7200 South 84th St., Suite #1, LaVista, NE 68128

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August 24, 2017
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Business Corner:

How do you get ready for your dental appointment? Verify our new address, brush your teeth, floss …. Well as you get ready for your appointment with us, we get ready for the appointment, too.  Every morning we have what we call a Morning Huddle. The dental team meets in front of a computer with the schedule for the day pulled up so we can look at it. We have a Thought for the Day that the Business Manager shares – often relating to the weather, holidays, etc. Then we discuss where to put any emergency patients on the schedule and review any emergency calls or post-op calls to Dr. Noel from the night before. The dental assistant then reviews information on each patient in her schedule with Dr. Noel … why the patient is coming in, any allergies, any special needs, etc. The dental hygienist does the same thing with her patient schedule and the Business Manager adds information on any patient with insurance or billing needs, or information beyond clinical needs.  The team discusses as needed to be ready for you and then we look at the next day to start thinking ahead. Besides reviewing patient needs, this is a great opportunity for our team to connect with each other and know we’re all set for the day!!  
 

Clinical Corner:

Periodontal Disease Facts and Info:

  • Half of Americans age 30 or older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease - this is about 64.7 million Americans;

  • Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the soft (gum) and hard (bone) structures that support your teeth;

  • Early in the disease process, it’s called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation which is the body’s natural response to harmful bacteria;

  • When the disease progresses, it is called periodontitis and the gums pull away from the tooth and supporting gum tissue is destroyed;  patients can have bone loss and not know it;  teeth may loosen or eventually fall out;

  • Periodontal disease usually doesn’t hurt until it’s advanced;

  • Important risk factors include inherited or genetic susceptibility, smoking, lack of adequate home care, age, diet, health history, and medications;

  • Gum disease is linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis;

  • We can diagnose periodontal disease through x-rays and measuring for any periodontal pocketing when you’re in for an appointment.

Office News Corner:

No dental insurance?  Dr. Noel can help!!  He knows that money prevents people from seeing a dentist twice a year, as recommended, for dental cleanings.  And then again, if any active dental care is needed.  With that in mind, Dr. Noel created the Good Neighbor Loyalty Discount Plan.  For an individual the cost is $250 and that includes two cleanings, exams and x-rays in a calendar year and then 15% off any active care.  For 2 or more family members in a household, the cost is $500.  This is NOT an insurance plan and there is no enrollment fee or administrative fee associated with the plan and there is no third party involvement.  Call the office at 402-331-0828 to learn more … we’re happy to help!!

 

For the next few newsletters we will highlight one of our team members so you can get to know him/her better.  For this September Newsletter, we put the focus on our dentist/owner, Dr. Burke Noel.  

 

Dr. Noel was born and raised in Texas. He completed his undergraduate degree at Texas Tech and graduated from Baylor with his dental degree. Dr. Noel has practiced dentistry in the Omaha area since 2000.  He is married with a blended family of six (yes 6!) children and one dog. Dr. Noel performs all types of general dentistry with an emphasis towards implant placement and Cerec crowns. He tries to be as up-to-date with technology as possible while looking at what is the best option for his patients. As for his ‘happy place’, just about any outdoor activity will put a smile on his face!!  And if you have time, ask him about his cooking – especially smoking meats!!   

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July 26, 2017
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Have you ever asked yourself: "Why does Marsha keep trying to confirm my dental appointment?"

Even if you haven’t, we are going to tell you why. We look forward to seeing all our patients and want to know for sure that you’ll be at the scheduled appointment, at the right time, and (now) at the right office. We have our automated system that reachs out to remind you of appointments via text, email and phone. When that fails Marsha or one of the other team members will call you. So if you get a text, email or voice mail, please respond with a confirmation OR if you cannot keep the appointment, please call the office to reschedule it. The sooner we know of any appointment changes, the sooner we can open that appointment time to another patient. We know some of you have wanted to move an appointment only to find there isn’t another options for many weeks. We hate when that happens! We have a few patients who have told us that a text, email or voice mail is as good as talking to them so we consider their appointments confirmed at the first contact method. If you’re one of those who wants us to use that method with you, please call Marsha to let her know.
 

GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM!   

For the next few office updates, we will highlight one of our team members so you can get to know him/her better.  For this August Update we put the dental spotlight on our very friendly dental assistant, Sharon. Sharon was born in D.C., but lived most of her life in California, coming from a military family. Family prompted Sharon’s move to Nebraska in 2010. Sharon’s recent hobby is knitting hats, socks, scarves, shawls. She so enjoys her new hobby that she has injured her ‘knitting elbow’ and had to take some recuperative time off from knitting and wear an elbow brace!   So now you know how dedicated Sharon is to her patients and her hobby! Sharon will be showing and selling her knitted goods at the August Papillion Farmer’s Market.  

