Dentist Sandy Springs: X-rays are Necessary

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An oral examination is not enough for dentists to get a true sense of your dental health.  While it may not seem obvious, but we can’t see below your gum line and there is a significant amount of your tooth and activity below the gum line.  Dentists must be able to see if there are any worrisome conditions that are obstructed from their view, such as hidden tooth decay, impacted/extra teeth, bone loss from gum disease and/or the growth of any abscesses, cysts or tumors.  As a note to patient, it’s malpractice and beneath the standard of care to not take x-rays.

That’s where imaging technology comes in. It allows professionals to get more clear and comprehensive pictures of teeth, tissue, nerves and bone inside the mouth.  While this may sound a little sarcastic or bitter because we are dentists and sometimes not thought to be real doctors, but you don’t tell your physician “no, I don’t want an x-ray” to diagnose your body.  These images are studied, stored and compared over time to track improvements or identify worsening conditions.

Dental imaging is necessary because it gives dentists a better chance of detecting problem areas early for more accurate diagnoses. It also allows them to better educate patients because they can share the images, point to specific areas of concern and show why it’s important to adhere to treatment recommendations.

So please, don’t give your dentist and their staff a hard time for trying to properly treat you. It really is in your own best interest.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Multi-specialty Dental Practice

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Our healthcare delivery model is the Better Way to Coordinate Care.  In a group practice, my daughters and I have an opportunity to share ideas and develop professionally. This collaboration enhances your dental experience.

Our multispecialty group is composed of dentists from a wide range of expertise who practice under the umbrella of the same organization, the Right Smile Center.  Patients receive comprehensive dental treatment that is efficient and thorough. Systems and services are designed by the Right Smile Center deliver of high-quality, coordinated, patient-centered care.  We believe we can improve your patient care by having multiple dental professionals with whom to consult on and refer to for alternative patient care under one roof.

While most group practices have dentists with a single area of expertise, we provide in-house prosthodontics, endo, perio, implant placement and restoration. A practice with a diverse array of specialists is designed to attract more patients seeking a one-stop shop for their oral health concerns.

Improved diagnostics, new therapies, more sophisticated equipment – as dentistry progresses, is impossible for a single dentist to know everything the discipline of modern dentistry has to offer.  A multispecialty group fosters an environment of collaboration among many dentists – each an expert in a particular aspect of dentistry – to provide the greatest benefit to patients.  We believe better patient care is a direct result of our multispecialty practice.

Another aspect of a multispecialty practice is the use and sharing of highly expensive and sophisticated equipment to perform diagnostic screenings and deliver valued patient treatment. By working in a group practice, we can share the cost of deploying equipment that may have been too costly for a single provider.

Our model distributes both the administrative costs and the risks associated with owning and running a solo practice.

So when you’re here for regularly scheduled routine maintenance, take advantage of having fresh set of eyes examine you when one of us is out of town or indisposed.  We practice together because we have confidence in each other.  We hope you will too.  And when we can’t meet those needs, we’ll refer you out.

If we can answer any of your questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Don’t Allow Insurance to Dictate Care

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Your dental insurance company has never met you. So why do you value their opinion?

As the provider on the other side of the triangle, we understand how “dental insurance” companies really behave.  As a caring and compassionate health care professional, I want to use my education and experience to help you achieve the best level of oral and systemic health. Unfortunately, dental insurance companies are not set up to accomplish the same goal.

More often than we would like, after my front office compiles all of the supporting data and submits the claim to your insurance company, we receive back correspondence stating that they are denying the claim.

First, they stated that they did not receive enough supporting information, which is delay of payment #1.

So you know, we sent:

  1. X-rays
  2. Photographs
  3. Periodontal charting
  4. And, treatment notes

They respond, “No, we didn’t receive those. Please resend again.”

So we do. All the while we are designating one of our employees who now has to be paid to manage all of these communications and the shuffling of information. After more waiting, we get another rejection, which is delay of payment #2.

Then the insurance company states, “Our claims advisor does not feel that there is enough supporting information to support your claim. Therefore, we are denying the claim”.

My front office team shares with you that your insurance company, despite all of our supportive documentation, is denying your claim. We recommend that you call your insurance company for further clarification as we are getting nowhere. At this point, more than 3 to 4 months have passed since the treatment and the patient is feeling well and her symptoms have resolved.

Over the next couple of months, the patient made calls, we made calls and we both get the runaround about why the insurance company is not paying.

The strategy is if they can’t outright deny the claim, then at least delay the inevitable-payment.

After 5 or so months of the insurance company holding up the claim, we ask the insurance claims supervisor to put us in direct contact with the lead supervisor who is in charge of your claim. We set up an appointment for a conversation.

And then “miraculously” on the morning of the day where I was to talk with this “dental claims expert”, our Patient Advocate and Insurance Coordinator receives a call from the insurance company.

“It appears that the claim that you submitted has been “re-reviewed” and is now in process for payment. Would Dr. Scheinfeld or Orland still like to speak to our dental claims supervisor?”

