Eagle Dental Care January 2018

BIRDSEYE VIEW

JAN 2018

eagleidahodental.com 151 N StiermanWay, Eagle, ID (208) 939-4111

FROM ROLLER COASTERS TO NEW TECHNOLOGY

We recently returned fromDisneyland, and I don’t think my kids will ever be the same again. It was a lot of work for Meredith and me, but it was worth it to see the sheer delight on the faces of our kids. I even had the chance to enjoy a few rides myself, and I particularly enjoyed the California Screamin’ roller coaster. I guess the thrill of flying through the air on a ride is something you never outgrow. The trip was a great experience to cap off 2017, and now it’s time to turn our attention toward the new year. For my family, the biggest goal is to find a home in Eagle in 2018. Don’t get me wrong; we love our current home and neighbors in Meridian, but we’d like to find a long-term residence a little closer to the practice before the kids get too settled. We’re still in the early stages, but it’s definitely something we’re excited about. Hopefully, I’ll have more to report on that front a little later in the year. At the office, we unwrapped one heck of a Christmas present recently. A new 3-D imaging device arrived recently, and we’ve already gotten a lot of use out of it. The technical name for the machine is a cone beam dental CT scanner, but I won’t bore you with any of the specs. In short, the machine offers a chance to take a much more dynamic look at teeth than simple X-rays. Looking Forward to 2018 “From little things, like freshening up furniture and decor, to larger investments, like our CT scanner, we think improving the practice should be a yearlong initiative, not just a New Year’s resolution.” Dental technology is always advancing, and imaging is one the places where the advancement has been biggest. I can’t tell you howmuch more information we have as the result of enhanced imaging. In the past, when we went to put in an implant or perform a root canal, we had some information going in. Once we got under the surface, however, we could expect to encounter some surprises. Now, the picture is much clearer — literally. Not only does better imaging allow the team to have a more

solid game plan before a procedure, but it also lets us explain procedures to patients with the help of sophisticated visual aids.

In the coming months, we’ll be on the lookout for more ways to improve the practice. From little things, like freshening up furniture and decor, to larger investments, like our CT scanner, we think improving the practice should be a yearlong initiative, not just a New Year’s resolution. I’m lucky to have a team that never fails to suggest great ideas. I’m thankful for that, because I don’t always have the best eye for decoration. If you need proof of that, ask Meredith! I’m sure she’ll be able to confirm it. I hope you have a wonderful 2018. The year may be just getting underway, but I’m already feeling like it’s going to be a great one. Thank you to all of our wonderful patients for making 2017 such a great year for Eagle Dental Care. I’m sure this year will be even better.

–Dr. Chris Thomason

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