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Capehart Family & Cosmetic Dentistry specializes in beautifying smiles and helping you improve your overall appearance. Our experienced and friendly team members takes great pride in keeping your smile beautiful. Our promise to you is that the crowns, bridges and veneers we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you. And to make sure we keep that promise, the products we recommend and use are the highest quality and incredibly durable. You can trust your smile with us.

Dr. Capehart Skydiving?

Dr. Capehart SKYDIVING? Yes & watch your wild & crazy dentist! If you want to see some funny facial expressions from Dr. Capehart & watch him plummet to the earth at 120 mph from 14,000 feet then click & watch. You’re more than welcome to share with others & enjoy & laugh at Dr. Capehart’s silly faces :) If you enjoy, “SUBSCRIBE” for free our practice YouTube site as more funny videos and more to be posted on YouTube. Click here & Enjoy!

 

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Dr. Kim’s going bald for St. Baldrick’s Charity

Hello my friends! I have volunteered again to help St. Baldrick’s and raise money for children cancer research. I’ve been growing my hair since the beginning of November so it’s nice and long for March 17, 2012 shaving at Quaker Steak. Please join me to better last years donation total of nearly $3,500 by making a donation to St. Baldricks via the link above. I will post a video and pictures of before and after the shaving for your amusement. I want to thank you in advance for your time, consideration, and human spirit.

Please click above or copy & paste this address to find out how to donate for childhood cancer research.

http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/503625/2012

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Happy New Year & Welcome 2012!

The year has changed and we are excited for what 2012 has to offer.  Remember to keep brushing, flossing, and keeping your check-up appointments so the cavity “bugs” won’t cause you any sensitivity.  We welcome the new year with optimism and hope everyone has a frabjous new year.  The team at Capehart Family & Cosmetic Dentistry would like to wish everyone a prosperous and healthy 2012.

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We offer payment plans via CareCredit & Capital One financial

We are committed to providing quality and affordable dental health care. You have multiple options for payment available here at Capehart Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. For your convenience we accept cash, check, major insurances, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Capital One and CareCredit.

We understand that unexpected dental bills can sometimes strain finances or your insurance benefits may have maximized and need additional funding.  If you do not have insurance at all then we do offer payment plans through these organizations.  If this happens, talk with us immediately by calling us at (864) 963-7237. If you help us keep the lines of communication open, we can usually work out acceptable arrangements.

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Another great compliment for Dr. Kim’s TEAM!

Dr. Capehart’s is proud of his TEAM as he understands that the foundation to his practice is a world-class team.  He is very proud to brag about his team but he loves it when patients also complement his team.  Here is a testimonial from a patient that drives 3 hours to get cleanings and entrust the team with their oral health:

“You have the best staff, my cleaning was awesome today!! Totally worth the 3 hour commute!!”~Lauren P.

Thank you for your continued support and loyalty.

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CEREC: One-visit crowns and veneers advanced technology

Dr. Capehart and his TEAM understand many people fear their semi-yearly trips to the dentist.  The prospect of a cavity and the dreaded reality of a filling weigh heavily on many minds.  Add in the possible need for a crown or veneer to repair damaged teeth, the dental visit quickly goes to the bottom of the to do list.

Thankfully, innovation in dentistry has made tooth restoration easier, more convenient, more accurate and overall less worrisome for patients.  Our office has had installed CEREC® equipment for years, which provides for on-site creation of natural-looking ceramic fillings – in a single visit.  We use a digital camera to take an optical impression of the damaged tooth, design the appropriate restoration using CAD software and mill tooth-colored ceramic on-site in about 10 minutes.  There’s no need for a temporary and return visit.  From tooth preparation to placement and bonding, a patient can have his or her smile restored in less than an hour and a half.

While patients are most interested in the attractive quality of the final result and the time-saving approach, health professionals laud the conservative treatment plans made possible by CEREC.  Advanced bonding techniques and precise restoration design allow me to salvage more of the healthy tooth material, creating a stronger, more natural result.

