• Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants

2 Contact Hours

Author(s): Glenn A. van As, DMD
Peer Reviewer(s): Donato Napoletano, DMD
Item#: L0258
Contents: 1 Course Book (32 pages)
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Incorporating Magnification into Your Dental Practice

Price $19.95
Item # L0258
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Original Release Date: December 1, 2011
Review Date: November 29, 2014
Expiration Date: November 28, 2017

This course presents the basics of incorporating the use of magnification into dental practice. The course describes the evolution of the use of magnification in the field of dentistry along with the magnification alternatives currently available, including surgical telescopic loupes and the dental operating microscope. The concept of the magnification continuum is explained and the challenges of incorporating magnification into the daily practice of dentistry are identified.

AGD Subject Code770

Western Schools designates this activity for 2 continuing education credits.

Course Objectives
  • Discuss the evolution of the use of magnification in the field of dentistry.
  • Describe the resolution of the naked eye and how magnification can improve visual acuity.
  • Discuss the concept of the magnification continuum and its impact on dental clinicians.
  • Explain the advantages of using a dental operating microscope in dentistry.
  • Discuss the challenges of incorporating magnification into the daily practice of dentistry.
  • Identify the magnification alternatives available in dental practice.
  • Explain the advantages of using surgical telescopic loupes in dentistry.
Glenn A. van As, DMD, graduated in 1987 from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada. In addition to being in full-time private practice, he served as an assistant clinical professor at UBC from 1989-1999. His areas of interest and expertise involve the use of the dental operating microscope for all of his clinical dentistry and the use of multiple wavelengths of hard and soft tissue lasers for many procedures in his private general practice. In the last six years, he has lectured, provided hands-on workshops, and published internationally on the clinical value of multiple wavelengths of lasers and the high magnifications attainable with the dental operating microscope. <p xml:lang="en-us" class="about-text">Dr. van As has obtained standard proficiency (in argon wavelength) and advanced proficiency (in erbium wavelength) from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. He received the Leon Goldman Award for clinical excellence in 2006. He is a founding member and past president of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry and actively contributes to many web forums that address topics related to the use of lasers and microscopes in general practice. He is well known for his collection of digital microphotographs and videography captured through the microscope at magnifications of 2.5× to 24×.
Donato Napoletano, DMD, is a graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine and has been in a multispecialty private practice in Middletown, NY, since 1988. Dr. Napoletano has incorporated diverse technologies into his practice including digital radiography, dental computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) systems, surgical microscopes, and three laser wavelengths. The author of numerous articles on new dental technologies, Dr. Napoletano also serves as a consultant helping dentists evaluate, select, and integrate these new technologies into their practices.
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  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.