Fiber Optics: A Must For Your Dental Practice

Updated: Jan 4

Why cutting-edge dentists choose fiber optic lighting for the many needs of their practice.


It's no secret that dentists face many challenges while working in a patient's mouth. The problems associated with working in a small, inaccessible and dark environment are obvious. Proper illumination of the mouth is crucial for providing the best dental care. Illuminating without obstructing your work area is also a priority. Both of these tasks can be achieved with fiber optics.


Dental exam rooms have traditionally been, and mostly still are, equipped with overhead lighting. For many dentists, this type of lighting is lacking in several ways. There is a constant need to adjust the light and inadvertently light gets shined in the patient's eyes. Fiber optic lighting allows you increased illumination with less intraprocedure adjustments than overhead lighting and it directs a focused beam of light exactly where you want and need it most: inside the mouth.


Shadowing is also a problem associated with overhead lighting. Your hands and tools often block the overhead light source from entering inside the mouth. In order to do an adequate job of lighting your work area, the light source should come from the area you want to illuminate: inside the mouth. Fiber optics provide intense focal illumination directly where you need it without shadowing.


Some intraoral light sources are bulky and interfere with your already limited work space. Using fiber optics, even the most narrow of cables can transmit a large amount of light. These narrow cables transmit intense light to your instruments without disrupting your access.


Tools that use fiber optics to provide light inside the patients mouth are easy to use and require very little training for all staff members to utilize. When your dental hygienists and assistants can take advantage of improved illumination they can provide you with a more thorough list of suspected issues. As the practitioner, your working life will be enhanced greatly.


Fiber optic transillumination tools are the preferred instrument for using transillumination as a diagnostic aid. Many dentists currently use transillumination during visual inspections to view internal structures of the teeth.


Fiber optic transillumination is used to diagnose and inspect:

- caries

- cracks

- canal orifices

- extent of tooth decay

To learn more about using fiber optic transillumination, read our FOTI blog.


At Ascentcare Dental Products, we have designed numerous dental instruments that utilize fiber optics to illuminate your work area without limiting your access.


The Titan Transilluminator is a versatile, fiber optic illuminator with multiple functions. Simple and easy to use, this diagnostic instrument helps detect anterior and posterior caries, and aids in visualization of root and crown fractures and root canal orifice.



The Radical Reflector illuminated mouth mirror was engineered to address intraoral lighting and indirect vision. This mirror offers enhanced capabilities to diagnose and provide surgical treatment in difficult to see and reach areas unlike anything on the market.



The Lighted Saliva Sidekick mouth prop attachment adds intraoral lighting to your hands-free saliva ejector tube holder, all while maintaining a low profile and enabling optimal physical and visual access.




Incredibly bright, simple to use and sterilizable, the intraoral Bite Light attachment for the Bite Buddy mouth prop illuminates your work area while maintaining an open field.





The HyperLUX light engine provides intense illumination for multiple dental instruments in multiple areas of your practice.  Brighten your work area by magnetically coupling to any one of Ascentcare Dental Product’s illuminated dental instruments, easily directing light to both challenging work areas and difficult areas to diagnose.



Visit our website, call us at (800) 500-0533 or email: sales@ascentcaredental.com to learn more about our fiber optic dental instruments.


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