Category Archives: Dental Technology

Is Work Stressing Your Jaw?

Is work stressing you out?   Are you worried about getting your taxes done?  Are there too many things on your to-do list and not enough time in the day to get them done?   Too much stress can lead to tooth grinding or clenching, and eventually temporomandibular disorder (TMD) or jaw pain.

TMD Pain Cycle

 

Overworking your jaw muscles can cause TMD.  Often people don’t even realize they are clenching or grinding.  It may happen at night while you are sleeping, or even during the day.

 

Night guard

 

A night guard can help relieve the symptoms and protect your teeth.  Over a short period of time, the habit is not detrimental.  However, if it is not treated, it can lead to TMD or even cracked tooth syndrome.

 

Feeling Anxious? Join the Majority

Anxious patientPatients become anxious about going to the dentist for different reasons.  This may include fear of receiving local anesthetic or concerns about the effectiveness of the anesthesia.  Negative past experiences also may play a large role in a patient’s anxiety, as well as financial concerns.

What can I do to relieve dental anxiety?

In general, avoid caffeine before a dental appointment to make you lessLying down listening with headphones anxious.  Eating high-protein foods also produces a calming effect, unlike sugary foods.  During the procedure, focus on breathing regularly and slowly. When they are nervous, some people tend to hold their breath, which decreases oxygen levels and further increases feelings of anxiety.  We always recommend that our patients bring their favorite music to listen to during procedures. 

Knowledge is the greatest defense against anxiety.  If you have specific fears, talk to Dr. Marinic about them. Dr. Marinic can go a long way to dispel any negative or frightening images you may have.

Are there medications that can help me relax?

Taking a pillDr. Marinic can prescribe and administer medications to help patients relax during the appointment.  Talk to him about your concerns and ask him about the possibility of using dental sedation.

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medications to allow you to relax and feel sleepy during a dental visit or procedure.  However, sedation is not pain medication, so you may still require local anesthesia, depending upon the treatment. 

There are a variety of sedation dentistry methods.  The most common types IV sedation dentistryare inhaled sedation, which involves breathing in a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen, and oral sedatives, which are medications taken by mouth. Another type of dental sedation is intravenous (IV) sedation, which is provided by dentists with specialized training in IV sedation.

Sedation is safe when administered by dentists who are trained in its use. However, as with any medication, sedation involves a certain amount of risk.  It is important to talk to your dentist about these risks.

What should I do if I am seeing a new dentist?

Dr. Marinic talking to patientIf you are seeing Dr. Marinic for the first time, schedule an appointment for a visit.  This initial visit doesn’t require a cleaning or treatment, just conversation and a tour of the office. Take the opportunity to ask Dr. Marinic and his team questions and address your concerns.  You’ll find that a dentist who takes the time to speak with you about your anxiety will understand when it comes to addressing your other concerns.

Dentures – Are they Efficient?

What is a denture?

DenturesA denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjoining tissues.  Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting position.  Complete dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.”  A conventional denture is placed in the mouth after all of the teeth have been removed and the extraction sites have healed.  An immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed.

Who needs a denture?

Did you know that the chewing efficiency for people with dentures is Old man no teethapproximately 30% from those with all their teeth?  Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth.  So the efficiency has gone from 0% with no teeth to 30% with dentures. 

A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and provides support for facial muscles.  A denture can greatly enhance a patient’s facial appearance and smile.

How do you get a denture?

Wax try inThe denture process takes about one month.  There are usually five or more appointments needed to complete the process. The process includes the initial diagnosis; the making of an impression and wax bite to determine the dimensions and proper jaw position; a “try-in” to assure proper color, shape, and fit; placement of the final denture; and any minor adjustments. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new “teeth,” Soft foodbecause even the best-fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. Your normal speaking ability usually resumes shortly after final denture placement.  In addition, in order to become accustomed to chewing with the new denture, it is often recommended that you start with soft, easy-to-chew foods.  To ensure proper fit, see Dr. Marinic on a regular basis.

How do you care for a denture?

