strobel dentistry

Why It's Safe and Important to Visit the Dentist During This Pandemic

November 13th, 2020

We're sure by now you've read or seen the news of Chicago's newest stay-at-home advisory, which goes into effect Monday with the hope that we can stem the spread enough to keep essential functions going during this maddening time. As you are, we are monitoring the situation closely and adhering to all the regulations implemented in our industry. We wanted to take a minute to assure you that your overall health is our top priority, and provided you can still make it to our office safely, keeping up with your dental care is a crucial part of staying healthy.
 
There are several protocols and technologies we've implemented to make our environment one of the safest in the city:
Dry shield: an isolation system that dramatically reduces the output of aerosols during dental procedures
Air doctor: top-line, medical grade air filters placed in each patient room and all common areas
- Thorough sterilization of areas in between patients (we have always done this, but we now allow the room to sit for extra time before and during sterilization to give any lingering aerosols time to settle)
- Appropriate use of PPE (two layers of masks, gowns and face shields during procedures that produce aerosols, etc.)
- Mask, temperature, and screening requirements for anyone who enters our office
This isn't the first time we've talked to our patients about the link between oral and overall health, but with flu season looming and a long winter ahead, we feel obligated to underscore the importance of keeping up with your routine care at all of your providers. If you have any questions about our mitigation protocols or your dental treatment, please don't hesitate to reach out - we'll be here for you!

Don't Forget to Use Your Dental Benefits!

October 12th, 2020

Dentist Chair
It's getting to that time of year again, which means if you have an active dental insurance plan,  you may have benefits that are about to expire! We know how stressful everything about this year is, and we want to help your dental care be one thing you don't have to worry about.
October and November are THE time to book, since December is already almost fully scheduled! Given the link between oral health and general health, it's more important than ever to stay on track.
Speaking of links!
As a thank you to our patients for making the trek to our office during this crazy time, we're also running three promotions between now and November 30:
- $100 off in-office whitening with a routine cleaning
OR
- Free Invisalign simulation with a cleaning; see exactly what clear aligners could do for you!
- 20% off all night guards in conjunction with your cleaning
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions, want our admin team to check your benefits, or would like to get something scheduled. We hope everyone is staying safe and to see you all soon!

Pandemic Safety Update from Strobel Dentistry

August 17th, 2020

As you all know, we take the current pandemic and all matters that affect public health very seriously. The safety of our patients and staff is our top priority, and as such we have been following all governmental and industry guidelines very closely.

The American Dental Association's response to the WHO's recent global recommendations on dental care underscores the importance of making sure your dental practice is utilizing the best protocols and technology available to protect themselves and their patients. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of all the precautions we've put in place since March:

  • High levels of PPE as appropriate to each treatment including dual layered masks, surgical gowns, gloves, protective eyewear, face shields
  • Mask requirement for all common areas of the practice
  • Daily check ins with staff to ensure employee health
  • Temperature and questionnaire screening of patients
  • Dry Shield - an innovative technology that dramatically reduces aerosol spray during dental procedures
  • Air Doctor - top-line, medical grade air purification machines for each treatment room and all common areas
  • A completely renovated, upgraded sterilization space and water filtration system to enhance our already rigid sterilization protocols

We know you face dozens of tough choices daily when deciding where to go and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones. It's important to us that you know you can be confident that every precaution has been taken to help you stay safe. The team at Strobel is so grateful for the chance to serve their community in this unprecedented crisis, and we're honored that you've chosen us to be part of your oral health. If you have any questions on our pandemic response or anything else, please don't hesitate to get in touch!

Introducing our New Periodontist, Dr. Scott Drucker

July 22nd, 2020

As some of you may already know, our on-site periodontist Dr. Jennifer Shango has made the difficult decision to consolidate her practice in the suburbs and end her schedule with us in the city. We have loved working with Dr. Shango for the past year and are sad to see her go, but we are excited to welcome our new on-site specialist Dr. Scott Drucker!

