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MICRO 1 (2010), No. 1     1. Dec. 2010
MICRO 1 (2010), No. 1  (01.12.2010)

Page 42-47

Enhancing Marginal Fit Through Magnification
Hidaka, Toyohiko
Magnification using surgical microscopes has advanced the art and science of restorative dentistry by providing the clinician with significant advantages in the performance of clinical restorative procedures. Understanding these advantages is important to maximizing the overall impact of magnification on restorative dentistry. The most easily recognized benefit for the clinician is the improvement in fine motor skills. The microscope is indispensable in the identification and refinement of preparation design and marginal fit. In the delivery phase, the microscope provides superior detail when examining the internal aspect of the restoration and the accuracy and integrity of the marginal fit. The use of a silicone fit-checking material enhances the evaluation process. Visual assessment of marginal fit using the microscope is significantly more accurate than tactile examination with an explorer. Mastery of the dental microscope ultimately leads to a higher level of treatment, and the resulting professional and personal gratification is of the highest importance for a successful dental practice.