringing stereoscopic vision to clinical teaching, documentation and presentation can fill the gaps in conceptual understandings of the clinical tasks under consideration and would allow the student to start practicing, immediately, for proficiency instead of wasting valuable time looking for direction to prove or disprove a point of understanding.

Change will come to the profession when the compelling evidence is accepted based on a perceived need assessment. It will only come when the time is right.

If you could send one key message to dentists and specialists, what would it be?The microscope is not the end. It is the means to challenging the statuesque and achieving a higher quality in patient care. Constant decisions are made every second during exams and treatments based on visual feedback. To drive the point home please allow me to use the following example: An image made of 20-by-30 pixels has 600 pixels, or 600 points of information. The same image made of 200-by-300 pixels has 60,000 pixels or 60,000 points of information. The second image is considered 10 times larger than the smaller image. However, it has 59,400 points of information more than the first image. Or, the first image has 1 percent of the information present in the second image. Could it be that if we were not working with 10X magnification, we are then working with 1 percent of the information that could be available to us? When performing a dental operation, clinical decisions have to be made constantly. Visual feedback is the main source of information upon which clinical decisions are made. Dentistry has been and will continue to be an assumption based endeavor. The closer our assumptions are to reality, the better will be our decisions leading to more successful outcomes. Microscope magnification improves the odds in ‘assumption-based dentistry.’

You can’t diagnose or treat what you can’t see. You don’t know what you can’t see, and you can’t see what you don’t know.

The Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry (AMED) recently presented its coveted Master of Innovation award to Dr Assad Mora. The award, established in 2004 as the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an AMED member, was presented to Dr Mora in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of microdentistry. Past recipients of the award include such notables as Dr Gary Carr in 2004, Dr Dennis Shanelec in 2005, Dr Eric Herbranson in 2006 and Dr Mark Friedman in 2007.

Reference(s): Original Article Published by Dental-Tribune.com, MoraVision.com

Infographic(s): MoraVision.com

Author (s): Fred Michmershuizen, Dental Tribune America

Documentation through the Dental operating microscope (DOM) 3d: from frustration to fascination

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The possibility to capture clinical images, to tape a part of a procedure is one of the desired features offered by the dental operating microscope (DOM). Sharing visual information with the patient and demonstrate clinical procedures to the dental team and to colleagues is invaluable for better communication and understanding. Finally it guides us in choosing the best solutions and treatment plan, meeting the expectations and needs of the patient. It helps us build successful in-office- as well as referred dentistry in a team-setting with all parties involved: patient, patients’ family members, dentist, specialists, lab technician’s assistants, hygienists.

“A picture is worth 1000 words” – this goes especially for the DOM. It allows us to show what is often difficult to explain in words to be properly understood by patients, who most probably have no idea of their dental problems, nor of our proficiency to solve them. Microscope documentation helps us in sharing exact, magnified images of damage, explaining diagnosis and treatment options, involving our patient into the decision making and treatment planning, and showing final results after treatment. By such open and honest communication we gain confidence and satisfaction.

However choosing the right documentation system that fulfills our needs and expectations is difficult. Some dental practitioners search for the most comfortable and user friendly system for in-office communication between the patient and the dental staff in daily practice. Some of us need more sophisticated tools that allow high quality captures for sharing with colleagues, students, for educational purposes, lecturing or publications… Choosing expensive but inappropriate equipment causes frustration and financial loss. And this happens so often as there is an enormous variety of systems on the market…How to make the right decisions when choosing the best possible and most effective way of documentation for you, for your office, and for your brand of microscope?

Therefore, personalized and individual advice from an internationally renowned expert in the field is highly valuable and can keep you from unnecessary problems and useless investments. His or Her practical tips and tricks will help you integrate microscope documentation into your daily workflow. His or her extensive experience will solve the practical problems that you encounter with your equipment.

Should it be a video solution? Or should I buy a compact camera? Why are the costs so high? What are the benefits of an „out of the box” system like the MediLive Mindstream or ImageBox? What is the influence of the light source?

Resource(s): ESMD.info

Infographics(s): MoraVision.com 3D

Author: Dr. Laura Andriukaitienė, ESMD President