Getting a dental impression with moldings can be one of the most claustrophobic, gag-inducing feelings one can experience at the dentist’s office. Dental impressions are a necessity for many dental procedures, such as crown/bridge placement and Invisalign, because they enable dentists to create a custom and comfortable fit for your unique mouth needs. While the results might be worth the gagging, many people wonder, “is there a better way?” Yes, there is, and at Alrez Family Dentistry, we just received it!
Innovation in the Dental Universe
Our office is so excited to present our patients with the newest innovation in dental technology: the iTero scanner! The iTero scanner is equipped with a 3D, intraoral, high-definition camera. This scanner maps your mouth in color and presents your dental team with a complete picture of what is happening inside your mouth without ever chomping down on a mold.
While a dental impression can take several minutes, the iTero scanner is quick. Finished in as little as 60 seconds, you won’t even have a chance to think about your gag reflex. In addition, the iTero can replace dental impressions in a majority of cases, like bridges and crowns, implants, and Invisalign. Finally, iTero combines timelapse and outcome simulation technology. This innovation allows our team to compare previous scans and even show you a predicted outcome of what your mouth will look like after your dental journey is complete.
The Best for Our Patients
We are proud to offer this new tech to both current and new patients. Our goal as your dental care team is to continue providing the same fantastic care with the added benefit of the latest and greatest technology. This added comfort in-office will make your dental visit a more enjoyable experience. If you have been putting off Invisalign or a much-needed bridge because you feared the mold, you can now rest easy! So give us a call, or schedule an appointment, and share in our joy as we introduce the iTero to Alrez Family Dentistry.
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Therefore you will notice our clinical staff will be donning extra PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to include N95 masks, face shields and gowns when indicated. The ADA has advised us to use the dental code D1999 to report the excess cost of PPE. Our office will use that code and apply a flat $12 fee to cover the excess cost.
You may see some changes when it’s time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
We ask for you to kindly call the office from your car once you have arrived and we will let you know when we are ready to have you enter the building.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office.
We will take your temperature upon office entry and then you will be taken to the treatment room assigned to you.
You may notice that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, toys, books, and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients.
As of today dental offices in Delaware County, PA have the go-ahead to resume business on 5/25/2020 but this situation remains dynamic. We will be contacting those patients soon who were on the schedule the last couple of months and need to be rescheduled. We are available at all times for dental emergencies. Please call Dr. Alrez on her cell at 610-761-1424 in the event the business area is not open when you call the office due to reduced office hours. Please stay safe and healthy!