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New Year’s Resolutions

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!

How Long Will You Need Your Teeth?

As we age, we start to notice a difference in our skin, our hair, our joints, etc. but many of us don’t pay too much attention to our teeth. We use our teeth for so much…from the obvious such as chewing and talking to the not so obvious like kissing and non verbal communication. So the question is, “How long will you need your teeth?” And I am willing to bet that the simple answer is “For the rest of my life.” Well, how long do you plan on being alive? The average life expectancy for men in the U.S. is 75.6 years. For women, it’s 80.8. Almost all people get their adult teeth from the ages of about 6-13 years. That is a long time that you need your teeth to last. As we live longer it becomes more important to take great care of your smile and keep it in working order. As we age, digestion becomes less efficient and having multiple missing teeth and/or a denture decreases that efficiency even more.

If you have a problem tooth, please get it fixed. It might cost more than you had expected, but this is your health and well-being at stake. If you think losing one tooth won’t matter, you could be right. But what we normally see is that your teeth are a team working together. If one player leaves, the rest have to pick up the slack and they in turn tire more quickly and break down. It could turn into a situation like dominoes and you could be fighting an uphill battle with breakdown and problem teeth. With proper care and maintenance you can enjoy your later years eating, talking and kissing the grandkids with less time in the dental chair or soaking your dentures on the nightstand 🙂

Downtown Columbus is Going Strong

I heard the other day the the second phase of the Columbus Commons project will be completed by 2014. The City Center Mall was razed, a park has been built, and this summer the amphlitheater will be completed for outdoor concerts. The next development that is great for downtown and our dental practice is the construction of 300 apartments and street level retail that will be built facing High St along the West edge of the park. The Atlas building on the corner of High and Long is slated to be renovated and converted to apartments/condos and the Neighborhood Launch project at Gay and 4th Sts is expanding. As a business owner and dentist in downtown Columbus, I couldn’t be more excited about these developments. Of course, we are here to be available and provide convenient dentistry for all the busy office workers, but having a boom in residential development is great for our dental practice as well. With more people living downtown, a neighborhood culture will arise and we will be ready for all those new residents looking for a dentist in downtown Columbus Oh.

Capstone Dental Is Adding A New Staff Member

With the down economy and many wondering where the jobs are…we are hiring a new dental assistant/front desk person for our growing office. We love being a dental provider for downtown Columbus, Oh and are looking for a quality oriented, personable staff member to help us treat the busy professionals and residents of downtown Columbus.

Capstone Dental Celebrates 1st Anniversary

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.

Does Your Dentist Care About You?

What do most people look for when choosing a dentist?  Is it crown margins or the strength of their tooth colored fillings?  Is it the way the office files your insurance and bills you?  Is it the office décor?  To a certain extent all of these things matter, but the most important thing a person should ask themselves when choosing a dentist is—Does the dentist care about me?

At Capstone Dental we strive every day to create a long lasting, meaningful relationship with each and every patient.  We want to be an important part of your great oral health for a lifetime and with all the new research that is linking your oral health to your overall health, creating a lasting relationship is even more important than ever.

So check out Capstone Dental in downtown Columbus, Ohio.  Sure we care about our margins, the strength of our restorations, insurance coordination and office décor.  But we care more about you.  From the moment you step in until the moment you check out, you are our top priority and what we really care about.  Thanks to all the Friends of Capstone.  We’ll see you in six months!

A Message About Fluoride From Brea

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!

Teeth Whitening 101

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.

Getting the Word Out about Capstone Dental

Capstone Dental has been open for 4 months!  It has gone by very quickly and we are growing fast.  We are in the most visible building downtown located on the corner of Broad and High, we have great signage, and we have a great consultant pounding the pavement touting our new office. (Thanks, Fred Miller II-Bright Light Consulting LLC).

Those individual aspects are all doing their part to drive in patients, but the most rewarding marketing endeavor for Capstone Dental has been internet and social media sites.  We ran a Groupon 2 weeks ago that gave our practice exposure throughout Columbus, OH which would have cost thousands in marketing budget dollars if we advertised on the internet.

Another site that I realized was a great marketing idea was www.ColumbusUnderground.com .  It’s a messageboard site where individuals can post, comment and network all free of cost to its users.  Capstone Dental gave away 2 new patient visits at no cost to messageboard users.  The only “payment” was to review Capstone Dental on GOOGLE, YELP!, and re-post on the messageboard their experience in our dentist office in Columbus.  My hygienist was not going to be busy this morning, so for the additional cost disposables, I received great exposure on the internet.  We are a technologically driven office, so of course we are going to use the latest technology when we try to get the word out about our great dental office downtown.