SEILER DENTAL MICROSCOPE TESTIMONIALS
I have been using microscopes for six years. It is quite true that there is a "learning curve" which will vary from person to person. However, once past the curve, there is no comparison to the quality of treatment one is able to achieve when utilizing the magnification and clarity of the microscope. It also reduces the time of treatment (most notably in teeth with calcified pulp chambers and canals) and makes it possible to remove broken instruments in the roots. It enables you to work in a back-sparing comfortable position and be more relaxed during long procedures. In short, there are just no contraindications to utilizing this tool in your practice.
I think that endodontists who do not routinely use the microscope for all of their cases are doing themselves a disservice. It just has too many practical benefits for you not to take advantage of it. Once you've gotten comfortable with the microscope you will never practice the same way without it again. Microscope use in general dentistry is a different matter. I think it will enhance your work and enable you to perfect your skills.
During my initial search for a particular microscope I evaluated every available microscope on the market at the time. Fortunately for me this was early in the push to sell microscopes to endodontists and I had the luxury of keeping them in my office for up to six weeks at a time. I usually had two or three different microscopes in the office at the same time to compare their functionality. It took me about three months of comparison shopping before I selected the Seiler microscope. It is an outstanding value. Its optics are as good as any microscope on the market. It is easy to set up and use. It works as well for our purposes as any instrument on the market. I now have two Seiler microscopes in my office and would not even think of practicing without them. Although I've rarely had an occasion to take advantage of their customer support because of the unparalleled reliability of the instrument, the one time I needed something they were unbelievable. I wanted to exchange a part, and, not only did the send me the new part within three days, but they took care of returning the old part (at their expense). A week later I decided I preferred the original part and they, to my surprise, did the same thing. In fact, I'm convinced that they would have done just about anything within their power to satisfy me in a prompt and courteous manner had I needed something else. I can't recommend this company highly enough. I urge you to try them for yourself. You will be glad you did. Anyone with any questions can call me at the number below. I'll be happy to discuss my experiences with you at any time.
MICHAEL H. STERN, D.D.S., Ph.D., INC.
DEBORA F. LEVINE, D.D.S., M.S.
5959 West Loop South, Ste 640
Bellaire, Texas 77401
Practice Limited to Endodontics
Dear Fellow Dentist:
I have been practicing Air Abrasive Microdentistry for 6 years, and more recently, hard and soft tissue Laser Dentistry. Originally, I was using 2 ½ power loupes for all procedures, and graduated to 6x loupes three years ago. I was excited about my profession, knowing I was providing my patients with some of the best dentistry in the world.
I was introduced to the Seiler Series 900 dental operating microscope by my friend and mentor, J.Tim Rainey, DDS, MAGD, and my vision of dentistry has forever changed since.
I first utilized the scope for endodontic procedures, which gave me a feel for the scope and shortened the learning curve. As I began scope use in other aspects of general dentistry, the benefits have become more noticeable.
Eyestrain was greatly improved, and my posture became much more comfortable, using the inclinable binoculars. The reduced muscle fatigue in my upper back was worth its weight in gold.
I had been told by a colleague that use of a dental operating microscope would "increase my quality of care...not particularly my bottom line". In retrospect, both have improved dramatically.
Patient acceptance through visualization on a live monitor (which can also be taped) was better than the intraoral camera, and healthy teeth could be pointed out as easily as unhealthy teeth. We added a wireless microphone which allows me to narrate intraoral exams on video, which we can review with the patients, or let them take home as a great marketing tool.
As the transition from the naked eye to loupes allowed me to diagnose treatment I was originally missing, so the transition from loupes to the Seiler Series 900 allowed me to diagnose treatment I was also missing. The bottom line-increased case presentation and acceptance.
Dr. Rainey once said "you can't be a Microdentist without having a microscope". Now that I own a Seiler scope, I couldn't agree more. To understand the intricacies of early detectable oral lesions, and then be able to treat it with minimally invasive technology and microrestoratives is truly rewarding...being able to see what you are diagnosing and treating, and recording it to show others is FANTASTIC.
Michael F. Tillery, DDS,FAGD
3410 N. High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224
Dentistry has become so much more rewarding since we have been using our Seiler microscope.
I am constantly amazed by all the new anatomy that I can see with it. Our patients think that it is wonderful to be able to see their procedures on the monitor and can tell that the magnification is beneficial to them. They are also fascinated with being on TV that they require little to no anesthesia. The kids also think that it is great.
The Seiler microscope has been so beneficial that we have actually just received our second one for our other operatory.
Thanks for all your help.
Stephen T. Fleetwood DDS,MAGD
After four years of using 4.5X magnification, I followed the recommendation of a friend and tried the Seiler M-900 microscope. WOW! I continue to be amazed at how much more detail I see as I prepare the teeth. Previously I had considered the microscopes to be more of a diagnostic tool for endodontists but as I use air abrasion daily, the conservative nature of the preparations demands more attention to detail. These details are presented clearly with the Seiler M-900 scope. I really enjoy the multiple powers of magnification available on my model. I generally work with 10X or 16X and save the higher powers for diagnostic efforts.
We all have experienced viewing microscopic slides in school or work but actually performing intraoral procedures using the scope allows for much more precision and preserves the structural integrity of the tooth much better. Probably the most frequent question I am asked about the scope is concerning the "clinical significance" of the small things I am enabled to see. My answer is simply that knowing what I know today, I would prefer the scope be used when I am the patient having many procedures done.
