Every year, many people will make resolutions to make themselves better. Whether it be to quit smoking, to lose weight, to learn another language, or something else entirely… the goal is to always better oneself. Please don’t forget about the health of your smile when you make those resolutions! If it has been a while since you’ve been to a dentist or if you’ve been putting off treatment because of anxiety, fear, busy schedule or finances, don’t let the excuses keep you from the smile you deserve. At Capstone Dental we have answers to all of those excuses! We have a professional caring staff and dentists to put your fears at ease. We have early morning and lunch-time appointments available for those with busy schedules. And we offer 0% patient financing through CareCredit for those who qualify. So, come check us out in our downtown Columbus office and see what modern, personalized dental care is all about!
I would like to thank our wonderful family at Capstone Dental for a great first year. We have been building a great practice and providing the latest dental care to our patients in downtown Columbus. Thank you Dr. Kristin Piper, Brea Garman RDH and Lisa Riley! We have found that building a business from scratch is a very rewarding, exciting venture and we would not have it any other way. Here’s to many more successful years and continued excellent patient care.
Dr Matt Snipes discusses reasons people avoid or delay going to the dentist. Remember, whatever your excuse, we’ll be here for you when you are ready to seek optimum oral health!
Dr. Snipes was recently interviewed about comfort, convenience and technology during a local Columbus, OH TV show. Click the “Capstone Dental” link below.
Did you know… .
The most common disease affecting people today is tooth decay. On a daily basis, our teeth are exposed to bacteria, sugar and acids which eventually weaken our teeth and can lead to cavities. Research has shown that over time good oral hygiene and fluoride are essential in maintaining healthy teeth. Getting a professional fluoride treatment at every 6mo check-up can reduce cavities by up to 74%. Fluoride is also affective against sensitivity, bacteria and can remineralize softened enamel (shallow cavities) that is beginning to form. Capstone Dental offers fluoride at every dental check-up, so call and make your appointment today and spring into summer with a healthy smile!
Have you been wanting to brighten those not-so-pearly whites but don’t know which whitening method to choose? Discussed below are different methods of teeth whitening and drawbacks and benefits of each type. The three main types of whitening are:
1. In-office whitening such as ZOOM or Pola Office
2. Custom fitted bleaching trays with prescription strength gel
3. White Strips or other over the counter systems
1. With in-office whitening, the idea is to jumpstart your natural shade to a brighter white in a short period of time. Usually 1-2 hrs in the dental chair. The gums and soft tissue are protected with a barrier and the dental hygienist or assistant will apply the gel 3-4 times during your visit. This in-office whitening process can be accompanied by a bright light that is placed close to your mouth. Some systems, such as ZOOM claim the light further activates its gel, but most systems do not use a light. Usually coupled with this treatment are custom take home trays and gel to finish the whitening process over the next couple of weeks to get you to your brightest shade. Patients pay a premium to get this accelerated whitening. Office prices for in-office and custom take home whitening can range from $400-$800 or more. Remember that you are paying to get a brighter smile as fast as possible, under the supervision of the dentist’s office.
2. Custom fitted white trays can be coupled with the in-office whitening procedure, or be a method all in their own. Impressions of your upper and lower teeth are taken and then soft custom trays are made from the molds. The take home prescription strength gel is applied to the inside of the trays and they are worn for 40mins-1hr daily for about two weeks. During that time, you may experience some sensitivity. Anti-sensitivity toothpastes are recommended and if sensitivity becomes too severe discontinue usage until your symptoms subside. After 2-4 weeks you are going to be as bright as your teeth can be. Depending upon diet, smoking, etc. everyone is different with how long your new brighter smile will last. Some people’s newly whitened smiles can last 6-12 months without a touch-up. Keep your trays and if you ever need a whitening touch-up, new gel can be purchased at your dentist’s office. Custom trays made at your dental office and your initial supply of gel can range in cost from $250-$500. Additional gel for touch-ups is around $50.
3. The last method of whitening is white strips and other systems you can find at your local pharmacy. Crest is the most well-known brand, and they have several levels of whitening from professional strength available only in a dental office to lower strengths available over the counter. This is the most cost friendly form of teeth whitening available to patients. Ranging in price from $25-$60 it’s easy to see why these systems are enticing. The problems with these over the counter systems include sensitivity, like other systems, and chemical burns to the gums. Because these strips are not custom fitted, the gel can seep onto the gums and traumatize the gums. The gums will turn a white shade where affected and can slough with pain after use. I don’t discourage patients from using white strips because for most, they are very cost effective. They can get you to your whitest natural shade over time, so they do work, but it can take more than one treatment (purchase) to get you there.
So whatever method you may choose, just realize what you are getting. In-office is brighter in 2hrs. Custom trays are brighter in 2 weeks, and over the counter strips are brighter in about 1-2 months. Also, you go from complete supervision in a dentist’s care, to do-it-yourself with no supervision from a dentist. Money and time frame are the deciding factors for most patients, but now that you are informed get those yellowed chompers back to bright.
