The Dental Surgical Microscope

Dr.Fazli has recently joined our practice. He is a specialist in the field of endodontics. Endodontists are all dentists, however, less than three percent of dentists are endodontists. Endodontists are specialists because they’ve completed an additional two or more years of training beyond dental school. Their additional training focuses on diagnosing tooth pain and performing root canal treatments and other procedures related to the inside of the tooth.  Dr.Fazli prefers to complete his endodontic procedures with the aid of a Dental Operating Microscope.

South County Smiles’ Endodontist Dr.Fazli performs root canal treatment using the surgical microscope.

Dental Operating Microscopes, or dental surgical microscopes, are designed to provide ideal magnification of the area of the mouth being worked on while also allowing the clinician to maintain an ergonomic and comfortable working position. The main reason for the use of a Dental Operating Microscope is to aid in obtaining an optimal view of the tooth. The enhanced magnification they provide can be ideal for use during oral surgery, laser dentistry, restorative procedures, and a range of other clinical situations.

Dr. Fazli highlights several reasons for his preference.

The Magnified Image: Dental microscopes provide magnification up to 30x and also offer the ability to change the view and perspective with the turn of a dial. Dental microscopes also offer a larger depth of field view and a wider field of view than dental loupes offering him the ability to see a more detailed and magnified view of all the areas inside the tooth.
Increased Precision: The previously mentioned increased magnification improves Dr.Fazli’s ability to access narrow canal openings without removing excess tooth structure. And debris that may be in the tooth canals is more easy to identify. Both of these help to minimize recovery times for patients.
Improved Illumination: A bright white LED light is attached to the microscope allowing for increased illumination in the area being worked on.
Improved Visualization: The microscope lens is placed directly over the patient’s mouth. This causes no discomfort to the patient and increased the effectiveness precision of Dr.Fazli’s work.

As you can see, the use of the Dental Surgical Microscope is a great option, especially in cases where a root canal is being performed.

If you have any questions or are in need of a root canal procedure, send us a message or give us a call and someone will get back to you with more information!

4th Annual Edna Bernier Bowled Over for SRIV

Southern Rhode Island Volunteers’ mission is to enhance lives by inspiring, creating and supporting a lifelong culture of service through our volunteer members and affiliates across Southern Rhode Island.

They accomplish this goal by serving individuals in the community by providing assistance and collaborating with community organizations providing other services. They serve by providing:

  • Transportation to medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping (client can be present, or a volunteer can take a list to the grocery store)
  • Food delivery and/or Meals on Wheels delivery
  • Visitation for isolated individuals (1 hour a week commitment for volunteers)
  • SRIV also helps coordinate minor home repairs, yard clean up, and snow removal (for those 90 plus years of age without family)
  • Respite for caregivers

Each year they host a fundraising event called ‘Edna Bernier Bowled Over’ that we regularly participate in. We had such a great time bowling at this event and are looking forward to the outing again next year!

Protect those Smiles

Smiling, talking, eating are heavily reliant on your teeth – especially your front teeth. Each time we play a sport or engage in physical activity, we compromise our teeth and being aware of this and knowing how to prevent injuries to your mouth and face is essential.

A mouthguard helps to protect and cushion any facial impact, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. A mouthguard typically covers the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.

The best mouthguard is a custom-made one that we make for you in our office. These are individually created for the best fit and are the most comfortable option available.

If these are outside your financial comfort zone, there are boil and bite options available as well. These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions on these options to ensure the best fit possible.

Feel free to reach out to us so we can help you select a mouthguard that will provide the right protection and work well for you.

The Perio Systemic Link

Research has shown that periodontal disease is associated with several other diseases. For a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association. Treating the present inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases, but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.

Read more about each of the other conditions below.


People with diabetes are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes. This is largely believed to be due to the increased susceptibility for contracting infections. Periodontal disease is so closely linked with diabetes that it is considered a complication of diabetes. We often see an increase or flare up in periodontal disease as blood sugar remains uncontrolled and vice versa.


Several studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease. While a cause-and-effect relationship has not yet been proven, research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease.

Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Your periodontist and cardiologist will be able to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.


Additional studies have pointed to a relationship between periodontal disease and stroke. In one study that looked at the causal relationship of oral infection as a risk factor for stroke, people diagnosed with acute cerebrovascular ischemia were found more likely to have an oral infection when compared to those in the control group.


Researchers have suggested that there is a link between osteoporosis and bone loss in the jaw. Studies suggest that osteoporosis may lead to tooth loss because the density of the bone that supports the teeth may be decreased, which means the teeth no longer have a solid foundation.


Research has found that bacteria that grow in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, particularly in people with periodontal disease.


Researchers found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

All information and statistics have been sourced from The American Academy of Periodontology ©2019. All rights are theirs.