Dental Microscopy: Restorative Dentistry
A one-day course focusing on the dental operating microscope in restorative dentistry. Dentists new to microscopy will experience the revelation of first time use. Experienced users will learn to improve ergonomics and efficiency, visualise the more difficult areas of the mouth, and to improve patient communications.
What will I learn?
The course aims to develop students' skills in using the dental operating microscope. They will learn the use of and roles of the components. This will not only help when adjusting settings for use but also in deciding which components are most important to their individual needs when purchasing. Participants should finish the day with better restorative skills and an appreciation of the value of an operating microscope to their future practicing lives.
Why should I study this course at the Institute?
The course is lead by Greg Finn, a specialist prosthodontist and experienced clinical lecturer who has routinely used an operating microscope for most procedures since 1997. The microscopes used on the course are provided courtesy of Zeiss and NuView and are engineered to be precise, robust and a joy to use. State of the art clinical and laboratory facilities are utilised for this very hands-on day of learning.
Availability: One day course
Verifiable CPD: 7.5 hours.
- Introduction to the equipment
- Setting up the microscope for the individual operator
- Patient positioning for best access
- Optimal access to the various areas of the mouth
- Nursing roles
- Choice of equipment to use with the microscope
- Restorative techniques
- Ergonomic concepts to improve working comfort
- Image capture and documentation
- Patient communications
Teaching and learning
The course will start with a short presentation followed by a day of practical exercises. Participants will operate on phantom heads using bench mounted Zeiss microscopes. There will also be time spent in the clinical area where students will experience the use of the scope in a clinical setting.
The course will teach the most appropriate magnifications for a range of restorative techniques and how to get access to some of the trickier areas of the mouth. The course instructor, Greg Finn, is a keen photographer and will discuss how to capture outstanding digital images and how these can be shared with patients and colleagues.
Applicants must hold an approved dental qualification.
How to apply
Applications are accepted by post or fax. Please follow the application guidelines.
Applications are accepted until the start date depending on availability. This course operates on a first come first serve basis.
Who can apply?
The course is aimed at both the experienced user and those new to dental microscopy. Novices will be able to ask the experienced how microscopy has changed their practice of dentistry.