When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Foley, Dr. Jacobson, and the entire team utilizes the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power microscopes, called loupes, to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using a microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Digital Imaging/ Digital X-rays
Our team chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see many things we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Our practice utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 70 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information to allow us to better plan each phase of your treatment.
Digital imaging also allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be gum tissue, apthous ulcers (cold sores), or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. We use Laser dentistry for soft tissue related procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Root canals
- Gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
The team at RSD utilizes Intraoral Camera technology to help enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera that allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! It also allows us to watch for changes in soft or hard tissues anomalies over time to ensure the proper timing of diagnosis and treatment.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies. This can help us attain additional insurance coverage at times when the insurance companies may deny your claims.