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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Dental Assisting
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Glenn A. van As, DMD
Peer Reviewer(s): Donato Napoletano, DMD
Item#: L0875
Contents: 1 Course Book (36 pages)
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Incorporating Magnification Into Your Dental Practice, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # L0875
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Review Date: March 2, 2018

Expiration Date: March 1, 2021

Original Release Date: March 3, 2012

Dentists must observe microscopic attention to detail in the use of both materials and techniques to achieve the clinical and aesthetic excellence that their patients seek. With higher expectations in quality dental cosmetics, the need for function-with little to no intervention- has created a challenge with many clinicians.

This basic-level course, designed for all dental team members, explains the basics of incorporating magnification into dental practice. The course describes the evolving use of magnification in the field of dentistry. The concept of the magnification continuum is also explained, and the challenges of incorporating magnification into daily dental practice are identified.


AGD Subject Code: 770

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.
  • Identify the magnification alternatives available in dental practice.
  • Discuss the concept of the magnification continuum and its impact on dental clinicians.
  • Explain the advantages of using surgical telescopic loupes in dentistry.
  • Explain the advantages of using a dental operating microscope in dentistry.
  • Discuss the challenges of incorporating magnification into the daily practice of 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 to 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. 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. Dr. van As has obtained standard proficiency (in argon wave­length) and advanced proficiency (in erbium wavelength) from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. In 2006, he received the Leon Goldman Award for clinical excellence. He is a founding member and past president of the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry and actively contributes to many online 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×. Dr. van As has lectured and published extensively and is in full-time private practice.

Donato Napoletano, DMD, is a graduate of Boston University School of Dental Medicine and has been in a multispecialty private practice in Middletown, New York, 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.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.