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Educating Patients on their Oral Health Options


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Dental Implant Care

Dental implants cannot decay, but the supporting bone and gum around the implant must be carefully maintained to protect against long term failure.  And although they are visually indistinguishable from natural teeth, they need to be cared for in a slightly different manner.  As a consequence, it is important to maintain healthy gum tissue and supporting bone by building an effective plaque removal routine and practicing it two to three times a day.  We encourage patients to visit our dental hygienist for professional maintenance visit three to four times per year, depending on the prosthesis design and the patient’s abilities to perform adequate home care.

Electric toothbrushes disrupt biofilm better than a manual brush due to the ability to generate more brush strokes than the human hand. Regardless of the toothbrush chosen, you should brush for a full two minutes with a soft bristle brush.

We recommend interproximal cleaning products that promote gingival stimulation such as soft picks, rubber tip stimulators, and proxabrushes with plastic wires.

And finally, the dental hygienist plays an integral role in determining what professional maintenance schedule is best suited for your implant based on the type of implant prosthesis, dexterity, and overall health.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Adults Need Convincing

scheinfeld2Educating patients about the importance of regular dental treatment is an important obligation of our dental practice.  But often it’s a very difficult task because many patients have been socialized that their oral health is secondary to their global health.  Unfortunately, research has proven just the opposite.

According to the Health Policy Institute of the American Dental Association, the percentage of children who’ve had a dental visit in the past year has risen between 2000 and 2013. While for adults (age 19-64), the percentage has seen a sharp decline.

A little more than 35% of adults feel the need to visit the dentist annually. This is bad for overall oral health for people in the US.

 One survey found that Millennials (which make up much of the adult population today) are most likely to seek out dental treatment using “daily deals” sites based on cost.  Another point is the fact that people who live in households that make less than $35,000 are more likely to rely on an emergency department for treating their teeth than consumers from higher-income households. While it makes sense logically, it’s not a good trend for any of the parties involved.

We offer affordable care and invite you to come in and see practice and its services.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Under and Uninsured Children

smiling-mom-3Most health insurance plans sponsored by the “Obamacare” do not include dental insurance. In fact, most insurance plans before Obamacare provided minimal coverage.  However, Obamacare did affect patient care and their oral health, particularly in terms of children’s dental insurance.

Specifically, Obamacare plans offered to children must include dental coverage. As a result, demand for pediatric dental services have increased, but it is complicated to submit dental services under health insurance plans in many cases.

Given the election of Donald Trump and the potential repeal and replace of Obamacare, the trend may be heading in the other direction.  President Trump has already started signing executive orders to roll back aspects of Obamacare.  So far, children’s dental insurance hasn’t been affected, but most likely in a competitively designed healthcare market it will.

Regardless of the politics, if they have coverage or not, most parents should be keen to take care of their child’s dental needs. In our Sandy Springs office we see our job is to make it as easy as possible for them to do this. If we can be of help please give us a call or drop us an email.

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Cancer Linked to Sleep Apnea

snoring2Two new studies have found that people with sleep apnea[1], a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, have a higher risk of cancer.[2] The new research marks the first time that sleep apnea has been linked to cancer in humans.

Dr. Joseph Golish, the former chief of sleep medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, said that the cancer link may not prove to be as strong as the well-documented relationship between sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, “but until disproven, it would be one more reason to get your apnea treated or to get it diagnosed if you think you might have it.”

Though many cases go undiagnosed, the condition is a top concern because it deprives your body of oxygen at night that usually coincides with cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes, and now cancer. According to Dr. Golish, for the first time there appears to be a very solid association.

The researchers found that the more severe a person’s breathing problems at night, the greater the likelihood of dying from cancer. People with moderate apnea were found to die of cancer at a rate double that of people without disordered breathing at night, while those in the severe category died at a rate 4.8 times that of those without the sleep disorder.

