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Sandy Springs Dentist: A Beautiful Smile Is Precious And Priceless

Mature woman smilingYou know the shape, shade, length and spacing of your teeth significantly affects your smile? And your smile greatly affects your self-esteem. So obviously, the conditions that negatively impact your smile include broken, cracked or worn teeth, discolored teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth, decayed teeth, gaps between your teeth and “gummy smiles.”

The good news is with our modern technology and improved materials, these situations can be dramatically altered to create natural looking, long-lasting beautiful smiles. Each patient’s specific circumstance must be evaluated on its own merits.  Factors such as occlusion [bite], oral habits, available space, health of the gum tissue, severity of the problem and patient expectation must be taken into account when planning your cosmetic makeover.

Depending on the situation, there are a variety of choices that all result in excellent esthetic outcomes. For whiter natural teeth, in-office or at-home whitening techniques are available. Repairing teeth or closing spaces may be accomplished with tooth-colored composite resin bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.

These procedures vary in time and cost and have differences in longevity and appearance. If you’re not satisfied with your smile or want to learn if you’re a good candidate for any of these remarkable techniques, call our office for a complimentary cosmetic consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld DDS, PC,  ADA Accredited Prosthodontist

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD, Implantologist

Hanna Orland, DMD


290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328
(404) 256-3620
info@rightsmilecenter.com
http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

 

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Yodle 5 Star Review !!!

New 5 Star Review:

Oral Exam“Just another perfect day going to the dentist!” Did I actually say that?)

Chastity was very polite, professional, cheery and delightfully southern on the phone when I checked by phone to make sure I actually had the appointment today at 3:00 and, in fact, had not lost my mind temporarily.

Also, someone knew I was coming and left one of three shady spots in the entire parking lot vacant for my arrival which I especially appreciated when I came out from my cleaning and check up and the sun was making all other cars 225 degrees…not mine!

Lee was quite cheery at the “Welcome Center” booth upon my arrival and evidently let the appropriate person know of my arrival as Will did in fact come out to greet me and personally escort me back to his torture chamber.

I did, however, need to use the rest facilities prior to Wills retrieval of me and found the toilet water running like a restful Chinese water garden cascade and subsequently did not flush either. Oh, I also tried, but was unsuccessful in locking the door behind me but it would not work and while I then tried to be as quick as possible to avoid a needy visitor and likely exposure, a random red-headed team member with those purple scrubs and right smile, who will be unnamed, opened the door with a flourish half way through my procedure. I yelled something! (Note: Upon leaving after my check up, I checked and the toilet was working smoothly, no water running, beautifully flushing and the door locked easily…Hey, was I pranked?)

Upon reclining in “The Chair” and then by that steady firm handed Will, I was expertly and meticulously picked, prodded, poked, gouged, scraped, sand blasted, then water boarded and vacuumed. What a treat…and my insurance will even pay for most of it!! What a concept! I love America!!!

Then, to top it off, the most accomplished dentist in the Atlanta Metro area (Yes,,,you Sidney Tourial, DDS) suddenly appears out of nowhere to perform his one millionth check up (my 50th by Sidney). I told him he was not allowed to find anything wrong, but did not listen, and that’s where those “teeny-tiny” things I mentioned earlier came into play. Oh well, I guess it could have been worse with an emergency root canal and crown in my near future. Been there, done that. See you next week for a little teeny-tiny drilling, Sidney!

Oh, besides the free dental hygiene “goodie” bag from Will, I also scored a small supply of “complementary” Super floss from my friend, Hope, on the way out too! Wahoo!! We go way back several crowns and a bridge together…

Thanks, Everybody, at Right Smile!!

And she was efficiently, with the right smile, able to successfully schedule an additional appointment for me to have 2 teeny tiny cavities (as Sidney described them in his very modern dental diagnosing language and trendy nomenclature). He mentioned tea leaves too which took me back mentally 60 years to the tiny little tea leaves in the Tetley Tea commercials.”

Brett T.

Rightsmilecenter.com

404-256-3620


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How Much Do Teeth Cleanings Cost?

Oral CancerSo you see an offer of $49.95 for an exam & x-ray.  Is it a loss leader used to get you in and pressure you into other dental procedures?  More than likely, yes.

You need to be careful when you are considering your oral health care.  The teeth are connected to the rest of your body.  And in our Sandy Springs office we don’t administer oral health care in the hopes of finding something wrong.  Our goal is to keep you in the best health possible.

Generally, if you are not lured to take care of your health based on price, a teeth cleaning charge is going to range somewhere around $65 to $89.[1] Often dental insurance will cover some or all of this cost for a specific number of cleanings per year, usually no more than two.  The doctor’s exam is $45 to $55 and the 4 basic bite wing x-rays are around $59 to $72.  Depending on your insurance this might be covered anywhere from 60 to 100% after a small deductible is met.   Periodic X-rays ($32 -$135) are needed to see if any problems are developing inside the teeth or around the jaw bone, and are generally required before cleaning the teeth of a new patient (which is why some practices offer coupons to defray the initial cost of a first visit). These are also often covered by dental insurance.

The main goal is to prevent gum disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss. Other aspects of your exam are checking for oral cancer signs and more and more other global health indicators. But most important, Dental hygiene is imperative, and cleaning your teeth is the first step towards preserving them.  In a standard cleaning, a dental hygienist removes soft plaque and hard tartar from above and below the gum line on all the teeth. The process requires one office visit and usually takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

Again, your goal is a healthy mouth which an integral part of your overall health.  Oh, and by the way, just because you had your teeth cleaned professionally, the jobs not done.  You have to do your part by brushing and flossing daily if you want to keep them.   If you have additional questions, feel free to email or call our office.  As a part of our services, we offer additional consultation and oversight by our in-house periodontist.  Our goal here is to create an informed healthy patient.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 

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[1] However, depending on how long it’s been since you have been to the dentist and what extent your oral healthcare has been neglected, it can be more if there’s a need to do a full mouth root scaling.


