Integrating a dental microscope into your practice should feel like a “win” for enhanced visualization, improved treatment outcomes, and reduced fatigue. However, like any new tech in your operatory, the learning curve to get proficient can seem overwhelming.
To help dental microscope users get the most from their equipment and maximize its advantages, many doctors seek professional training to expedite their proficiency. And, keep in mind, seeking training isn’t only for new microscope users, experienced users as well as those just researching if a microscope is right for them can also find ways to continue their education.
Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to find in-person, hands-on as well as virtual trainings on a dental microscope.. with more dedicated users there are more teachers and training facilities than ever before.
PRO TIP: Remember that the effectiveness of training depends on the quality of the program and the experience of the instructors. Choose reputable and accredited training sources to ensure you receive valuable and relevant training on using a dental microscope in your dental practice.
Here are 5 common places where you can get training on a dental microscope, as well as examples recommended by your team here at Global Surgical.
#1 Hands-on Workshops & Courses
Most dental microscope manufacturers can recommend workshops, seminars, and training sessions specifically designed to familiarize users with their equipment (often hosted by end-users with deep product familiarity). These sessions cover various aspects of microscope operation, adjustment, and maintenance.
Here are a few of our most common recommendations for high-quality hands-on workshops, as well as a little about each and some of their upcoming dental microscope training courses.
Keep in mind, this is just a short-list of our common recommendations, but there are so many more opportunities available for training in your area. Ask us about upcoming dental microscope trainings near you by completing our online form here.
West Coast – US & Canada
- San Francisco Bay Area | IDEA Microscopic Dentistry courses
- Newport Beach, CA | Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute (NCOFI)
- Provo, UT | Gordon J. Christensen Practical Clinical Courses
- North Vancouver, BC Canada | Dr. Glenn van As Microscope Training Courses
- North Vancouver, BC Canada | Endodontics Unsponsored by Dr. Mark Olesen
- Tacoma, WA | Bioclear Live Courses with Dr. David Clark
East Coast US
- Middletown, NY | Dental Microscopy Integration for the Restorative Dentist with Dr. Donato Napoletano
- Charlottesville, VA | Surgical Microscopy with Dr. Wayne Remington
- Charlotte, NC | AMED Dental Microscope Training And Immersion
The Hague, NL | Centre Innovative Dental Education (CIDE)
The Interdisciplinary Dental Education Academy (IDEA) is driven by dentists for dentists. IDEA has become recognized as a premier provider of dental CE by proving intensive hands-on training in a small class size (only 16 participants per course).
Below is a schedule of their upcoming dental microscope training courses for 2024:
- Pierpaolo Cortellini, MD DDS: Periodontal Regeneration around Compromised Teeth and Implants: Theory, Video Demonstrations, and Hands-on February 21-24, 2024 [SOLD OUT]
- John West, DDS MSD & Jordan West, DDS MSD Mini-Residency in State-of-the-Art Endodontics: Taking Your Endodontics BEYOND the Next Level May 1-4, 2024 [SOLD OUT]
- John West, DDS MSD & Jordan West, DDS MSD Endodontics Hands On: West Root Canal Treatment June 5-8, 2024
- Pierpaolo Cortellini, MD DDS: Periodontal Regeneration around Compromised Teeth and Implants: Theory, Video Demonstrations, and Hands-on September 23-26, 2024
Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute (NCOFI)
The Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute is a state-of-the-art working laboratory designed by clinicians for clinicians. NCOFI offers several courses available including an introduction to dental microscopy, mastering the arts of oral plastic surgery, state of the art dental hygiene and microscope centered comprehensive examination & modern dental photography and imaging.
Their facility is fully equipped for technique sensitive training, a setting for intensive learning in a stress free environment has been achieved. Each work station is equipped with an especially designed clinical microscope, manikin heads for simulated patient care, and personal video monitors to observe live demonstrations.
