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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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More than Just Teeth – Oral Health Care

Oral CancerThe hygienist plays an intricate role in your oral health care.  Discoveries in the last decade have uncovered the correlation between periodontal disease and other health related issues such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, pregnancy related problems that assigns new priorities to the role of the hygienist and your dental visits.

These correlations have caused a new focus on evaluating a dental patient and new signals related to their overall health.   According to the American Academy of Periodontology, infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. Research has shown there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions.” [1]

The U.S. Surgeon General agrees that oral health is a strong indicator of one’s overall health and well-being.[2]  Without consistent care and monitoring, several oral health problems can result.  Immediate risks include gingivitis, cavities, tooth decay, and other gum diseases which can eventually result in various types oral cancer.  There is a “silent epidemic”[3] that can be avoided by regular treatment at home and dental visits at least twice each year.  The average person can easily overlook conditions that could greatly complicate or even end one’s life.  Thus, visiting your dentist for regular checkups is vital to a healthier smile.

“Routine dental exams uncover problems that can be easily treated in the early stages, when damage is minimal”.[4] By treating conditions early in our Sandy Springs office, we hopefully can prevent oral diseases and ultimately create a better quality of life.

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

 

Serving residents in East Cobb, Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Buckhead and surrounding communities.

Related Articles

[1] (www.perio.org).

[2] (CDC, 2006).

[3] (U.S. Surgeon General).

[4] (American Dental Association [ADA], 2008).


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Healthy smile, healthy you!

mature womanRegular dental visits can tell a dentist a lot about your overall health.  Recent research indicates that your oral health is a reflection of your global health.  Meaning, if your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is also healthy.  Those with poor oral health, this may be sending signals of other health issues.

Additionally, a healthy smile may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring, such as gum precipitated heart infections.  As of late, a lot of orthopedic surgeons are requesting a blessing from your dentist before they operate.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, there is a relationship between gum disease and health complications such as a stroke and heart disease.[1]   Women, in particular with gum disease  show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.

Recent studies have shown that there are microbiologic and immunological findings that  support the association.  These studies indicate that periodontal infection can lead to placental-fetal exposure and, when coupled with a fetal inflammatory response, can lead to preterm delivery.[2]

Further research shows that more than 80 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and/or excessive gum problems. Such systemic diseases include:

  • diabetes
  • leukemia
  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease

Since most people have regular oral examinations their dentist may be the first line of defense to diagnose a health problem in its early stages.

Failing to take care of your teeth and can actually lead to other health problems, including:

  • Oral and facial pain. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, this pain may be largely due to infections of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and advanced gum disease affect more than 75 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Problems with the heart and other major organs. Mouth infections can affect major organs. For example, the heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue.
  • Oral cancer. Poor oral care can contribute to oral cancer, which now takes more lives annually than cervical or skin cancer.
  • Digestion problems. Digestion begins with physical and chemical processes in the mouth, and problems here can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestion disorders.

Seeing a dentist regularly keeps your mouth healthy and allows your dentist opportunities to examine developments that may point to other health issues.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office in Sandy Springs for a consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DME

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

[1]  “Gum Disease Links to Heart Disease and Stroke.” American Academy of Periodontology, May 8, 2008. www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.heart.htm

[2] JADA, 2006, Exploring the relationship between periodontal disease and pregnancy complications

Yiorgos A. Bobetsis, DDS, PhD, Silvana P. Barros, DDS, PhD and Steven Offenbacher, DDS, PhD, MMSc


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Older patients have special dental needs

elderly-patients-2Mouths, like other body parts, are affected by years and by genes. Older Americans are fast becoming the largest segment of our population and at the same time suffer disproportionately from oral diseases. The problem particularly acute for individuals in long term care facilities.  We say a patient yesterday in our Sandy Springs office and had to pull another tooth.  Our dilemma is how to get the facilities to do a better job.  The patient is usually on multiple medications and common side effects of normally reduce salivary flow.[1]   This adversely affects their quality of life, the ability to chew, and leads to significant problems of the teeth and their supporting structures.

It pains us to see this happen.  Quite honestly, a lot of senior care patients suffer from neglect, which results in terrible oral health.  These elderly patients have difficulty performing routine oral hygiene procedures because of physical limitations, such as Parkinson’s or rheumatoid arthritis or in the worst case, Alzheimer’s.  The further compounding of these issues is neglect.

They shouldn’t have to.  And it pains us to see it happening.

Together, you two can make an unbeatable team!  We can lead the horse to water but the elderly need better care between dental visits.

Specializing in Geriatric Patients, Dr. Scheinfeld was trained in prosthodontics at Emory University School of Dentistry. Dr. Oland and Dr. ZoAnna Scheinfeld devote a considerable amount of time actually traveling to nursing homes to treat the elderly.  If we can be of help to your and parents, please call us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

Hanna Orland, DMD

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Related articles

[1] Fox PC, Eversole LR. Diseases of the salivary glands. In: Silverman S, Eversole LR, Truelove EL, eds. Essentials of Oral Medicine. Ontario, Canada: BC Decker; 2002:260–276.

 


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Dentist Sandy Springs – Teeth Whitening

magicjohnsonMore 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 tooth 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

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Women and Oral Health

mature women smiling3As a woman, you know that your health needs are unique, including your oral health needs. And because your needs are unique, you need to take extra care of yourself.  The hormonal fluctuations throughout a woman’s life affect many tissues, including gum tissue.  These fluctuations occur when you mature and change, as you do during puberty or menopause, or other times when you have special health needs, particularly during menstruation and pregnancy.

According to the Journal of Periodontology[1] at least 23 percent of women between the ages 30 to 54 have periodontitis.[2]  And, 44 percent of women ages 55 to 90 who still have their teeth have periodontitis.  Yet many women do not realize they have it until it reaches an advanced state, which is why regular hygiene check-ups are so important.

What Should You Do?

See us for cleaning at least twice a year – you need to monitor your oral health.

Keep us informed about any medications you are taking and any changes in your health history.

Brush and floss properly every day.  Review your techniques with a dental professional.

If there any questions that you might have, please call us to discuss them.

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

Related articles

[1] January 1999 issue of the Journal of Periodontology

[2] Periodontitis is an advanced state of periodontal disease in which there is active destruction of the periodontal supporting tissues.