This lecture focuses on the main prosthetic aspects of increased magnification as it applies to precision and esthetics. In recent years, the stereomicroscope has become an important component of dentistry—from endodontics to periodontology, from prostheses to dental technique—and has been used in surgery and the laboratory since 1988. Mega-magnification plays a fundamental role in each step of the fabrication of a fixed prosthesis. Precision, function, and esthetics are the main components of prosthetic dentistry. During this presentation, you will learn the importance of marginal accuracy and integrity; understand the proper magnification for several restorative procedures; and improve soft tissue handling during margin placement.
Domenico Massironi, MD, DMD, maintains his private practice in Milan, Italy, where he specializes in implantology and prosthetics. Since 1988, he has conducted extensive research on precision prosthetic restoration using the stereomicroscope. Dr Massironi is an internationally known lecturer and has published several books, including Precision in Prosthetic Restoration (Quintessence; coauthored with Alberto Battistelli and Romeo Pascetta) and Precision in Dental Esthetics (Quintessence; coauthored with Romeo Pascetta and Giuseppe Romeo). He is also an active member of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry and a diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.