Allan W. Stevenson, DDS General Dentist
www.trailridgefamilydental.com 205 W. Highway 95, Parma, ID 83660
I think even the most winter-loving people look forward to spring. It’s a time of new beginnings, blue skies, and crisp breezes. Though we haven’t had the roughest winter — certainly nothing compared to last year — I still think the arrival of longer days and warmer temperatures is something to celebrate. This spring is especially exciting here at Trailridge Family Dental, as we’ve made a number of changes to our office. In all aspects of our lives, technology is increasing at an evermore rapid rate. I don’t have any clue if we’re on the iPhone 8, 10, or 1,000. Dental technology follows this pattern, as well. Two of the areas where we’ve seen huge improvements are in imaging and implant technology, and they go hand in hand. Dental implants, whether for one tooth or many, have a much higher patient- satisfaction rate than other types of dental replacement. We’ve seen the number of patients opting for implants soar over the past few years, and we’re proud to offer this option whenever possible. Previously, the difficulty had been that we didn’t know if an implant would be possible until we got under the hood, so to speak. Placing implants is a delicate procedure, and traditional X-rays don’t always provide you with the information you need. To remedy this, we had been sending patients to Boise to receive a dental cone beam CT (CBCT) scan. This type of image is much more sophisticated, giving us a better idea of what’s happening behind a patient’s gums. Eventually, we decided we needed a CBCT machine of our own. It arrived about six months ago, and using it has gone even better than I anticipated. Not only does it provide a much clearer picture than an X-ray, it also allows us to educate patients on the underlying structures of their mouths. In essence, it demystifies an Spring Marches On And So Does Dental Technology!
aspect of dentistry. Our patients feel more comfortable because they are able to clearly envision what a procedure entails. It also increases our team’s confidence in suggesting the best procedure for a patient. Another change we’ve made recently has less to do with technology than it does with our processes. In the past, we used a system where every hygienist had an assistant working alongside them. After much discussion, we realized this way of doing things wasn’t the best for our patients. In short, that method involved too many cooks in the kitchen. We decided it would be better to have our hygienists build a one- on-one relationship with their patients. Something that has always made Trailridge Family Dental special is that we view our patients as neighbors and friends. We think that by visiting your hygienist regularly, the bond will grow even stronger. To give you the chance to learn a little more about our incredible hygiene team, we’ve included some profiles of them inside this newsletter. Whether we’re adding a new piece of equipment or improving the way we do things, I never want to stop thinking of ways we can better serve our patients. After all, they are the reason we opened the practice in the first place and the reason our lights stay on. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ve seen all the snow we’ll get this year. I hope you enjoy a spring full of new adventures and experiences. That’s definitely what we’re looking forward to over here. –Dr. Stevenson
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