Celebrating 10 Years of Dentistry at our Springdale Location

Founders Park Dentistry Celebrates 10 years of business!

How time flies by fast. It was ten years ago when I saw my first patient at Founders Park Dentistry here in Springdale Arkansas. I remember that as both a time of excitement and high anxiety. This was my first venture out on my own and I was determined to succeed.

Originally being from Fort Smith, I had spent time in Northwest Arkansas going to college at the University of Arkansas in the 1990s. The plan had always been to move back to the area. It just took longer than we thought. My wife had wanted to stay to complete a residency after Pharmacy school and then had been offered a job as faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. In the meantime, we had bought a house and started a family.

It probably wasn’t the easiest way to do it, but I was opening a dental practice from scratch. I had been practicing as an associate in Oklahoma at that time for almost nine years. There were many trips back and forth as I worked full time and set up a practice almost two hundred miles away.

At that time, I tried not to watch the news as depressing stories about the economy made the headlines. I had started my venture a year before the financial crisis and by the time the crisis rolled around, it was too late. Construction had already started and my name was on the note.

At this point in time of reflection, I’m proud of where I am. And I know that I could not have done this without the support of my wife, my family, my staff, and of course my patients. For that I am grateful. Here is looking forward to another ten years!

Thank you,

Dr. Robert Stark

New Digital Intraoral Scanner

New 3D Intraoral Scanner

So what's the latest and greatest in dental-related technology? Dr. Robert Stark has recently made a new addition to our treatment plan options. The 3Shape Trios 3D intraoral scanner is a state of the art tool used in place of taking standard impressions. Its design makes scanning fast and easy while ensuring reduced time in the chair and superior comfort for the patient. The scanner can take high definition photos for diagnostic purposes and can even scan in HD for precise accuracy. Not to mention, its wireless for easy maneuverability.

Not to put you on information overload, but I believe it's imperative for you to understand that this is not being written based on opinion alone. Let's look at the Trios scanner in 2 different lights.

PATIENT PERSPECTIVE:

The NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) recently published a study involving 43 participants. They were evaluating the difference in having a standard impression taken of their teeth as compared to having their teeth scanned with a Trios 3D scanner. Participants rated the scanner comfort at 84.8% and impression comfort at 44.2%. That statistic alone is enough to make this a worthwhile inclusion at our office.

DOCTOR/ASSISTANT PERSPECTIVE:

The ADA published a joint study with the University of Maryland and the University of Freiburg, Germany evaluating the accuracy of the top six intraoral scanners on the market today. The study results found that the 3Shape Trios was the most consistent and accurate of the scanners tested.

The Trios has many remarkable features but allow me to highlight one of my favorite capabilities of this scanner. This device has a shade measurement tool that is more reliable than the human eye, which is what we had been using to select restoration shades. Color/shade detection by the human eye can be very inconsistent due to several factors such as patient clothing, operatory lighting, and even eye fatigue. This tool is ideal, then, for restorative treatment; especially for anterior teeth which tend to possess very complex shading.

We use this scanner in our office for an array of treatments including but not limited to:
- Crowns
- Bridges
- Implants
- Partials
- Orthodontic appliances

We invite you to join us at the forefront of dental technology and take advantage of the sophistication of our new 3Shape Trios 3D digital scanner.

2017 Year End Review

Our office would like to thank our patients for a successful year. You all are the reason we are here and we are very grateful for it. As an office, we have made many improvements to our systems. A lot of improvements are small but meaningful. This year, we have invested in new equipment to more efficiently and effectively sterilize our instruments.

New Trios Scanner

But probably the most significant advancement we have had in our dental office is our new Trios digital dental scanner.  It’s a high definition camera that converts pictures into three-dimensional objects. We will be using this for all of our dental crowns and bridges, implant crowns, removable dental partials, bruxism guards (night guard), retainers, whitening trays, and Invisalign cases. There will be more detail about this in an upcoming post.

We are looking forward to providing you with exceptional dental services in 2018! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Spring Staff Trip To The Ozarks

Recently, our staff had a recreational day at Top of the Rock in Missouri. The purpose of this trip was to show appreciation of all of the hard work and at the same time get to know each other better. Our original plan was to spend the day at Dogwood Canyon. Unfortunately the heavy flooding from the storms the previous week had damaged the park so badly that they have closed the park and don’t expect it to be open for another year.

We spent the morning touring the grounds and enjoying nature. One of our activities was the Lost Canyon Nature Trail. We saddled up on about 3 golf carts and hit the trail early morning. Many sites to see including waterfalls, caves, bridges, and of course nature. We topped it off with a lunch at Arnies Barn. Another interesting part of our afternoon was visiting the Ancient Ozarks History Museum. The staff got to see the history of the Ozarks and the animals and people from the state’s past.

P.S. I wanted to say thank you to all of our staff members here at Founders Park Dentistry. I enjoyed spending the day with you guys at Big Cedar. Your hard work and dedication to our team really means a lot to me.

Dr. Robert Stark