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 the 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.
He 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.
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.