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Dental Implant Advantages and Risks

dentalImplantThere are so many advantages to tooth implants. It is a permanent solution to tooth loss that is durable and stable compared to the alternatives such as conventional dentures, crowns or bridges.  An implant generally prevents further bone loss, which may lead to further tooth loss.  Implants make it easier to speak and eat. They also fit naturally and when done right, look better cosmetically than their alternatives. And they also improve your oral health by making it easier to clean between teeth and they do not require destroying nearby healthy teeth in order to be installed.

Advantages

  • Permanent and durable
  • They are more cost effective over many years
  • Natural and comfortable and functional – like regular teeth
  • Require the same maintenance of regular teeth, i.e. floss
  • Don’t require modifications to adjacent teeth
  • 90 to 95%+ success rates

The risks are minimal as problems and causes of failure are rare and are often easily treated. The risks include but are not limited to: the bone not integrating with the implant, bleeding, the crown becomes loose or a lack of proper oral hygiene. Every patient is unique and therefore, success rates depend on a number of factors including the size and strength of the jaw bone and where in the jaw the implant is placed, but overall they are well above 90% (up to 98% if they are properly cared for) and are always improving. More specifically, the success rate is around 90% for the upper jaw and 95% for lower jaw implants. This is because the bone in the upper jaw is less dense than the lower jaw which makes successful osseo-intergration more difficult. It is very important to note that these numbers only include patients who were thoroughly assessed and approved for implants by a dentist since they had sufficient bone density and were good dental health. There is a chance of failure even when conditions are ideal.

If our Sandy Springs office can be of assistance please contact us.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Dental Implant Cost Factors

DrsFactors That Can Affect the Cost:

  • Initial procedures such as x-rays and CT scans
  • Brand, material and type of post, abutment and crown
  • Complexity of the surgery
  • How many and what teeth need to be replaced
  • Where you live (some cities are considerably more expensive)
  • The particular dentist/surgeon’s experience, specialty & popularity
  • How many professionals are involved in your case
  • Creation of the prosthodontics
  • Additional procedures (if required) such as sinus lifts and bone grafting

When getting a quote, remember you are unique.  This is not a cookie cutter process.  So, the total fee includes various aspects of the procedure. There is the cost of the procedure and the implant, the cost of the abutment and the cost of the crown, bridge or denture. There could be additional charges for the scans, anesthetic and modeling as well.  So please don’t be fooled by ads that sound too good to be true.

If you receive a quote or see an advertised price that looks so, it most likely is.  We are oral physicians and safe, high quality and long lasting implants come at a price that depends on a variety of factors. Some or all of these factors may or may not be included in a particular estimate.

In our Sandy Springs office, our specialists are in-house, including the prosthodontist. With over 900 five star reviews you are in good hands in our practice.  If we can be of assistance, please feel free to contact us.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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WHY IS YOUR DENTIST OFFERING BOTOX?

TMJ  BOTOX Ad PRESS readyDo you have tension headaches or pain in your jaw from grinding during the day or when you sleep?  Do you suffer from migraines?

No matter what the theory is that causes these issues, studies show that clenching and grinding your teeth leads to the destruction of otherwise healthy dentition, exacerbates periodontal diseases and often causes TMD, headaches and facial pain.

We often use bite appliances as the treatment of choice, however, on occasion the grinding will not stop or the headaches just will not go away.

We now use BOTOX routinely as one of our treatment choices to help our patients.

In our never-ending efforts to widen our services, keep up with technological changes, and perform procedures as well as, if not better than, any other health care provider, we offer therapeutic uses of Botox to treat these issues.

We can treat migraines, bruxism and TMJ patients with painless bilateral injections of Botox into muscles. Using the correct amount of Botox will reduce the intensity of contraction of these muscles and the relief and re-programming of these muscles can help eliminate facial pain, reduce TMJ symptoms, eliminate headaches, and generally reduce the effects of bruxism.  Over about 9 months of treatment the patient will begin to ween off[1] of Botox and at the same time abate from clenching, particularly during sleep.

If these are issues you are experiencing contact or call us to see Dr. Lubell and Dr. Scheinfeld for a complimentary consult.

Nanci Lubell, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[1] Botox is absolutely non-habit forming.  This term of art means that you won’t be dependent on relief from Botox treatment, which generally lasts about 3 months.


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Migraine pain – visit the dentist

TMJ BOTOX Ad PRESS readyIt’s awful to suffer from migraine headaches because they are more than just a headache.  They occur on the average of one to four times a month.  Unlike a tension headache, they are often accompanied by nausea or vomiting.  And the pain is intensified by physical activity usually so severe they interfere with normal daily activities.   Statistically, about 30 percent of migraine sufferers have a warning that consists of neurologic signs and jaw pain they experience before the migraine episode begins. The most commonly experienced signs are visual, during which patients see small, colored dots, flashing bright lights or multicolored zigzag lines that may form a shimmering crescent-like shape.

The best way to cope with migraines and other headaches is not to keep popping pills.  See a dentist with experience in the use of Botox to relieve the tension created by the jaw muscles.  Botox reduces the muscle’s capability to flex, creating a re-training of your facial jaw muscle.  Over about 9 months of treatment the patient will begin to ween off[1] of Botox and at the same time abate from clenching, particularly during sleep.

If we can provide you with more information, please contact us for a complimentary consult.

Nanci Lubell, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[1] Botox is absolutely non-habit forming.  This term of art means that you shouldn’t be forever dependent on relief from Botox treatment, which generally lasts about 3 months.

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