 

CLINICAL CORNER:   

What are root caries and why do you need to care? Root caries are becoming more of a problem to our aging population. In the past, people did not live as long and lost their teeth at younger ages, often ending up in dentures. Think about your parents and grandparents who might have had dentures sometimes by age 35! With improvements in dental diagnostics and dental treatment, most dental patients who see their dentist on a regular basis are now able to keep most of their teeth for their entire life. But, you ask, what are root caries? Root caries is a lesion (cavity) located on the root surface of a tooth, usually close to or below the gumline. As people grow older, their gums recede and root surfaces become exposed, making root caries possible. Contributing factors for root caries includes: decrease in saliva flow, gum recession related to periodontal disease, poor oral hygiene, diabetes, dietary habits, and chronic medical conditions. Senior citizens are more likely to get root caries due to medical conditions and medications that cause dry mouth. We are able to diagnose root caries with x-rays so never think twice about a dental x-ray! Treatment for root caries is a dental filling or a crown. 
 

OFFICE NEWS:    

We’ve now been in our new location for about 2 and-a-half months. Our new space is about 3 times the size of our old space, we have a total of 4 exam rooms for Dr. Noel and 2 hygiene rooms – so plenty of room for growth and to better serve our patients! High ceilings, wide hallways, an office for Dr. Noel and an office for our Business Manager, Marsha, are a few things that are new from the old location to the new. In addition, we have a beverage station for our patients and guests with bottled water and coffee with a plan to add hot tea and hot chocolate come Fall and Winter ☺  We’re still finishing a few items like interior window glass and flooring, but hope to be all finished very soon. Our Business Manager finally got all her boxes unpacked a week or so ago so there is progress. If you haven’t been to the office yet for your appointment, you will be pleased with the ample parking in the south parking lot, reserved for dental patients and guests. Our entrance is on the southwest corner of the building and the door is painted a beautiful teal color to better direct you to us.  We look forward to many, many happy years in our new office providing great care to you and anyone you would refer to us!!

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June 12, 2017
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Do you know the history of dental insurance?  Here’s a little history lesson for  you (yes it’s summer and school is supposed to be out but ….)  Dental care was always on a pay-for-service basis until 1954 when California introduced the first actual dental insurance plans. Dental insurance plans became more popular and more widespread during the 1960s with Delta Dental leading the pack.  What became known as Delta Dental Plans began the concept of pre-payment. As these plans became more widely available during the 1970s, the maximum annual coverage was about $1,000.  These were self-owned dental insurance plans.  In the 1970s employer-based dental plans were introduced when labor unions such as the UAW made dental insurance cover part of collective-bargaining agreements. These plans typically covered 100 percent of preventive care, 80 percent of the cost of minor dental work such as fillings and simple extractions, and 50 percent of major work such as endodontic work.  Today, most insurance plans include an annual maximum deductible and benefits that start over at the start of each calendar year.  In the 1980s, Dental Health Maintenance Organizations (DHMO) began.  These, arguably, offered the first true dental insurance plans. The plans set no maximums and charged no deductibles. The patient received treatment at a reduced fee provided they saw a participating provider. This is still the basis of how the plans operate today. The provider refers patients to an in-network specialist as and when needed.  However, the reduced fee paid to the DMO dental office is so low that many dentists do not participate in those plans.  The Dental Preferred Provider Organization (DPPO, better known as PPO plans) grew out of the Delta type plans. By 2011, DPPO plans had about 65 percent of market share. Payment is based on fee-for-service. In-network providers agree to a reduced fee basis for treatment. When patients go out of network they incur higher costs.

For most dental insurance plans the calendar year maximum is still at $1,000.  If dental coverage had kept up with the rates of inflation, the average annual maximum would be close to $10,000. Can you even begin to imagine what that kind of coverage could do for our health Don’t spend too much time dreaming, because, sadly, it did not.

At this point in time, the Affordable Care Act requires that health plans include an offer of dental coverage for children up to age 18, although there is no requirement to accept dental coverage.

If you have dental insurance our dental team will do their best to maximize your dental insurance benefits.  At the same time, we ask that you learn about your insurance plan since they can be very different from each other.  We can have 10 patients with Blue Cross, for example, and all 10 plans can have different benefits, as negotiated by the employer.  Dental plans for retired patients can have very limited coverage which can be an awful surprise if the patient schedules for a crown and finds out later there is no coverage for dental crowns!!  And if you DON’T have dental insurance, or pay for your own with monthly premiums, ask us about our Good Neighbor Discount Loyalty Plan.  No premium, no deductible and no calendar year maximum – a great plan for patients of all ages!! 

CLINICAL CORNER:

June is Oral Health Month! This year's theme is leading by example, specifically giving parents the tools to teach kids the importance of establishing healthy habits like brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly. 

Oral health has many links to your overall health, so equipping children early with that knowledge can lead to happy, healthy smiles for generations to come!


OFFICE NEWS CORNER:    

Another short history lesson in honor of our dads: The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972–58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official–that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States.  So as we celebrate our dads, whether they are still with us or not, let’s remember:  “The imprint of the father, remains forever on the life of the child.”  - Roy Lessin 

Allure Dental is excited to be part of the Papillion Business Networking Group (PBNG). This network of small businesses meets twice a month to share networking and business growth ideas and support each other for business success.  If you need a realtor, lawn guy, roofer, chiropractor, carpet cleaner, etc., call our office and we can put you in touch with a great business owner! If you own a small business located in the Sarpy County area or that provides services to customers in Sarpy County, call for information on our next meeting.  It’s nice to be able to share information with other like-minded business owners and keep up with what’s going on in the small business community of Sarpy County!!

