Top 5 Considerations for DSOs: Dental Microscopes

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of dental care, Dental Service Organizations (DSOs) have emerged as a dominant force. Unlike solo practices, DSOs often oversee multiple dental clinics, pooling resources and centralizing certain administrative functions. As technology plays an increasingly critical role in dental care, one tool stands out for its impact on clinical outcomes as well as promoting long-term ergonomics for each doctor: the dental microscope.


Investing in dental microscopes is a strategic move for DSOs aiming to provide specialized dental services, such as endodontic therapies and restorative dentistry, across their managed practices.

If you’re responsible for equipment-related purchases for a DSO, you’ll likely want to research and think about the financial aspects, key features, customer service reputation, warranties and any additional factors that will influence your decision.

Today, we’re going to take a deep dive into our top 5 considerations when it comes to buying a dental microscope.

For over 25 years, microscopes have been the “big brother” to dental loupes for higher-power magnification in dentistry. The increased level of magnification and improved ergonomics have been the leading reasons dentists have upgraded their loupes to a dental microscope.

1. Budgeting and ROI

Budgeting for a DSO is a different ball game. When considering purchasing dental microscopes, DSOs must factor in the total cost for multiple units across various practices. It’s also worth negotiating for volume discounts and calculating the potential return on investment. A dental microscope might initially appear as a significant expenditure, but its benefits in terms of improved clinical outcomes can justify the investment.

2. The Importance of Standardization

Consistency is the key. By choosing a specific model or brand across all associated practices, DSOs can streamline training, maintenance, and the process of ordering replacement parts.

3. Warranty and Maintenance

Given the number of units and the geographic spread of clinics, understanding the terms of warranty and the feasibility of servicing the microscopes becomes essential.

For more on this topic, we’ve expanded in this article: Comparing Dental Microscope Warranties.

4. Documentation Capabilities

The ability to capture high-resolution images or videos can be a game-changer for patient consultations, referrals, and record-keeping (including insurance claims). Look for a manufacturer which offers several compatible options, including HD and 4K camera adapters, and confirm these are easy-to-learn and easy-to-use during procedures.

For more on this topic, keep reading: Dental Microscopes & Documentation: Getting the Most from Your Scope.

5. Installation and Portability

Considering the layout and space constraints of each clinic can guide whether a fixed or portable model is more suitable. Here at Global, we find DSOs gravitate to our unique floor-mount design with ability to transport between operatories. We also offer a quick disconnect, allowing your clinicians to detach their microscope optics from the mount arm (floorstand) with an accompanying carrying case for safe transport between offices.

More Value with a Global Scope

At Global Surgical, we are committed to your total satisfaction across your organization by providing a comprehensive guarantee. Our philosophy is a simple one—to keep the burden of responsibility in our court, not yours.

If you’re considering a microscope purchase for a DSO and want to learn more about our scopes, service and accessories, we are here to help!

We’ve been in the business of dental microscopy for over 25 years, and we’re proud to be a US-based manufacturer with all parts manufactured in St. Louis, MO. We’ve helped thousands of dental and specialty practices see the benefits of high magnification through a dental microscope, backed by our commitment to your satisfaction from our limited lifetime warranty.

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