So a company who has never met you is allowed to be in a position where they can determine whether payment is rendered for services. Yet they have never performed an exam on the patient.

They were able to hold up the claim for almost 5 or 6 months. This means greater profitability for the insurance company. Despite how ridiculous this scenario sounds, we constantly hear from patients who ask “Will my insurance cover this?”

What does your dental insurance know or care about your health? We will tell you what they know – how to increase their profits by not paying on your just claims in a timely manner. How does this make sense and do you realize how much money in staff time is devoted to your health care delivery?  And none of these costs benefit you in any way.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Start Smiling Again in Sandy Springs

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There are a number of ways a cosmetic dentist (prosthodontist) can help you improve the look of your smile. In some cases, even restorative dental treatment can help to improve the look of your smile. Just as summer turns to fall, so can your once pearly white teeth, become dingy after years of staining, leading to a less-than-confidence inducing smile. Of course, discoloration isn’t the only potential cosmetic concern that can develop over time. Wear along the teeth’s edges, chips, and cracks can also be troubling imperfections.

For chips, cracks, worn edges and other visible damage to teeth, we would recommend a beautiful form of restorative dental treatment, like a porcelain crown. Crowns can help to hide the cause for your cosmetic concern, while still providing ample protection to your most fragile teeth.

Crowns can help keep chips, cracks and other damage from worsening with wear. Yet thanks to porcelain’s customizability, this restoration can provide cosmetic improvements, as well as the functional benefits, since the crown(s) can be carefully made to match your existing teeth, seamlessly.

Call or email us for a complimentary (free) consult.  We’ll give you the right smile so you can start smiling again.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs Dentist – Teeth Whitening

sandy springs dentist near meMore and more it’s the esthetics of teeth that count in making your first impression for a job interview or for that first date.  This of course includes your tooth coloring.   Where oral health care used to be the primary role of a dentist, the importance of teeth whitening has seen a huge increase in the number of tooth whitening products and procedures in the marketplace.  Not only has the relationship of the dentist and patient changed, but the demand by the consumer from cookie cutter results to esthetic dentistry is replacing the traditional approach to oral health care.

The key factors that affect teeth whitening by peroxide containing products are a function of peroxide concentration, light exposure and the allocation of application time.  In general, higher concentrations of peroxide provide results faster than lower concentrations. And what appears to be a demand for immediate results by the consumer drives the need to develop systems that deliver higher concentrations of peroxide in shorter time periods.

Your smile is the first thing people notice. And our goal is to help you smile, but we want to make sure it’s the right smile, one that’s natural and comfortable for you.  If stained teeth are “hiding” the real you, it’s time for what is commonly referred to as a smile make over. It is understood that a beautiful smile can brighten your lifestyle every day, both professionally and socially.

You can be assured that as a prosthodontist, I understand the functional mechanics as well as the cosmetic artistry needed to create the right smile. Your goals for achieving the smile you want and the dental health you need are my first priority in our Sandy Springs office.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Sandy Springs: Dental health Linked to Dementia

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People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a new study. Researchers followed close to 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year period, found those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.

“Not only does the state of your mind predict what kind of oral health habits you practice, it may be that your oral health habits influence whether or not you get dementia,” according to Annlia Paganini-Hill, who led the study at the University of California.

 Inflammation fueled by gum disease-related bacteria is implicated in a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and now Alzheimer’s disease.  And some studies have found that people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than a person without Alzheimer’s, stated Paganini-Hill.

There was a significant difference seen between men who had all, or at least most, of their teeth, or who wore dentures, and those who didn’t – the latter group were almost twice as likely to develop dementia. The same effect was not seen in women in the study.

If this relationship holds true, there’s something people can do to reduce their chances of developing dementia, which is, first, practice good oral health habits to prevent tooth loss and oral diseases. And second, if you do lose your teeth, replace them with implants where possible. 

Call today for your oral health cleaning at one of our two offices located in Sandy Springs and Chamblee, GA.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC                                

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

SOURCE: bit.ly/N5CCOu Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Right Smile Center vs Smile Direct Club

How RSC Offers the Most Value

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What they don’t tell you is Do It Yourself treatments can cause lasting damage. And the best way to avoid irreparable damage and straighten your teeth without braces is to seek clear removable aligner treatment under the direct supervision of a qualified dental provider. What makes RSC a better option than “DIY” braces?

This is how RSC compares to SDC

RSC SDC
In-Person Consultations  
DIY (Do It Yourself) Impressions  
Professional Impressions Taken
X-Rays  
Intraoral Scans  
Knowledge of Your Dental History  
Accessible Dentist in Emergency  
State Licensed Dental Professional
Treatment for Basic Alignment
Diagnosis of Advanced Alignment  
Fine-Tuning Alignment Attachments  
Accountability of Treatment  
Post-Treatment Retainer  
Excellent Patient Care  
Accepts Insurance
Payment Options

Why you should choose the Right Smile Center?  We will consult with you and diagnose using state of the art technology. We are the professional you can trust.  Feel free to contact us at either our Sandy Springs or Chamblee office.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com