Originally from southern Florida, Dr. Scott started at the University of Pennsylvania for undergrad and dental school; in 2016 he completed his residency in Periodontics at University of Illinois at Chicago. His collaborative research at UPenn, UIC, and Hadassah Hospital has been published in several peer-reviewed journals.

As the son of two physicians, he has always been drawn to the healthcare field and uniquely positioned to identify inefficiencies and devise solutions. Finding himself disappointed at best by the practice resources available to dental clinicians when he graduated, he was inspired to create the start up Supply Clinic. This online resource makes vetted, high quality materials available to users directly from their sources, increasing efficiency and transparency when supplying a practice.

Clinically, Dr. Scott specializes in bringing patients with periodontal disease and tooth loss back to oral health; the procedures he’ll be helping our practice with include bone and connective tissue grafting, wisdom tooth extractions, and implant placement. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Academy of Osseointegration, and certified by the Board of Periodontology.

We can't wait to see how our patients will benefit from this new relationship. If you are in need of a periodontal consult or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our administrative team today!

What Does a Dental Visit to Strobel Look Like Now?

June 24th, 2020

Just like everything else in the world, your dental visit is bound to look a little different in the post-pandemic climate! Our team is proud of the measures we’ve implemented to keep our staff and patients safe. You might be wondering - what exactly can I expect from my visit now? Let’s walk through some common questions about our typical hygiene appointment!

 

  • What do I need to do to prepare?

 

      • Expect a text from us 2 hours in advance - this will include a link to a brief COVID screening questionnaire that we’ll need before we get your visit started
      • Bring a mask - this is a requirement in the common areas of our building and our practice!
      • Please don’t bring family or friends with you unless you specifically need a caretaker or guardian present so we can minimize people in the reception area at any given time

 

  • Where can I wait? 

 

      • Once you arrive, you can enter our waiting area to check in OR text us to let us know you’re out in the hall; our provider will come and get you from wherever you prefer to wait!

 

  • What’s different once I’m in the room?

 

      • We’ll start by taking your temperature as an additional screening measure
      • You’ll notice new air purifiers in each room 
      • Providers may be wearing additional masks, gowns, and face shields based the type of cleaning being performed
      • You may get to experience Dry Shield, a technology we acquired just before the shutdown that dramatically reduces the release of aerosols during the procedure, keeping you and our staff safer!

 

  • Do I have to interact with more people on the way out?

 

If you have any questions prior to your visit, please don’t hesitate to call us. We look forward to seeing everyone back in soon!

Strobel Dentistry is Open for Your Dental Emergency

March 20th, 2020

Dear friends,
Though we have closed our office to regular business in accordance with state, federal, and CDC guidelines, we are still your healthcare providers and we take that responsibility very seriously.
Our admin team is monitoring email, messages, and texts round the clock, and you can also reach either doctor on their cell in the event of a dental emergency. Please call us before going to the emergency room for dental pain of any kind.
We can help assess the issue, see you in our office if warranted, or refer you to the best source of care. Both Dr. Isabella and Dr. Dan are available to address concerns via teleconferencing as well.
In this uncertain and frightening time, please know that we are here to help you if you need us. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy!
Warmly,
The Staff at Strobel Dentistry
Drs Dan Strobel and Isabella Terrassa

We’re Expanding!!!

March 10th, 2020

It’s been a long time coming, so we are EXTRA stoked to finally announce that Strobel Dentistry will be expanding into the suite next door! Since this is brand new, we don’t have all the details yet, but here’s a rough timeline:

