PDF: The microscope and endodontics

It may seem surprising that the microscope is not a high-tech instrument. It has been used in the medical field for over 50 years. 

According to the Zeiss Company, the microscope was first introduced to otolaryngology around 1950, then to neurosurgery in the 1960s, and to endodontics in the early 1990s.

Dentistry, therefore, is about 40 years behind medicine in this respect. As in medicine, the incorporation of the microscope in clinical endodontics has had profound effects on the way endodontics is done and has changed the field fundamentally. 

For this reason, the 1998 American Dental Association accreditation requirement change states that all accredited United States postgraduate programs must teach the use of the microscope in nonsurgical and surgical endodontics. This was a giant step forward in the advancement of endodontics.

This article outlines the key prerequisites for the use of the microscope in nonsurgical endodontic procedures. 

The placement of a rubber dam prior to any endodontic procedure is an absolute requirement for sterility purposes. This technique is taught at all dental schools.