Elkins Dental January 2018



JAN 2018


Every new year, we ask ourselves the same questions: What’s changing? What’s staying the same? It’s something I’ve been trying to figure out lately, and I wanted to share my answers with all of you as we enter 2018 together. It’s going to be an exciting year on all fronts. Our practice is embracing a few updates. One big one is the switch from air-driven handpieces to electric ones. Air-driven used to be the way to go; for many years, there wasn’t even a question. But lately, the technology in those electric models has become very good, and there are a few reasons we’re making the switch. Electric handpieces are simpler, just as effective, and require less maintenance and repair. Air-driven systems need pumps and lines to work, and those can get clogged or break down — you name it. When that happens, you can run out of luck pretty quickly. And nobody likes

downtime, especially for procedures you’ve had to schedule and take time off work to fit in. Electric implements are also quieter. They don’t have that signature high-pitched whine that sets many people on edge. This means less fear and more patient comfort, especially for those who are already uncomfortable with the dentist. It’s a big move to make, and it’s not cheap. But electric is better for our patients, and that’s all that really matters to us. New dental offices aren’t even designed with air systems in mind, and that’s a real sign of the times. We also bought the property behind the practice and are putting in a parking lot. Over the years, many patients pointed it out, asking if we’d considered taking down the old shack on it and expanding parking. It was kind of an eyesore, and we needed the parking space, so we did just that!

We’ll be breaking ground when it thaws, and it’s something for us to look forward to this spring. On the personal side, our Evie is graduating high school and starting college this year. She’s excited, and she has a little senioritis. She’s looking at schools in Idaho, Utah, and Oklahoma. It signals the start of the next phase of our life: the kids moving out. It’s hard to believe those baby pictures are 17 years old, but there you have it. As you can tell, we’re in for a busy year. How about you? I hope you had a great holiday season, and that you’re off to a good start in 2018. We’ll catch up during your next visit!

–Dr. Elkins

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