  • Immediately: We welcome the patients of Chicago Dental Smiles! The first step in our expansion was acquiring the practice next door, as Dr. Joshi had made the difficult decision to consolidate his practice to the suburbs. We’ll miss our neighbor but are SO excited to have this chance to help more members of our community.
  • Early April: Construction begins! As soon as we have our ducks in a row, we’ll begin executing our vision for our updated space. Thankfully we can remain open for our patients during almost all of this construction, so this time should have very little impact on our ability to provide quality dental care.
  • Mid July - Close for a Few Days. Since our ultimate goal involves some reorganization as we expand, it’s likely we will need to close for a few days to finish the transition. We will of course aim to keep this to a minimum and let you know as soon as we have a definitive timeline. Our team is planning to spend this time refining our skills and knowledge at a Seminar in Scottsdale.  Can’t beat Arizona in July! 
  • By the end of summer: a new and improved space! Our end result will include the following enhancements to improve our patient care:
    • Two new operatories for expanded treatment (including hopefully more specialist days on site!)
    • A brand new lab for fabricating in-house appliances in addition to our dedicated sterilization area
    • An expanded, comfortable reception area for patients to sit before their appointments begin
    • Dedicated, private spaces for patients to discuss potential treatment with one of our Patient Care Coordinators

We’ll keep you all posted as our plans progress! Thank you as always for being a part of our journey and growth!

Celebrating 88 Years of Practice in 2020!

December 30th, 2019

It’s time for our yearly reflection, and here at Strobel Dentistry our hearts could not be more full with all we’ve experienced this year and everything we have to look forward to in the decade to come! A few highlights:

Dr. Isabella and Tony

Dr. Isabella got engaged! We could not be more thrilled for her and her fiance Tony to take this next step (and keep needling her for invites to the stunning wedding she’s planning in Colombia ;)).

Our hygienist Bridget and husband Mike

Bridget, our newest hygienist, tied the knot in October in a beautiful ceremony that they followed up with a 2 week European honeymoon. 

Our hygienist Aer and husband Yong

Our hygienist Aer is expecting her second baby in May! The team is really going to miss her when she’s on leave May through August, but we expect to make up for it with adorable baby snuggles.

3D printed cast

New tech! Could we let a year go by without celebrating this?? Of course not! :) Our latest addition - the 3D printer - is fitting in nicely, and our rockstar assistant Mika is working hard to integrate it seamlessly into our daily services.

2019 also saw the expansion of our in-house services: on-site night guards, complex extractions courtesy of the itinerant specialist Dr. Sam, and expanded hours for our periodontist, to name a few. 2020 promises more enhancements and improvements to keep our patients’ experience with us phenomenal!

Thank you to all our patients, friends, family, colleagues - everyone who has touched our lives and allowed us to help improve the oral health of our community members. We wish everyone a happy, healthy new year and great things in this new decade!

3D Printing: Our Newest Bit of Digital Dentistry

December 16th, 2019

3D Dental PrintingIt’s here! It’s finally here! We’ve been eyeing a 3D printer for months now, waiting for the right time to introduce one to our practice, and now the time has come. Here’s a quick FAQ on our latest technological advance!

What is 3D printing?

Very simply, a printer puts out layer after layer of thin material to build up a three dimensional object. This is often called additive manufacturing, in contrast to the “subtractive” manufacturing or milling done for our same day crowns. Instead of removing material to create an object (i.e. crown or onlay), the appropriate type of liquid resin is applied in thin layers and then cured to create the appliance or restoration needed.

3D printing has been around since the 80s and 90s, but the term and its use has recently seen a big upswing. The machines themselves are quite simple, and wouldn’t be much without the sophisticated design software that allows our dentists to design restorations, appliances and guides from start to finish in a virtual environment. At Strobel, we use Itero, Dentsply Sirona, and SureSmile software, among others!

How is 3D printing used in Dentistry?

As the technology continues to develop, the possibilities are pretty much endless! Right now, considering what will maximize resources, time, and benefit to the patient, we will be printing:

Why is 3D printing any better than traditional methods?

When evaluating any product, the most common considerations are quality, time, and cost. Bringing the manufacturing of these appliances gives us heightened control over the output, allowing us to better meet individual needs. Longer term, as we continue to integrate the technology into our practice, it will result in a considerable time and cost savings that we can pass on to our patients.