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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.

Dr. Marinic: A Pioneer in Guided Implant Dentistry

Restoring dental implants has been a passion of Dr. Marinic’s for over 20 years.  His dental office in the Evanston area, just 2 blocks south of Wilmette has been providing dental implant technology that is state of the art.  In 2005 Dr. Marinic became the first general dentist in Illinois to be3-D scan certified in Nobel Biocare’s guided implant surgery.  In 2007, Dr. Marinic became the first dentist to install the Galileos Cone Beam 3D imager.  This is a tool for diagnosis and treatment planning for those considering dental implants.  Use of these tools virtually eliminates the guess work from implant surgery, and enables Dr. Marinic to see and plan for any complexities before he begins your treatment.

3-D scan on computer screenAn implant acts as an artificial root, which is anchored into the jaw where there is plenty of healthy bone.  (If there is not sufficient bone, Dr. Marinic will determine that beforehand and artificial bone will be placed.) The implant does not sit on any nerves, puncture any blood vessels, nor go into the sinus.  These are all landmarks that are seen with a 3-D scan.

Why is it important to have 3-D technology before placing an implant?  There are several stories of people that have had implants placed in non-optimal places and the implants have failed, have not integrated with the bone, or have fallen out.

A patient explains her story – “My sister was seeing a dentist in the northwest suburbs and was told she needed six (6) implants: Two (2) in the upper right which would be placed immediately and four (4) which would be placed on the bottom front in the future.  The dentist had determined this by taking 2-D image x-rays which they used in the office.  These are the “regular” x-rays we are all accustomed to.  They did not have 3-D technology in their office.

“After the two implants in the upper right were placed in her mouth, my sister kept complaining about pain where the implants were placed.  There was frequently a pus nodule that would form in the area, and the dentist put her on three (3) courses of antibiotics which eventually helped, but months later the pus nodule returned and so did the infection.

“We found Dr. Marinic on the internet and she went to him for a 3-D scan.  He was able to see that the implants were not in the bone and were placed very close to the sinus.  He removed both implants.  He also showed her that if the implants were placed in the lower front area, they may have punctured the artery that runs below the teeth.  These things do not show up on 2-D x-rays.”

What type of continued education does Dr. Marinic have in implant technology?

Dr. Marinic is a Master of the Prosthetic division of the ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), a Fellow of the IAOI (International Academy of Oral Implantology) and the AGD (Academy of General Dentistry).  He is also an associate Fellow of  the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry).  He has completed more than 1300 hours of advanced clinical training in dental implant surgical and design techniques.  He has successfully completed hundreds of implant cases, from single implants to full mouth restorations, helping Evanston, Wilmette and neighboring residents restore their teeth to full health and function.  Call our office today (847-475-8700) and find out how Dr. Marinic can help you transform your smile.