When deciding on a location for our practice Dr. Piper and I knew that we wanted to start from scratch. One of the more common ways to start a practice is for a dentist to purchase an existing practice, remodel it if necessary, and evolve it into his or her vision of what a dental practice should be. This usually happens in the suburbs or more rural areas where people live.
We chose downtown Columbus Ohio for two reasons. The first is because we wanted to develop a practice where we could make all of the major decisions from the beginning and control our own destinies as dentists. We wanted a completely brand new, modern facility that patients would want to come. The second reason was the need for a high-tech, progressive dental practice in the downtown business district. During normal business hours, there is anywhere form 70-90 thousand people working downtown. The majority of people go to the dentist during normal business hours, if they go at all.
Studies have shown that it takes the average suburban commuter 45 minutes to drive from his or her home to downtown, park and make it to their office. To then have a dental appointment back out in the suburbs, would require undoing that 45 minutes, added to the time it takes for a dental appointment. So instead of having a dental appointment scheduled over a lunch break, people have to take a half day or full day off of work, or don’t go at all. Our practice model called for a centralized location in downtown Columbus where convenience is the top concern.
The undoing of the commute is not a concern with Capstone Dental. We are a 10 minute walk from your office. Now your dental appointment can be incorporated into your work day like any other scheduled meeting. We stay on schedule to ensure no waiting prior to your appointment and we are thorough yet efficient when you are being seen. We offer early morning and lunch-time appointments. We provide the latest in dental technology and patient comfort and we focus on patient education and prevention.
Having a six month recall program is paramount in preventative dentistry. During normal check-ups, the dentist and hygienist can find potential dental problems when they are small, less expensive, and more easily treated. You are returned to work more quickly and with a greater understanding of the small steps it takes to ensure future dental problems are kept to a minimum. Capstone Dental is excited to be part of the downtown Columbus Ohio community. We look forward to developing a lasting relationship with our patients and be a part of downtown’s success and future.
For good oral hygiene, follow these simple steps from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association:
1. Brush. Brushing your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day remains a critical component to maintaining a healthy smile. Studies have shown that brushing for two minutes is perhaps the single most important step an individual can take to reduce plaque build-up and the risk of plaque-associated diseases, such as cavities and gingivitis.
2. Floss. Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach — under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
3. Rinse. Rinsing your mouth each day with an anti-microbial mouth rinse is another important step in preventing the gum disease known as gingivitis. We can help provide you more information on which mouth rinse is right for you.
4. Chew. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is clinically proven to be an important part of good oral health. It stimulates the most important natural defense against tooth decay – saliva – which, in turn helps fight cavities, neutralize plaque acids, remineralize enamel to strengthen teeth and wash away food particles.
According to the American Dental Association, the mouth is a window into the health of the body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies, general infection or even indicate more serious illness. For example, systemic diseases, those that affect the entire body, such as diabetes, HIV, HPV, and heart disease, may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.
The mouth is filled with countless bacteria, some linked to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers have found that periodontitis (the advanced form of periodontal disease that can cause tooth loss) is linked with other health problems, such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia. Likewise, pregnant women with periodontitis may be at increased risk of delivering preterm and/or low-birth-weight infants.
It is important to your overall health to take good care of your teeth and gums. Regular check-ups along with semi-annual cleanings will help keep you healthy from head to toe. Call 614-223-1000 to schedule your check-up today.
Did you know that a century ago, there was a dental practice at the same location as Capstone Dental? Look closely between the sign that reads “Ticket Office” and the arch on the street. Can you make out “Ohio Painless Dentists”? Although we cannot advertise as “painless” these days, we do make going to the dentist as comfortable as possible.
Here is another picture of the same corner about three years later. Behind the police officer, notice the “Columbus Painless Dentists” sign, the vertical “Dentist” sign, and the “Pulling of Teeth $3” sign. Capstone Dental is now on the fourth floor of the Broad and High Building, just above this dentists’ office that served downtown Columbus 100 years ago.
Did you know that Dr. Piper offers Botox and dermalfillers? Most people who are considering Botox would never think to have it done by a dentist, but consider these points:
1. Dentists are very knowledgeable about the dynamics of facial expression and how the underlying muscles, when functioning, can cause wrinkles over time.
2. Dentists are trained to know what looks good as far as facial symmetry. We take courses all the time that deal with esthetics of a smile. We can create masterpieces when it comes to teeth and now we can improve the frame that showcases those masterpieces with Botox and dermalfillers.
3. Dentists are confident with precise, comfortable placement. No other healthcare provider uses syringes in the facial area as often as a dentist and we deal in measurements as precise as 1/2 of a mm.
Come see Dr. Piper soon and look younger in 2011.