Additionally, there are ergonomically designed operator chairs, three modular demonstration stations in the teaching lab, and three teaching operatories for live patient demonstrations as seen through the clinical microscope. Students have multidisciplinary, hands-on mentoring experiences with some of the top international teacher/clinicians in the world. Classes have received rave reviews from all the participants enrolled in these innovative courses.
NCOFI is looking to kickoff new dental microscope training courses in 2024 and beyond. Follow their curriculum page for latest dates and sign up: https://www.ncofi.org/curriculum/.
Gordon J. Christensen Practical Clinical Courses
Practical Clinical Courses (PCC) is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Dr. Gordon Christensen’s background and the proven reliability of his dentistry presentations have made him one of the most admired speakers in dentistry for several decades.
He has helped initiate two new dental schools, delivered over 50,000 hours of continuing education, co-founded the most well-known private dental research institute in the world CLINICIANS REPORT (formerly Clinical Research Associates), produced hundreds of multimedia dental presentations, and has written hundreds of articles and several books.
His PCC events are structured around providing exceptional and experienced speakers/trainers to provide a full-spectrum of understanding on the course material. The next upcoming PCC for dental microscope training is below:
- John West, DDS MSD: Making Endodontics Fun, Predictable, and Profitable April 26-27, 2024 | Provo, UT
Dr. Glenn van As Microscope Training Courses
Dr. Glenn A van As began using the dental operating microscope in 1997 for his dentistry. His state of the art dental office has 9 operatories (2 new A Series and 7 Global G6 units). Since 1997, Glenn has worked exclusively with dental microscopes for all of his clinical dentistry. He has travelled throughout North America and Internationally, lecturing and publishing about the benefits and challenges of incorporating microscopes into daily dental practice.
In addition to training for the operator, Dr. Glenn van As’ courses also focus on supporting the dental assistants. Dental assistants learn four-handed dentistry, plus how to trim and make provisional crowns under the microscope during the course as well as how to work smoothly with the dentist.
Dr. Mark Olesen practices endodontics in North Vancouver. Since the year 2000 he has given small group ‘hands-on’ courses at his office. Today, over 2100 dentists have attended.
The goal of this educational clinic is to provide current and unbiased knowledge on the concepts and techniques of endodontic treatment. During this two-day clinic, attendees will gain hands-on training with a dental microscope, as well as broader techniques and tools for diagnosing and treating complex endodontic cases.
See the upcoming Endodontics Unsponsored 2023-24 calendar (see Course #2 – Microscopes):Friday and Saturday, January 26-27, 2024 –WAITLIST
- Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, 2024 – WAITLIST
- Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, 2024 – WAITLIST
- Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2024 – SPACE AVAILABLE
- Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, 2024 (U.S. Thanksgiving weekend) – SPACE AVAILABLE
Bioclear Live Courses with Dr. Clark
Dr. Clark founded the Bioclear Clinic and is the inventor of the Bioclear Method. In his quest to bring composite dentistry out of the nineteenth century, Dr. Clark redefined the way we think about restorative dentistry by developing modern systems and methods for cavity preparations, special matrices, wedges, separators and bonding, restorative and polishing materials and methods. His injection molding technique has created a third modality with Monolithic Restorations.
Today, Dr. Clark partners with other renown experts in the field of restorative dentistry as well as endodontics to present high-quality hands-on workshops and learn the Bioclear Method. These courses provide dentists with the tools, equipment and training to allow for longer lasting, stronger, and aesthetically superior composites.
Below is the next available course for hands-on training with a microscope, as well as additional learning objectives.
Dental Microscopy Integration for the Restorative Dentist with Dr. Napoletano
Dr. Donato (Dino) Napoletano is a restorative dentist and long-time Global microscope user. In addition to owning and operating Donato Dental in Middletown, New York, Dr. Napoletano has conducted hands-on microscope training sessions both privately and at Tufts University’s GPR program.
To get started with Dr. Napoletano’s learnings, check out our complete guide based on his teachings: Dental Microscope How-To Guide: Integration & Positioning.