 

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May 03, 2017
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Dr. Noel has alwasy been concerned that patients without dental insurance tend to not receive two dental cleanings per year and often did not receive the professional dental care they need. In an effort to provide services to those needing dental care, we are offering our Good Neighbor Loyalty Discount Plan any to persons without dental insurance. This is NOT an insurance plan and there is no enrollment fee or administrative fee associated with the plan and there is no third party involvement.  

The Plan Is Simple:

  • $250 per year, due with enrollment form, covers a single person.  Under that $250 the individual gets two (2) dental cleanings, x-rays and exam per calendar year as well as 15% off any active care that is needed (provided that the individual pay in full for the service at the time service is provided).  If the patient has been treated for periodontal disease and has periodontal maintenance three (3) or four (4) times per year, as is standard, those additional two appointments will need to be paid outside of the loyalty plan, by the patient, at the time of service.
  • $500 per year, due with enrollment form, covers the head of household, spouse or significant other and any dependent children, age 26 or under, living in the home.  Under that $500 payment, each covered member is entitled to two (2) dental cleanings, x-rays and exam per calendar year as well at 15% off any active care that is needed (provided that the service is paid in full at the time of service).  If the patient has been treated for periodontal disease and has periodontal maintenance three (3) or four (4) times per year, as is standard, those additional two appointments will need to be paid outside of the loyalty plan, by the patient, at the time of service.

 
 
CLINICAL CORNER:  

Dr. Noel went through an implant residency program and is able to place dental implants, including bone grafting. He even has a few dentists who refer to him versus an oral surgeon or periodontist.

Dental implants are by far the best tooth replacement solution available, providing a longer-lasting result. Implants help preserve the tooth-supporting bone that natural deteriorates when a tooth ist lost. Bone loss is one of the major hidden consequences of losing teeth. Learn more about Dental Implants and their benefits!


 
OFFICE NEWS:  

We are finishing up the last details on our move and still getting settled in, but we are already enjoying seeing patients in our new larget office. Plus, we are all AMAZED by our step count these days!

Since our move, it has been so fun to hear patients talk about coming to this building when it was Mr. Kelly's restaurant back in the day. Some have worked here, some dined here and now you visit the dentist here! Our new building is most widely known as the former Mr. Kelly's restaurant, however it has also been a business office, a church and now a dentist office! We lease 60% of the first floor. Other offices in the building include message therapists, behavior therapists, insurance agents and a mortgage broker. 

Mr. Kelly's:

Mr Kelly's was one of the first "suburban" Omaha-area restaurants.

This was the flagship dining establishment of the newly-incorporated city of La Vista, standing guard at the intersection of 84th. and Parkview Boulevard (nee' Easy Street).


What happened?

It was briefly rebranded as a branch of Dugger's, an existing steak house on Center, and eventually closed.

What's there now?

It's been offices in recent years, currently home to a mortgage broker.

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April 06, 2017
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Did you know that Allure Dental is moving? After 40 years in the same location, the building we’re in is being torn down, so we are on the move! But we’re not going far! We knew that our patients would want us to remain in the area so we’re moving to 7200 South 84th Street,  Suite #1, an office building.  

As we hear from patients who’ve lived in the area for many years, our new location was originally Mr. Kelly’s Restaurant back before the area was so developed. It’s been fun hearing stories from patients about how they dined at the restaurant, were members of the private club or even worked at the restaurant! We can assure you it no longer resembles a restaurant in any way!!  

We have about 60% of the main level, with the entrance on the south side of the building and parking exclusively on the south side for our dental patients. We think you will enjoy the larger office, which gives us the opportunity to better serve our patients in more comfortable surroundings. You should be able to easily see the sign on the south side of the building and the tall monument sign out front.  Our moving process begins on Thursday, April 20 and we hope to be well settled within a few days.  

We are hosting an Open House on Friday, April 28 from 4pm to 6pm... stop by and tour the office.  We’re excited about our new home and can’t wait to share it with you!  Our phone number remains the same (402-331-0828,) so please call Marsha if any questions.


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Dr. Noel never tires of learning how to improve the services he provides to you, our dental family. Over the summer of 2016, he attended some advanced training to improve the surgical process for patients with gingival (gum) recession. If you’ve ever had sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures or know someone who has, you know how uncomfortable gum recession can be. And for some patients, the gum recession causes them to be self-conscious when smiling.  

The continuing education course that Dr. Noel attended showed him different instruments to use with a tissue graft and how taking tissue from the roof of the patient’s mouth can be avoided. With this new procedure, the Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST), a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free treatment options for receding gums. The process and recovery is much easier for the patient.

We’re seeing great success and happy patients with the new procedure!  If you or anyone you know suffers with gum recession, have them schedule an appointment with Dr. Noel. At that appointment Dr. Noel will do an exam, chart recession depths and take oral photographs and prepare a treatment plan. There is no cost for the exam and consultation appointment, as a courtesy to our patients.

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