I consider my scope an investment in the enhanced health of my patients and it is also a great help to relieve some neck problems that many dentists incur. Bottom line...I love mine!
D. Alan Hays, DMD
285 S. Central Ave
PO Box 2270
Umatilla, FL 32784
At first glance the sight of a microscope in the dental operatory may seem as foreign as a Satellite-guided Global Positioning system in a car. Once behind the oculars, my entire understanding of "precision and predictability" in dental practice changed forever. If you haven't yet experienced loupes, do so yesterday. The leap from the naked eye to a great pair of loupes nothing short of miraculous. BUT... the quantum leap from loupes to microscopy will leave any excellence-oriented practitioner BREATHLESS. The lighting, resolution, and magnification of the Seiler system redefine excellence and precision."
Tom Orent, DMD
1000 Gems Seminars & CEO
Gems Publishing, USA, Inc.
I am a fellow general dentist that has been utilizing the Seiler dental operating microscope ( DOM) in my practice for nearly five years. I have accumulated over 7500 hours of treatment time with the DOM and it has had a significant impact on the routine treatment I provide my patients. Like most of you, I thought the DOM was only for performing better endodontic procedures. In the early 90's I had taken several courses with the world leaders in endodontics and I was introduced to the microscope and the greatly added benefits that good lighting and significant magnification could have on the treatability and outcome of my endodontic procedures.
I was a long time user of dental loupes and headlights and experienced the significant benefits that they had to offer. I was utilizing several different magnifications of loupes ranging from 2.5-6X and I thought I had all that I needed. It was at the point I became proficient with the 6X loupes that I realized that I was just at the beginning of seeing what actually needed to be treated. The old adage "you can't treat what you can't see and you can't see what you don't know" was brought to light. It became very clear to me that if I wanted to perform my endodontics like the specialist that DOM would have to be an integral part of my armamentarium.
After utilizing my new scopes for six months, I started to experiment on other procedures. I first started with those difficult areas: the distal of #1 and #16. The near impossible not only became easier but my treatment, in these situations, became very predictable. I quickly included the DOM in all of my operative and fixed prosthetic treatment.
It has been five years since my introduction to the DOM and I utilize it in the same manner as my colleagues would utilize a pair of loupes. I currently own seven Seiler microscopes, all of which are equipped with imagining equipment and co-observer binoculars. The DOM has added a level of sophistication to my daily treatment that can only be replicated by some of the best specialists in Washington D.C. area: I currently practice in Bethesda and Oxon Hill, MD. I have found that the DOM allows the general dentist to accomplish the treatment protocol with that of the specialist.
When one is able to see the problem at hand through incredible lighting and high magnification, the mystique of what the specialist does is removed. Our treatment goals become easier and astronomically better!
The bottom line is that you will enjoy what you do every day a lot more, you will do it better, and you will stop referring out those lucrative cases to the specialists. I have personally found that my yearly production has doubled in the past five years along with a significant improvement in my treatment. What more could you ask for. Stop hesitating and get involved with the best thing that has happened to dentistry since G.V. Black.
Dr. Paul Piontkowski
PS. If you have further questions or comments please contact me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 301 567-3051.
For what it is worth from someone that has used the microscope routinely probably longer than anyone in dentistry, I would like to convey some thoughts As they are random I will list them as follows:
1. I think referring to the scope as an instrument reserved for special uses and therefore used in only one operatory as a "surgical scope" is a mistake. The routine use should be emphasized in each operatory. One can't know the scope's worth until he learns to determine what is and what is not decay though the scope; what is and what is not a leaky crown or crack or whatever. It is routine magnification that make the difference.
2. I think the elitist attitude that it requires months to learn to use the scope and that it requires more time in doing a procedure is only an attitude that can come from lack of experience. If used routinely it should require only a few hours to learn to use the scope effectively and the time saving occurs immediately, particularly in view of the mistakes you are able to avoid. It may not be that a specific procedure is quicker, even though I would argue that it is (how long does it require you to thread a needle without a scope?); it is the tremendous time saved from not having to correct mistakes in the future, i.e. missed decay, etc A case should be made that the scope merits its time saving capabilities.
3. If economical scopes are cost effective, top-end scopes should be even more cost effective. If a bike is better than walking, a motorbike is better yet, less exhausting, faster, etc. Dentists are lead to believe that if they have a scope they have a scope. The attributes of a top-end scope have not been adequately pointed out and dentists make the mistake of buying a scope that proves less than adequate and become disenchanted before they know what can be the real benefits. Marketing needs to be developed for top-end scopes and how they may not be as expensive as dentists might think, as they can replace the overhead light and intra-oral camera. Rather that just using an intra-oral camera for "show and tell" the scope can be used during treatment with huge benefits as well.
4. The dentist needs to know how the scope can benefit his health i.e. posture, eye strain, fatigue, etc.
5. The benefits of being able to grow the practice through scope usage should also be conveyed to the dentist. I am able to give each patient a microscopic video of their treatment procedure, a tremendous practice builder.
6. The dentist also needs to be taught how to document his treatment through the scope - almost a necessity in this litigious society. The list goes on.
John Mc Spadden DDS
Lookout Mountain, GA