Many cases of sleep apnea can be treated with a dental devise that we custom design to your mouth.  If you’re a candidate or have an interest in sleep apnea device, please contact our team for a consult.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] In one of the studies, researchers in Spain followed thousands of patients at sleep clinics and found that those with the most severe forms of sleep apnea had a 65 percent greater risk of developing cancer of any kind. The second study, of about 1,500 government workers in Wisconsin, showed that those with the most breathing abnormalities at night had five times the rate of dying from cancer as people without the sleep disorder.

[2] The studies were observational, and other, unknown factors may account for the correlation between sleep apnea and cancer.

 


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Dental Implants Change your life!

dental-implants2I’m in my late-forties and have severe gum disease. Last week I had a tooth extracted. “ 

Dental Implants are permanent, comfortable and most patients forget they have one.  They osseointegrate into your bone structure and allow you to look good and eat like you never lost a tooth.

Our office has the reputation in the dental community you can trust.  We offer free consultation appointments and individualized care beyond comparison.  But don’t take our word for it, read over 1000 reviews at various sites including:

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If you choose to have this procedure completed by our trained implantologist and prosthodontist, you won’t regret it.  It will improve your lifestyle and you will want to smile and eat with your new teeth.  Drs. Scheinfelds and Orland can correct your problem of missing teeth. For professionals you can count on, visit and contact us at www.rightsmilecenter.com.

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

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Cosmetic Orthodontics

clear-correctLimited-objective orthodontics meets the aesthetic demands and quality of cosmetic dentistry we time and time again seek in our practice.  The concept of “Contemporary Orthodontics” is a useful tool of limited outcome orthodontics for adult patients. It has recently been rebranded and commonly referred to as short-term orthodontics because it can usually be accomplished in 12 months or less.

The entire process of using clear aligners has been developed by specialist orthodontists to be delivered by general dentists. Short-term orthodontics was never meant to be a substitute for full (or comprehensive) orthodontics.  Rather, it is an extension of cosmetic dentistry and an aesthetic alternative to veneers and crowns.

Preferring to move teeth rather than brandish a hand-piece, I use removable aligners to reach comparable aesthetic results.  It is rewarding to create great aesthetic results and save patients from having heavily prepped teeth restored with porcelain crowns or veneers and the resulting problems that may occur with these treatments. With cosmetic orthodontics, I look forward to seeing our patients. It is enjoyable to see how treatment unfolds, critically appraise cases and decide on our next course of action to bring our treatment plan to fruition.

And as our patients approach the finishing line, we notice the tremendous improvement made to their smile.  Clear aligners have been a fantastic addition to my skill set, enabling me to produce huge improvements to patients’ smiles and self-confidence.  It is the most rewarding aspect of my career to date.   I look forward to a working day when I have an orthodontic appliance review.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic orthodontics please contact us for an appointment.

Hanna Orland, DMD

The Right Smile Center

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com


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Live longer with Dental Implants!

dental-implants2Important Facts to Help Make Your Decision

When teeth are lost, the surrounding bone immediately begins to atrophy.  Implant treatment, for tooth replacement therapy, is the optimal treatment plan. Here are some important facts:

  • Wearing dentures accelerates bone loss. Waiting may make treatment success of any kind doubtful.
  • At the end of a five-year period, only 40% are still wearing the original partial denture made for them.
  • One study showed that after 8 years, 40% of the supporting teeth that the partial hooks onto were lost through tooth decay or fracture.
  • Patients with natural teeth can bite with about 200 pounds of force.

Denture wearers can bite with approximately 50 pounds of force. Those wearing dentures for 15 years or more can bite with only about 6 pounds of force, and their diet and eating habits have had to modify accordingly.

  • Here’s a biggy -Denture wearers have decreased nutritional intake causing a ten year shorter life span.
  • The single tooth implant success rate is above 98%, and unlike a bridge, the teeth adjacent to the implant are no more at risk than if no teeth were missing.
  • Implant-supported bridges or dentures have 95% success rates over 10 years without the severe loss of supporting bone.

For bone maintenance, the health of adjacent teeth, the longevity of the restoration and patient comfort, implant therapy is the treatment of choice.  If you have questions or want to know if you are a good candidate for affordable dental implants, please call our office in Sandy Springs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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