Advanced Dental Care With a Personal Flair
Forget what you think you know about dental technology. Today’s tools are so state-of-the-art that they’ve revolutionized how we deliver dental care. Dr. Macri has decades of experience and specialized training and continuing education related to new technologies and treatment techniques. He even volunteers his time to educate fellow dentists in the state on proper usage for more comfortable and comprehensive dental care. It’s a personal touch and sophisticated solutions you won’t find anywhere else.
We have invested in a digital scanner. This means, in most cases, we no longer take the old fashioned molds or impressions. We use a digital image of your teeth to monitor for changes over time. This allows us to detect problems when they’re easy to fix, not when they’re big issues. We make crowns, bridges, and appliances that fit with minimal adjustment. Crowns fit right from the first time we put them in. Turnaround time for crowns and bridges is dramatically shorter. We can even see what Invisalign will do for our patients in a matter of seconds.
The ability to 3d print in the office has revolutionized our practice.
We no longer use goopy impressions to make molds of your teeth. The digital scan is stored on our server until needed. We take that scan and print anything we need. Models and appliances can be printed as we need them. Should a patient lose an appliance or need a repair, we can print the needed materials without having them return to the office. The digital revolution has been amazing.
We have incorporated a cone beam imaging scanner into our practice as well. A 3D x-ray and all the associated software allows Dr. Macri to plan and diagnose like never before. Before an implant placement or a root canal, we can plan the case and assess the best approach. We can plan complex treatment and evaluate with accuracy never before possible.
Digital Implant Planning
Placing an implant is 50 percent art, 50 percent science, and 100 percent planning. We joke that Dr. Macri does a surgery five or six times before he does it on a patient. That means that the position, depth, angulation, and size of an implant are determined through careful planning before the patient ever sits in the chair. Dr. Macri even volunteers his time to teach this technology to other dentists in the state.
3D Nerve Mapping
Implants are a wonderful way of restoring missing teeth. But to do it safely and correctly, you have to know where critical anatomy is and how to avoid it. Nerve mapping is performed in the planning stages of any implant on the lower arch.
Treatment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is tough. Many dentists say it’s a medical problem. Many doctors say it’s a dental problem. Dr. Macri has treated TMJ related issues for 20 years. 3D imaging of the joint and associated treatment with myofunctional appliance therapy have provided relief for hundreds of patients over the years. Dr. Macri formerly taught this subject at the CU School of Dental Medicine in the occlusion department.
We use digital x-rays instead of the conventional films. This results in a 90 percent reduction in the amount of radiation needed. Getting a full series of x-rays is now equivalent to the radiation received on a flight from New York to LA. It’s less than a daily dose of radiation from skiing in the mountains.
The x-ray images are visible instantly and we can digitally enlarge or enhance them to diagnose and treatment plan more accurately than ever before.
Laser dentistry involves the use of dental lasers to complete dental treatments more comfortably, quickly, and effectively. We are proud to offer laser dental treatment to ensure that your dental experience is comfortable and positive.
Lasers can be used for a number of dental treatments. During your visit, Dr. Macri may recommend laser dentistry to:
- Treat periodontal disease by removing bacteria and infected tissue
- Treat cold sores and canker sores
- Recontour the gum line
- Remove some gum tissue to expose decay or cracked/broken tooth structure below the gum to allow restoration of the tooth
There are many benefits of laser dentistry. Many treatments completed with a dental laser are very comfortable and may not require the use of anesthetic. Dental lasers also shorten treatment time and healing time and decrease the risk of infection following treatment. In addition, lasers minimize bleeding both during and after treatment, and because they are very precise, we can treat the targeted area without affecting nearby healthy tissues.
Intra Oral Camera
A picture is worth a thousand words. With the use of a dental specific camera, we can explain and demonstrate needed treatment better than ever before. Patients that have been with Dr. Macri for years know that he won’t recommend unnecessary treatment. But both new and old patients always appreciate being shown exactly what is going on. Seeing a problem makes it much easier to understand and provides the needed information to make an informed decision on the course of treatment that is best for you.
Digital Cavity Detection
We use an intra-oral camera that can find cavities. The image is picked up through the camera, interpreted by a computer and the screen will show a cavity in red. This allows us to “see” through a filling or tooth surface without exposing the patient to x-ray radiation. Oftentimes we can see things that we couldn’t find any other way. The cavity shows up as a red spot.