  • Remove and brush the denture daily with a denture cleanser or toothpaste and a brush designed specifically for cleaning dentures.
  • Avoid using boiling water to sterilize the denture, because hot water can cause the denture to lose its shape.
  • If you wear a partial denture, remove it before brushing your natural teeth.
  • When you’re not wearing the denture, soak it in denture cleanser or water.
  • To avoid misplacing your denture, store it in the same place after removal.

Should a denture be worn at night?

While you may be advised to wear your denture almost continually during the first two weeks—even while you sleep—under normal Dentures in glasscircumstances, it is considered best to remove it at night.  Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest, and permits for normal stimulation and cleansing of the mouth by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of the gums.

Are there any alternatives to dentures?

Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or noimplant-overdenture teeth.  Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place.  Implants and bridges may more closely resemble the “feel” of real teeth, but they tend to be more expensive than dentures.  The chewing efficiency for implant retained dentures goes up to 60% and for implant supported dentures up to 90%.  Not everyone is a candidate for implants and bridges, however.  Talk to Dr. Marinic to learn more.

Dentistry at It’s High Tech Finest

What does Hi-Tech dentistry mean to you?  Digital radiographs, 3-D imaging, white fillings, one-day crowns?  We have all heard the phrase used time and time again for different industries.  To the lay person, does hi-tech dentistry just mean that their dentist uses a  drill, not knowing that there are electric drills, high speed drills, etc…? Or that their hygienist uses a cavitron that uses water to help take off tarter and stain rather than just hand instruments?  Are all new technologies in dentistry worth the investment?

Daniel K. Marinic, DDS is a pioneer in the Evanston, Wilmette and North Shore community area on dental technology.  In 1996, Dr. Marinic lead the way in the use of CEREC “one visit crowns.”                                Benefit to the patient:  One visit to the dentist to prepare and place the crown

Dr. Marinic became the first dentist in 2007 to install the3D imaging Galileos Cone Beam 3D imager as a tool for diagnosis and treatment planning for those considering dental implants.  Benefit to the patient:  Dr. Marinic and the patient are able to see all the landmarks (major arteries, nerves and sinus’) in the mouth along with the amount of bone surrounding a possible implant, not just a 2-D image that may not show enough bone to hold an implant which could mean implant failure.

Dental imlant 3-D scanHe also uses SiCAT Guides, an innovative computer-aided design system to plan his patient’s dental implant surgery.  Benefit to the patient:  The dental implant is placed precisely in the right place possibly preventing complications.  Benefit to the patient:  The dental implant is placed precisely in the right place, possibly preventing complications.                                                                                                                    Taking out amalgam on patient

When removing mercury-containing amalgam fillings, Dr. Marinic uses the highest quality air filtration system from IQAir, a Swiss-based company with demonstrated high filtration efficiency.  Benefit to the patient:  This system provides safety for both doctor and patient when the toxic gases are released.

The Sirolase laser can be used to improve a “gummy” smile, to treat minor periodontal disease, and to treat cold sores.  Dr. Marinic has been using a soft-tissue laser for over 15 years.  Benefit to the patient:   The laser provides patients with a comfortable alternative to gum surgery, all without the scalpel, sutures and pain associated with traditional gum treatment and when caught early, cold sores do not appear.

Intraoral cameras are tiny digital cameras that fit comfortably in your mouth.  Dr. Marinic can see and magnify even the hard to reach places in your mouth, so that he can see exactly what is going on and show his patient’s what is going on as well.  A crack in a tooth can be seen with an intraoral camera, but not with an x-ray.  Benefit to the patient:  Earlier diagnosis of trouble spots in the mouth that can be compared visit to visit.

Digital X-Rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping Dr. Marinic detect damage and disease between the teeth and below the gumline which are not visible during a dental exam.  Digital x-rays are stored in the computer and can be shared with specialists through email.  Benefit to the patient:  Dr. Marinic can enlarge the x-ray and alter the contrast of the x-ray to show minute details allowing him to find small defects the old film x-rays could not provide.

Technology is a wonderful aid in dentistry when used by a skilled technician.  Contact us today to see what benefits technology can bring to your smile.