Dental Implants

Permanent Replacements That Look and Feel Like Your Natural Teeth

North Shore dentist Daniel Marinic has been restoring dental implants for more than 26 years. In this procedure, a new replacement tooth is permanently anchored to to a surgically-placed titanium post, which acts below the gum line as a replacement for the tooth’s root. Implant dentistry is considered a “modern miracle” by those patients with missing teeth who find themselves able to smile and eat normally again.

Dental implants can be used to replace individual missing teeth, or to support dentures and give them additional support in your mouth.  Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants, but for those who are, the advantages in terms of comfort and lifestyle are tremendous.

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Experienced Use of Advanced Technology

Dr. Daniel Marinic has been instrumental in bringing innovative dental implant technology to Chicago’s North Shore..

Dr. Marinic has been restoring dental implants for decades, all the while remaining at the cutting edge of the technology used to ensure successful implant surgeries. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and has completed more than 1300 hours of advanced clinical training in dental implant surgical and design techniques.

In 2005, Dr. Marinic became the first general dentist in Illinois to be certified in Nobel Biocare’s guided implant surgery, a minimally-invasive procedure for dental implant placement. In 2007, Dr. Marinic became the first dentist to install the Galileos Cone Beam 3D imager as 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.

Dr. Marinic has successfully completed hundreds of implant cases, from single implants to full mouth restorations, helping North Shore residents restore their teeth to full health and function. Come in for a consultation today, and find out how Dr. Marinic can help you transform your smile.

Get An Implant Consultation

When you come in for your Consultation, you’ll receive:

  • A Complete Oral Examination
  • A Smile Evaluation
  • Dr. Marinic Will Listen to Your Needs
  • Fully Explain Your Options
  • Review Possible Procedures
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Our Dental Implant Procedure

Step 1: Individual assessment

The Galileos machine can rapidly photograph every angle necessary for an accurate diagnosis.

No one is more aware than Dr. Marinic that each patient is an individual, with individual needs and issues. No single treatment method or plan is right for everyone. That is why when you come to Dr. Marinic for dental implants, he will first take the time to do a complete investigation and analysis of your exact needs.

In addition to a thorough oral examination, medical and dental history, and complete digital x-rays, Dr. Marinic will use the Galileos Cone Beam imaging system to take a CT scan of your mouth, jaw, neck and skull, right here in the office.

The Cone Beam is a hybrid CT scanning device that is a fraction of the size of a bulky medical scanner, and enables Dr. Marinic to obtain a specialized scan of the head and neck that now provides unsurpassed technical data.

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Using this detailed imaging enables Dr. Marinic to view all parts of your jaw, mouth, and skull, ensuring that he can do a complete diagnosis.

Once he has all of the materials necessary to evaluate your situation, Dr. Marinic will review them with you in detail. He will be able to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for a dental implant, and what steps will be necessary for that to occur.

You can see a video of Dr. Marinic explaining the CT scan results and a resulting treatment plan to one of his patients here.

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Step 2: Planning your treatment

Using the SiCAT software, Dr. Marinic will carefully plan your implant surgery.

Once it has been determined that you qualify for dental implants, Dr. Marinic will plan your surgery. You will need to have a titanium post placed into your jaw bone to act as the “root” for your new porcelain ceramic tooth.

Dr. Marinic will use the SiCAT system from Sirona to plan your surgery. This revolutionary system allows Dr. Marinic to use the 3D images from your CT scan to virtually plan every step of your surgery, determining the precise size, depth and angle of your implant, all on his computer.

Once your surgery has been completely planned, with every factor taken into account, Dr. Marinic will create a virtual surgical guide.This is sent to Germany where a surgical guide is fabricated.

In about a week the SiCAT guide is returned to Dr. Marinic for him to use during your implant surgery.

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Step 3: Surgically placing your implant post

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The SiCAT Guide that Dr. Marinic will use during surgery enables him to precisely place your implant posts.

On the day of your surgery, Dr. Marinic will place the SiCAT Guide into place, drill the necessary implant hole(s) through the guide. The guide controls the position as well as the depth of the holes. Next the implants are placed through the guide resulting in accuracy of 400 microns.

The SiCAT Guides take the guesswork out of implant surgery, and provide significant benefits. You can expect little post operative pain and swelling, immediate return to function and very little interference with your work and social life. There are no stitches, and most of our patients report minimal if any discomfort.

Depending on your treatment plan, Dr. Marinic may recommend that you have a temporary crown placed immediately onto the implant post while you are healing. If this treatment is indicated, you will be able to leave the office with a brand new tooth the same day as your surgery.