Surgical Microscopy with Dr. Remington
Dr. Wayne Remington is a general dentist and long-time Global microscope user. Dr. Remington has a love of teaching with a Visiting Assistant Professorship at UVA, as well as developing the second surgical microscope training center in the U.S. with the Virginia Microscope Training Center.
He has taught courses in surgical microscope use nationally and internationally, including courses in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Lithuania. He is currently head of teaching faculty with the Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry and conducts training classes for AMED internationally.
To learn about upcoming training dates or any other inquiry, reach out to Dr. Remington, call 434-242-7744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMED Dental Microscope Training And Immersion
The Academy of Microscope Enhanced Dentistry (AMED) is an International Association of General and Restorative Dentists, Pediatric Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Prosthodontists, Oral Surgeons and Associated Disciplines.
Every year, they offer a 2-day intensive, hands-on courses designed for any owner of a dental microscope, from new to experienced to even prospective buyers of the dental microscope. Each learner has their own operatory and the course can be adjusted to their level of experience. The goal of the course is teaching the correct way of using this tool.
There are 2 dates posted for 2024, with more to come - including virtual learning.
- June 7-8, 2024
- November 1-2, 2024
For more course information and upcoming dates, visit: microscopedentistry.com.
Centre Innovative Dental Education (CIDE)
CIDE in The Hague/Netherlands is an ultra-modern center for dental education, which offers innovative training courses. It is the ideal atmosphere for sharing knowledge and exploring and developing new practical skills.
For an updated list on upcoming CIDE endodontic training courses, visit: www.cide.nl/cursussen.
#2 Dental Conferences & Events
Dental conferences and events often include sessions or hands-on workshops on various dental technologies, including dental microscopes. Look for conferences that have specific sessions dedicated to dental microscopy or endodontics, where you can learn from experts and gain valuable insights into using dental microscopes effectively.
There are countless domestic (US) and international dental conferences happening near you throughout the year. To help narrow your options, we’ve prepared a comprehensive list of the top upcoming association meetings, conferences, courses and more for dentists and specialty practitioners. Check out our article: Top Dental & Specialty Events to Attend in 2023.
#3 Local Dental Societies & Study Clubs
Dental societies and study clubs often organize educational events and workshops for their members. Some of these events may focus on dental technology, including the use of dental microscopes. Joining a local dental society or study club can provide networking opportunities and access to educational resources.
#4 Academic Institutions & Residencies
Some academic institutions and dental residency programs may incorporate training on dental microscopes as part of their curriculum. If you are a dental student or resident, inquire with your institution about the availability of microscope training opportunities.
#5 Online Resources & Webinars
Numerous online resources, webinars, and video tutorials are available that cover different aspects of dental microscopy. These resources can be especially helpful for familiarizing yourself with the basics of using a dental microscope before attending hands-on training.
This year, we’ve sponsored several turn-key CE webinars to help promote both the use of and training with a dental microscope. Check the live recording, or register for the upcoming events, in the list below:
- Inside Dentistry CE Webinar: Microscopes for the General Dentist with Dr. Michael Wenzel
- Endo Symposium Webinar – Featured Speaker: Dr. Juan Carlos Ortiz Hugues
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Many of these premier dental training opportunities continue growing each year thanks to continued interest and support from the greater dental community. Your thirst for knowledge and education makes these events such a success year after year.
For over 25 years, we’ve promoted in-person trainings across the globe. In this time, we’ve provided instructor and classroom scopes as well as additional tools and resources to give our end-users the best possible training experience.
We’ve also exhibited at many of the world’s leading dental community meetings, both large and small, to promote the use of surgical microscopes in dentistry. Bringing our scopes as well as our other offerings have helped thousands of dental professionals truly see and feel the precision and maximized comfort of using a dental microscope in their practice.
As you sit down to plan your training schedule, consider some of these heavy-hitting courses and events happening near you. And, of course, don’t be shy – stop by and see us at Global Surgical. We’d love to see you!
And, if you’ve never experienced the benefits of a dental microscope first-hand but are eager to get started or have questions, we are here to help! Reach out to a sales representative today by reaching out to us at 800-861-3585 or by clicking the button below.