Patients seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with bodily contortions, flashlights, and mirrors, a patient cannot fully see what the dentist can – that is, until now. With microdentistry, also known as magnified dentistry, Dr. Joseph Heher is able to provide minimally-invasive dental treatments that obtain enhanced results using advanced visual technology. The use of a binocular surgical operating microscope is a drastic upgrade in dental excellence–even more so than magnifying loupes that many dentists use. One can only treat and restore what one can see, and when a tooth is 10 – 16 times larger than the naked eye can see, the end result is more predictable and accurate. Restorations can be made smaller, conserving tooth structure with a thoroughness and attention to detail that is unparalleled in dentistry. Microdentistry can also be utilized in cosmetic dentistry treatments to allow for more pleasing aesthetic results. To learn more about the treatments we provide using microdentistry, contact our office in Salisbury, MD to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Heher.
"I had the best, most comprehensive and thorough dental exam I have ever had in my 58 years on this planet. Being a healthcare professional, I can assure you that Dr Heher's emphasis on prevention as well as his attention to educating patients on their oral health is extremely rare among his piers. His diagnostic accumen is impeccable: he found the quick fix to a sensitivity I had on a tooth, which I was told by other dentists had a crack and needed extraction and implant - can you imagine? To me, Dr Heher exemplifies the model GP in General Dentistry. Morevover, his office staff: Marie, Karen and Barb are delightful, personable, and efficient. I felt at home, "heard" - yes, heard ! how many times does one get to speak at length in a dental office? - and cured. It is a pleasure to go to my dentist now. Thank you Dr Heher and Staff."- N.T. / Google / Sep 14, 2017
Besides direct visualization of your tooth that has been greatly magnified, the image can be transmitted through a fiber optic cable to a computer monitor imaging screen where patients and staff can see what Dr. Heher sees. This also allows for better communication between Dr. Heher and patients as images can be captured via a camera that you can comfortably view from the dental chair later on. You will be able to see your mouth on the screen and become an informed partner in your dental care as Dr. Heher explains your treatment process. With microdentistry, photographs can make documentation available to insurance carriers to emphasize any conditions found.
What to Expect
Patients viewing their dental condition enlarged on a computer screen often are amazed. The digital camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing Dr. Heher the opportunity to prevent additional problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing immediate pain or symptoms. The camera’s objective survey can also demonstrate the effectiveness of regular home hygiene routine. Our dental hygienists or Dr. Heher can recommend ways to improve your at-home care based on their findings.
Advanced Treatment Options
With microdentistry, using a surgical binocular operating microscope for diagnostic and restorative purposes at our Salisbury, MD practice, Dr. Heher is one of only a handful of general dentists in the entire mid-Atlantic region using this technology to improve the care he delivers to patients. It allows his team of dental professionals to offer more effective and accurate treatments in addition to helping inform your overall oral health and ways that you can improve it. Contact our staff today to learn more and to schedule a consultation and benefit from our experienced dentist Dr. Heher.