Dr Matera and Dr Corrado love their work – and the Planmeca tools they are working with

Italian practice owners and dentists Dr Gabriele Matera and Dr Alessandro Corrado work with different specialities in different cities. Yet both of them have at least two things in common: they love their work and the Planmeca tools that enable it.

When Dr Gabriele Matera is asked why he chose dentistry, he doesn’t hesitate to answer. “This was my childhood dream,” he says. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, it’s the work I love doing, it’s something I never get tired of doing. I love this profession.”

Dr Matera is a practice owner and consultant who works mainly with oral surgery and implantology. He runs a private clinic together with his children in the densely populated Naples in Italy. For the past 13 years, he has been delivering dental care with the help of two Planmeca Compact™ i Classic dental units. Indeed, he has enjoyed the units so much that he now intends to purchase three more Planmeca Compact™ i5 dental units as well as a Planmeca ProMax® 3D imaging unit.

“I always work with the patient lying completely down, and one of the reasons I like Planmeca units is that I can sit with my legs completely underneath the patient,” Dr Matera explains. “There’s no chair base underneath to get in the way or to collect dust and dirt and everything.”

Making a good impression

Meanwhile, Dr Alessandro Corrado is newer to Planmeca equipment – but no less pleased with the technology. After graduating three years ago, Dr Corrado founded his private practice in Eboli in the Italian province of Salerno, where he now works with all lines of dentistry. Dr Corrado says he takes great pride in his clinic, where about a year ago he invested in a Planmeca ProOne® imaging unit. So far the unit has been a great fit for him.

Pictured: Dr Alessandro Corrado

“One point I definitely want to bring up is how very, very compact it is. I’ve had problems with space before, but the ProOne just fit in perfectly,” Dr Corrado explains. “It has a beautiful design that is far removed from old and heavy equipment. It makes a good impression just looking at it. It’s nice.”

According to Dr Corrado, Eboli is a relatively small town where most dental practices do not have their own panoramic X-ray unit. Therefore, being able to have the X-ray done directly in the clinic has been a pleasant surprise for many of his patients. “We can immediately show the X-ray to the patient to discuss their situation and the next course of action together.”

Just ‘wow’

Much like Dr Matera, Dr Corrado’s experiences with his first Planmeca device have convinced him to invest in a new Planmeca Compact i5 dental unit, and he says he’s looking forward to removing his old device. Meanwhile, Dr Matera says he is already used to the ergonomic design of Planmeca dental units – so much so that working with other units has become an inconvenience for him.

“I do a lot of consultation work and often work at other practices, and it’s really become difficult for me to use other dental units after working with Planmeca. In fact, I’ve worked at so many practices I’ve pretty much tried them all, and I always have a problem with where to put my legs underneath the patient chair.”

For Dr Corrado, his first Planmeca dental unit is still on the way, but it’s clear he, too, enjoys both his work and the Planmeca imaging device he is working with. As for any suggestions for improvement, Dr Corrado says he simply has none. “Honestly, no. It works really well. I mean, for me, it’s just ‘wow’.”

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