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Capital Smiles Blog

A Simple Guide to Maintaining Healthy Gums

August 28, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 8:04 pm

Close-up of man’s attractive smile with healthy gumsAccording to some estimates, roughly half of the adults in the U.S. have gum disease. That is a sobering statistic because gum disease has the potential to wreck your oral health and increase your risk of serious systemic health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, and dementia. What can you do to reduce your risk of gum disease? Here are some practical tips:


The Truth About Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

July 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 2:52 am

Woman applying whitening strip in front of mirrorTeeth naturally incur stains over time, so it is understandable that many individuals are interested in brightening up their smile. But what is the best way to achieve that? Television advertisements and social media may try to steer you toward inexpensive options that promise to deliver outstanding results. Dentists, on the other hand, are more likely to encourage patients to try professional whitening methods. What is the truth about over-the-counter teeth whitening? Does it live up to the hype, or should you opt for professional treatments? This blog post provides practical information.


Do You Need a Bone Graft Before Getting Dental Implants?

June 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 5:48 pm

Illustration of bone graft being placed in tooth socketIn order for dental implants to succeed, they need to have a strong base of support. In other words, your jawbone should be strong enough and thick enough to keep them securely in place for the long haul. But what if your jawbone is not currently up to the task of supporting your new teeth? You might need a bone graft. Read on below to learn more about this aspect of the dental implant process.


Can Rheumatoid Arthritis Prevent You from Getting Dental Implants?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 5:45 pm

Man with RA holding his wristIf you have one or more missing teeth, you should certainly ask your dentist about how you can rebuild a complete smile. They will probably talk to you about dental implants, which are widely considered to be the next best thing to natural teeth. However, certain medical conditions could have a bearing on your candidacy for them. Can rheumatoid arthritis prevent you from getting dental implants? Read this blog post to discover some useful information.


What Preliminary Procedures Are Necessary Before Dental Implant Placement?

May 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 4:43 am

Male dental patient making thumbs up gestureAre you thinking about getting dental implants to recomplete your smile? If so, you have an exciting road ahead of you! However, during your consultation, you might discover that you cannot get implants right away. Your dentist might tell you that you must undergo one or more preparatory treatments. What preliminary procedures are necessary before dental implant placement? This blog post explains a few different possibilities.


Why Do Toothaches Get Worse at Night?

April 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 5:54 pm

Man in bed, suffering with a toothacheSleep is essential for good health. If you do not get enough of it, your overall wellness and your quality of life will suffer. Unfortunately, a toothache could rob you of your precious shuteye. The pain might even be worse at night than it was during the day! Why do toothaches tend to get worse at night? This blog post touches on a few possible reasons.


Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe?

March 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 8:25 pm

Close-up of nozzles on nitrous oxide machineNitrous oxide is a gas that is often used in medical and dental settings to help patients relax. It has been in use for many decades. Still, you may have questions about it. Is nitrous oxide sedation safe? The good news is that yes, it is perfectly safe for the vast majority of patients. Continue reading this blog post to learn more about the safety aspect of this form of sedation.


How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

March 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 3:45 pm

Woman taking sedative pill before dental appointmentIf you are a little nervous about undergoing dental treatments, you may want to be sedated during your next procedure. Still, you might hesitate if you are on a tight budget. How much does sedation dentistry cost? Is it worth the price? This blog post provides some insight into the financial side of dental sedation.


Is Dental Sedation Right for You? 6 Reasons It Might Not Be

March 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 8:22 pm

Dental patient wearing nose mask for nitrous oxideDental sedation is a remarkable provision. It can dull the body’s pain and anxiety responses, allowing patients to enjoy a stress-free dental care experience. Plus, it is suitable for the vast majority of people. But is dental sedation right for you? This blog post discusses some contraindications that might mean you should skip sedation.


What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

February 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Erin Page @ 6:21 pm

Smiling dental patient reclining in treatment chairHas your dentist recommended that you be sedated for an upcoming procedure? If you have never been sedated before, you may be nervous about the prospect. What does dental sedation feel like? Is it really right for you? This blog post can help you prepare for the road ahead.


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