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How much do Sealants cost? Dentist Sandy Springs

dental_sealantAbout 90% of the decay found in children’s teeth occurs in surfaces pits and fissures. To solve this problem, dental sealants act as a physical barrier to cavity-causing bacteria invading the pits and fissures.

A sealant is a plastic resin material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This material is bonded into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces to protect the enamel from attack by plaque and acids.

The dental practice cleans and dries the teeth to be treated, then paints a thin layer of liquid plastic material on the pits and fissures of the tooth. A blue spectrum light is shone on the material for a few seconds to cure the plastic.[1]

After curing, the plastic forms a hard, thin layer covering the treated portions of the tooth. Despite the incredible pressures placed on teeth during chewing each day, dental sealants often remain effective for five years or longer. If sealants wear or become damaged, they can be repaired or replaced simply by applying new sealant material to the worn or damaged portions.

Children should receive sealants shortly after the eruption of their first permanent molars, around age 6 and again at age 12 when their second molars appear.  While the use in children is common, sealants can be used in treating adults as well.

The average cost of a sealant ranges from $42 to $48 dollars per tooth.  During your child’s regular dental visits, we check the condition of the sealants and reapply them if necessary.

I know a lot of people still cringe when we talk about dental procedures, but the procedure is painless.

If we can be of service or you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact us via email or for a complimentary initial consult.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

 

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

[1] Some brands of sealants cure chemically.


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Red Wine, Over the Lips and Around the Mouth – Dentist Sandy Springs

Drinking-Red-WineFor anyone searching for another reason to enjoy a glass of red wine with dinner, here’s a great one:

A new study has found that red wine, as well as grape seed extract, could potentially help prevent cavities.[1] They say this could lead to the development of natural products that ward off dental diseases with fewer side effects.  Cavities, periodontal disease and tooth loss affect an estimated 60 to 90 percent of the global population.[2]

This research has suggested that polyphenols, grape seed extract and wine can slow bacterial growth.  Red wine with or without alcohol and wine with grape seed extract was effective at getting rid of the bacteria found in the mouth.

The down side is you need to treat the stains caused by the red wine.  If we can be of help please give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Irene Muñoz-González, Thomas Thurnheer, Begoña Bartolomé, M. Victoria Moreno-Arribas. Red Wine and Oenological Extracts Display Antimicrobial Effects in an Oral Bacteria Biofilm Model. American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2014; 62 (20): 4731 DOI: 10.1021/jf501768p

[2] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140521133617.htm

 


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Elderly may have trouble Accessing Medical Records – Dentist Sandy Springs

Aging PatientsNEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Electronic medical records will let patients access their health information over the Internet, but a new study suggests some of the most vulnerable older Americans may be left behind.

http://news.yahoo.com/elderly-may-trouble-accessing-online-health-records-174256993.html;_ylt=AwrBJSCDWYdTzwcAGG7QtDMD

This is an increasing concern as a significant number of our patients are 60 and older.  If we can be of help please contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: Prevention of Periodontal Disease

mature women smiling3During your checkup, we examine your gums for periodontal problems.  A probe is used to detect ‘pockets’ between the gums and the teeth.  The normal space or depth between teeth and gums should not exceed 3 millimeters.  If gum disease is diagnosed, we offer in-house treatment or referral to a periodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases.

Your treatment depends on how far the condition has progressed.  The earliest stage of the disease is gingivitis, which is reversible if treated.  The more advanced stage is periodontitis, which may require more aggressive treatment to prevent tooth loss.  If left untreated, the affected teeth frequently become loose and may fall out or require removal.

When periodontal disease is first diagnosed, one of our recommended treatments is scaling and root planing.  Depending on the extent of the disease, treatment may require one or more visits.  Periodontal disease will not go away by itself.  Preventing and treating the disease through good oral healthcare in the early stages are the best way to keep your smile healthy.

We are a multi-specialty practice with in-house and referral treatment of periodontal disease.  If we can be of assistance, please feel free to give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Dentist Sandy Springs: Scaling and Root Planing

Mature woman smilingIf you are lacks in taking care of your oral health you’re going to end up with one of two results, periodontal disease or lost teeth.  The former won’t go away by itself.  The later just falls out.  Your line of defense is prevention – good routine home care and seeing your dentist at least twice a year.  Regular dental checkups and cleanings are essential to preventing periodontal diseases.  And when you don’t engage in good oral health practices the likelihood of disease increases.

In some cases, even with these practices, a certain percentage of patients experience some form of periodontal disease that must be treated.  Depending on the extent of the disease, your dentist may recommend the more aggressive treatment of scaling and root planing.  Scaling is used to remove plaque and tartar beneath the gumline and the root surfaces are planed to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.

Preventing and treating the disease in the early stages are the best approach to keeping your smile healthy.   We’re a multi-specialty practice that can help you and your family maintain the proper oral health.  We specialize in the right smile.  So call now and get your oral health in order.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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Dentist Sandy Springs: Dental Plaque Cancer Indicator?

mature women smiling3New research suggests that people who have more plaque on their teeth and gums are more likely to die prematurely from cancer.  According to the June 11 edition of BMJ[1] Open findings this is only a correlation, not a cause and effect relationship.

In the study, nearly 1,400 Swedish adults were followed for 24 years.  During this time, 58 of the subjects died, 35 from cancer.[2]  Specifically, people with high amounts of dental plaque were 79 percent more likely to die prematurely.  That said, the absolute risk of any person with dental plaque dying early of cancer was low.[3]

Although the study did not examine the causal connection, underlying inflammation may be the common denominator.  Calling the new findings “interesting,” Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, said they raise more questions than they answer.

 “This study does not answer the question of whether or not dental plaque leads to cancer death,” he said. “We only know how many people died, so we don’t know if there is an increase in the incidence of cancer among people with plaque, or if, perhaps, it renders them more susceptible to treatment-associated infection.”[4]

While insurance companies only pay for two visits, we think the growing evidence of how your oral health care relates to your global health indicates that you should have your teeth cleaned at least 3, if not 4 times per year.  As long as I have been practicing, I have been ethically driven to inform you of your needs.  Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t take an oath of professionalism.  Learn more about healthy teeth and gums at the American Dental Association.  If we can be of service or answer any of your oral health questions, please do not hesitate to contact us or schedule a complementary consultations.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 

[1] Formerly the British Medical Journal

[2] June 11, 2012, BMJ Open

[3] http://news.health.com/2012/06/12/does-more-dental-plaque-mean-higher-chances-of-dying-from-cancer/

[4] Len Lichtenfeld, M.D., deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society, Atlanta


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Dentist Sandy Springs: Tooth Loss linked to Depression and Anxiety

FearDr. R. Constance Wiener, a clinical scientist from West Virginia University, recently presented a research study titled “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety.”  Analysis involved frequency, Chi square analysis, and complex survey logistic regression.  Participants included 19 years or older, and had complete data on depression, anxiety and tooth loss.

Because of the complexity of factors related to periodontal disease and caries, individuals reporting dental anxiety may avoid dental care and individuals with depression may be negligent in self-care. In this study, researchers examined a potential association of tooth loss with depression and anxiety.  At the conclusion of this study, the researchers found that tooth loss can be an outcome of chronic illnesses like depression and anxiety.

Our experience is that we can overcome a lot of your anxiety and turn around many of its detrimental effects on your oral health care.  If we can be of service or help mitigate your dental anxiety, please contact us for an appointment.

Resource: R. Constance, MA, DMD, Phd. West Virginia University, Morgantown.  “Association of Tooth Loss and Depression and Anxiety” International & American Associations for Dental Research

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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