CEREC is a shining example of recent advances in the dental profession and the TEAM at Capehart Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to be among the first in the Simpsonville area to offer patients this new approach to tooth restoration.

 

 

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‘Bath Salts’ Drug Trend: Expert Q&A

As healthcare providers it’s important that we stay abreast of current trends and help educate our patients.  Dr. Capehart would like to share this article from WebMD concerning the hot topic of ‘Bath Salts’.  

By       WebMD Feature      Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

 Editor’s note: On Sept. 7, 2011, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) invoked its “emergency scheduling authority” to control three synthetic stimulants — mephedrone, MDPV, and methylone — commonly called “bath salts” or “plant food” and marketed under such names as “Ivory Wave,” “Purple Wave,” Vanilla Sky,” and “Bliss.” The DEA plans to make possessing and selling these chemicals, or products that contain them, illegal in the United States.The emergency action will remain in effect for at least a year, during which time the government is expected to call for permanent control of the drugs.

A new designer drug known as “bath salts” has become increasingly popular and increasingly scary. Poison centers across the U.S. have reported growing numbers of calls about the synthetic stimulant, and more and more states are banning the drug. But as of now, there is no federal law prohibiting their sale.

Make no mistake: These are not bath salts like those you would use in your bath.

WebMD talked to Zane Horowitz, MD, an emergency room physician and medical director of the Oregon Poison Center, about what they are and why you should avoid them.

First of all, what are bath salts?

“The presumption is that most bath salts are MDPV, or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, although newer pyrovalerone derivatives are being made by illegal street chemists. Nobody really knows, because there is no way to test for these substances,” Horowitz says.

Why are they called bath salts?

“It’s confusing. Is this what we put in our bathtubs, like Epsom salts? No. But by marketing them as bath salts and labeling them ‘not for human consumption,’ they have been able to avoid them being specifically enumerated as illegal,” Horowitz says.

Are bath salts illegal?

“You can find them in mini-marts and smoke shops sold as Ivory Wave, Bolivian Bath, and other names,” Horowitz says. “The people who make these things have skirted the laws that make these types of things illegal. While several states have banned the sale of bath salts, ultimately it will have to be a federal law that labels these as a schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medicinal value but a high potential for abuse, and declare them illegal.”

What do you experience when you take bath salts?

“Agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality. It’s a very scary stimulant that is out there. We get high blood pressure and increased pulse, but there’s something more, something different that’s causing these other extreme effects. But right now, there’s no test to pick up this drug. The only way we know if someone has taken them is if they tell you they have.

The clinical presentation is similar to mephedrone [a chemical found in other designer drugs], with agitation, psychosis, and stimulatory effects. Both of these agents should be of concern, as severe agitated behavior, like an amphetamine overdose, has occurred.

A second concern is the ongoing suicidality in these patients, even after the stimulatory effects of the drugs have worn off. At least for MDPV, there have been a few highly publicized suicides a few days after their use,” Horowitz says.

Are bath salts addictive? How are they taken?

“We don’t know if they are addictive. We have not had enough long-term experience with it. Acute toxicity is the main problem. But many stimulants do cause a craving. The people who take them are very creative. They snort it, shoot it, mix it with food and drink,” Horowitz says.

Bath salts are the latest example of designer drugs. Where do you see this trend going?

“That’s right. They are part of a long line of other pills and substances that we call designer drugs. And drug makers will keep creating new combinations at home and in illicit labs,” Horowitz says. “It’s almost impossible to keep up. And the motivation for buying them is always the same: Drugs like these are new and below the radar, unlike named illegal drugs.”

References

McMillen, M. (2011). ‘Bath salts’ drug trend: Expert Q&A. Reviewed by Martin, L. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/features/bath-salts-drug-dangers

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Tetracycline Staining

DENVER, Colorado – Many adults over age 35 cover their mouth to avoid smiling in public in order to hide their teeth darkened by tetracycline stains. Typically, invasive as well as costly treatment options, such as veneers, crowns and bonding, served as the only treatment options to help these individuals hide such stains and boost their self-esteem.