Your crown will be placed onto the titanium post once the implant has fully healed, and the implant is securely attached to your bone tissue, in about 3-6 months.

Step 4: Designing and placing your new, permanent tooth

Your permanent new tooth will be a ceramic crown designed and milled by Dr. Marinic in our computerized dental lab.

When your implant is healed and ready for a permanent crown, Dr. Marinic will take new measurements to make sure that the crown he creates will fit perfectly and comfortably. He will use the computer to plan your restoration down to the tiniest detail of size, shape and color. Then, using the CEREC milling machine, he will craft your new tooth from a single block of high-quality porcelain.

Once the fit and look are right, Dr. Marinic will place your new tooth, and you will be ready to go. Expect to be able to eat and smile normally. Your implant will look and feel like a natural tooth!

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Your new crown will be milled in just a few minutes.

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The Advantages of Implant Dentistry

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Dental implants are considered to be the most functional and durable solution to replace missing teeth. Once the implant post has bonded to your bone, it will operate in much the same way as your natural tooth root.

Unlike a bridge or denture, the implant is not removable. It will look and feel like a natural tooth.

Implants are extremely durable. With proper placement and good dental hygiene, you can expect your implant to last for a very long time.

Dr. Marinic’s dental implants work and feel exactly like natural teeth. When you have your permanent implant crown, you will be able to eat and chew normally..

Implants can also be used together with other dental procedures for greater effectiveness. For example, while a dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth, it can also be used to support a dental bridge or a set of upper or lower dentures. The use of implants to provide this kind of support will also significantly improve your ability to bite down and chew normally.

Implant Replacements for Bad Bridgework

Video interview with a Dental Implant patient

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Meet our patient who came to Chicago from Inverness, Scotland. He had a history of losing an anterior tooth that was treated in his home country with a 3 unit bridge.

Over the years, the patient had multiple failures of the bridge. He looked to Dr. Marinic to help him find an implant solution that would recreate the normal dental function he once had yet provide life long endurance.

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In a Consultation, Dr. Marinic can explain your options to you, and help you decide the best way for you to restore your teeth and your quality of life.  Schedule an appointment today!

Case Histories

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After

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Our patient, a 70 year old male, had worn a lower denture partial for years. Because of the wear and tear on soft and hard tissues in the lower jaw (not unusual for long term denture wearers), the patient sustained considerable bone resorption. His remaining lower teeth were severely deteriorated.

Pain became unbearable as the denture created increasing pressure on the mandibular nerve. The patient eventually was forced to stop using a lower denture. Soon after, because of eating difficulty, the patient began to lose considerable weight.

When the patient first presented in our office, Dr. Marinic was able to determine that the patient could be a candidate for a specialized implant system that would take the best advantage of his unique jawbone structure. Some areas of the mandible were healthy and had sufficient bone material that could support a custom implant solution.

Dr. Marinic surgically located the delicate mandibular nerve and was able to develop specific treatment methods that eliminated additional risk for damaging this critical nerve tissue.

Dr. Marinic extracted the remaining teeth in the patient’s lower jaw. Implants were placed in healthy areas of the jaw. Since a specialized extraction procedure was used that did not further compromise the patient’s bone structures, a total of four implants were placed, enabling the fitting of an implant secured denture

After a three month healing period, the patient returned to have a specialized impression taken so that Dr. Marinic could specially craft an implant-supported denture that would meet all of his needs. The specifications were taken digitally and sent to our in-office lab to manufacture a titanium framework for the prosthesis lab that would match the implant and jaw structure comfortably.

When the prosthetic base was completed, Dr. Marinic fit teeth to the structure, and had the patient try it out for phonetics, esthetics, and function. When he was sure that the teeth would fit and function perfectly, Dr. Marinic processed the teeth in our in-house laboratory to perfectly color-match the patient’s smile. The new teeth were then permanently attached to the implant abutments.

When his new teeth were placed, the patient looked at his new smile, which now provided normal support for the cheeks and lip structures. He said “Maybe now I can get a kiss!”

The patient was thrilled with his new teeth, his appearance and his renewed ability to eat just about anything he wanted.

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Mark was unhappy with a large silver-colored filling that was 10 years old. The amalgam material that had been used for the filling was more than just unsightly: it was about 50% mercury, one of the most toxic substances known. For health and aesthetic reasons, Mark wanted Dr. Marinic to remove the filling and replace it with something biocompatible. We carefully used a standard, accredited protocol that isolated the tooth and prevented any of the toxic material or gas from the filling to escape back into Mark’s mouth. The procedure was very fast, and Mark said that he didn’t feel

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