However, Kim L. Capehart, DDS,  AGD member and clinician, explained how a new tooth whitening procedure he used on a patient helped significantly lighten these tough-to-remove stains and saved his patient more than $10,000 in dental restorative fees. He shared this information during his discussion titled “Treating Tetracycline Staining in the Adult Dentition” to be presented at the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) 54th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver, August 2-6, 2006. For patients, this means that AGD members that attend this course will offer them the latest in dental health technology, knowledge and treatment.

Tetracycline is a powerful antibiotic that kills a wide array of bacteria. Many women, prior to 1980, may have take this antibiotic during their pregnancy. When teeth are forming in utero, the drug becomes calcified in the dental and enamel of the child’s teeth and creates a permanent dark and deep gray or brown stain over the entire tooth. Other stains appear in a pattern of horizontal stripes of varying intensity. Also, during the same time period (before1980) many children may have been given the drug and had the same stains. Often dentists can tell if a child had a high fever, just by looking at the stain pattern on their patient’s teeth. In the 1950s, tetracycline stains reached widespread levels because so many doctors prescribed this drug.

Since the stain is embedded deep into the tooth, different restorative materials have to be used to completely cover up the effects of tetracycline. These materials, such as veneers and crowns, have to be placed across all the teeth that show when smiling (typically 8 upper and 8 lower teeth). To place veneers or crowns on all teeth can cost in range from $1,000 to $2,000 per tooth. “The cost deters many people from seeking treatment,” says Dr. Capehart.

However, Dr. Capehart developed a special treatment plan for a patient who was embarrassed by his tetracycline-stained smile, but who could not afford such costly treatment. He developed a personalized treatment plan for the patient, which allowed him to significantly alter the shade of his patient’s teeth, without the costly procedures.

Dr. Capehart’s new tooth whitening treatment protocol involves placing the patient on a prescription dose of fluoride toothpaste for two weeks in order to minimize tooth sensitivity from the whitening solutions. Then, the patient comes in for a one-hour tooth whitening session, where the enamel is painted with the whitening solution and “cured” under a UV light. Then, for every night for three weeks, the patient uses customized trays that deliver the whitening solution to the teeth. During this time period, the patient maintained a meticulous home oral hygiene care and took potassium nitrate, which also decreases sensitivity after bleaching. Then, after the three week time period, the patient uses the trays for another three weeks.

“The results significantly boosted my patient’s self-esteem and he was thoroughly pleased with the results,” says Dr. Capehart. He now comes back every six months for a regular cleaning and then uses the whitening trays once a year to maintain their new color. “Although tetracycline is no longer widely prescribed today, parents need to be aware that other drugs can stain their children’s teeth, such as chlortetracycline, oxytetracycline, tetracycline and minocycline.”

Dr. Capehart was one of more than 70 clinicians who presented the latest developments in oral health and technology at the AGD’s 54th Annual Meeting & Exposition.

SOURCE: Academy of General Dentistry


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Dr. Capehart shares a testimonial from a patient that found their dental home

Capehart Family & Cosmetic Dentistry strive to take care of the oral health needs of Simpsonville and the surrounding communities. Dr. Capehart and his TEAM wants everyone that walks through our doors to feel like this is their dental home.

“Best dentist in the upstate. Very friendly staff, in and out quick, and Dr. Capehart has a great sense of humor. Located in Simpsonville in a very nice loaction in a very nice office. I’ve been though several dentists around the Greenville/Simpsonville area and I have found my permanent guy.”~Brandon H.

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Testimonial from one of our patients

We love to receive reviews from our wonderful patients.  You can post your own review here or we will be adding them to the blog periodically.  Thank you!

“I have had 2 appointments in the past week with Dr. Capehart. This staff is awesome, I am thrilled with the results and look forward to finishing my treatments! Thank ya’ll for everything! I will be calling back tomorrow because I forgot to make my next appointment.”~Penny P.

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