The Mona Lisa, is it The Right Smile?

mona-lisa-pradoEvery year, about 6 million people visit the Louvre to see Da Vinci’s famous portrait, the Mona Lisa.  Dr. ZoAnna Scheinfeld just visited it this summer.  And she can attest that for centuries since 1508, Da Vinci’s ingenuity and talent have sparked well deserved debates and a multitude of theories attempting to uncover the mysteries behind the famous Mona Lisa smile.

The enigmatic smile has been the source of inspiration for many and a cause for desperation in others. The French artist Luc Maspero jumped four floors to his death from a hotel room in Paris in 1852. In his suicide note he explained that he preferred death to living without understanding the mystery behind her smile. Obviously, the right smile can be quite powerful.

When discussing the mystery behind the smile, art experts often refer to a painting technique developed by Da Vinci known as sfumato.  In Italian, sfumato means “vanished” or “smoky”, implying that the portrait of the Mona Lisa is ambiguous and blurry, leaving its interpretation to the eye of the beholder. This technique relies on a true understanding of light and nature, using a subtle blend of tones and colors to produce the illusion of form, depth and volume.  Welcome to the world of prosthodontics and a multi-specialty practice.

If we can be of service to you or your family please give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

Right Smile Center, LLC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Sandy Springs: How Much does it cost to get your teeth cleaned?

Oral ExamSo you see an offer of $49.95 for a teeth cleaning, exam & x-ray come through your mailbox.  Is it a lost leader?  It just depends on the practice.   Is it a loss leader used to get you in and pressure you into other dental procedures?

If it’s a new practice, then providing discounted services is one of the few methods a new practice has to introduce itself to the surrounding community, no different than a new restaurant trying to showcase its menu.  The genuine intent is to build a relationship by showcasing the practice.  If it’s a mature practice, then there is probably going to be pressure to accept other services.

A teeth cleaning is going to range somewhere around $65 to $89.[1] Often dental insurance will cover some or all of the cost of at least two.  The doctor’s oral 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). Usually this is covered by dental insurance.

Your main goal should be to prevent gum disease, which if not examined and treated when necessary will result in greater costs, including tooth loss.  Dental hygiene is imperative, and cleaning your teeth is the first step towards preserving them.

If you’ve neglected to take care of your teeth, you may be at higher risk for losing them and require a deep cleaning.  This more extensive process called scaling and root planing is done by quadrants (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left) at a cost of about $100 -$400 per quadrant depending on the severity of the problem or $400 -$1,600 for the entire mouth. This is where you run into problems with ‘couponing dentists’. Often that coupon patient is pressured into being that scaling and root planing patient.

Your goal and our goal is a healthy mouth which is part of your overall health.  The mouth is connected to the body.  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.    Our goal here is to create an informed healthy patient.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, M.S., D.M.D.

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[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.

Your Teeth – Health Care’s Stepchild

Here is the biggest lie propagated about healthcare and insurance companies.

“Edentulism[1] is not a risk factor for any other diseases, so it is not a liability to the overall health of a patient.”

This is a lie that has been propagated for decades.  Bad teeth and long-term low-level infections can damage your lungs and heart, lead to increased and/or chronic lung infections and even lead to sepsis; death in extreme cases. In a cross-sectional study, Abed Al-Hadi Hamasha and others found significant differences between edentulous and dentate individuals with respect to rates of atherosclerotic vascular disease, heart failure, ischemic heart disease and joint disease.[2]CIMG1170

Although there are no data to support the contention that the compromised nutrition of edentulous people leads to adverse health conditions, it is known that nutrient deficiencies are associated with a variety of diseases. Therefore, it is possible that edentulous patients with poor nutrition may be at greater risk for a variety of diseases.[3]  As a consequence of a lack of certain nutrition due to altered eating habits, various health problems can occur, from the mild to the extreme. Lack of certain vitamins (A, E and C) and low levels of riboflavin and thiamin can produce a variety of conditions, ranging from constipation, weight loss, arthritis and rheumatism. There are more serious conditions such as heart disease and Parkinson’s disease and even to the extreme, certain types of Cancer.

The absence of teeth can damage your jaw bone’s structure.  In addition, the tongue, which consists of a very dynamic group of muscles, tends to fill the space it is allowed, and in the absence of teeth, will broaden out.  And the most ludicrous thing today that exemplifies the attitude I quoted, above, is that Medicare won’t pay for any dental work, or dentures – yet it will pay for a male erection (Viagra.)  Go figure.

If we can help you, please contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] Edentulism is the condition of being toothless to at least some degree.

[2] Hutton, Feine, Morais, 2002

[3] http://cda-adc.ca/jadc/vol-68/issue-3/182.pdf

Cavities – the mouth is connected to the body

special-needs1It is not merely semantics, but rather a paradigm shift in thinking to consider dental caries (cavities) as a ‘complex disease caused by an imbalance in physiologic equilibrium between tooth mineral and biofilm fluid’.[1]  A consequence of dental caries being a complex disease is that on a population basis we may have success with a particular preventive oral program in one select segment of population in our country, but not necessarily in another segment with different cultural and behavioral habits. Moreover, society and the dental community may need to organize our dental health care very differently in neighboring counties, and apply fluorides, tooth brushing protocols and flossing in very different ways (mouth rinsing, toothpaste, water fluoridation and supervised brushing etc.) to obtain rather similar caries reductions from one locale to another.

Contrary to urban lore, the mouth is connected to the body.  So, whatever directions caries research should take from here it will require a multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems and should be included in a well-planned healthcare approach. More than ever, well-educated clinical dentists set the stage and should be included in collaboration with colleagues trained in the multitude of new fields in the basic sciences (biophysics, functional genomics, proteomics, chemical biology, nano-technology, etc.) to address clinically relevant questions.

A higher standard of oral healthcare well planned.  Get the facts, ask the Right Smile Center.  If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] Fejerskov O, Nyvad B: Is dental caries an infectious disease? Diagnostic and treatment consequences for the practitioner; in Schou L (ed): Nordic Dentistry 2003 Yearbook. Copenhagen, Quintessence Publishing, 2003, pp 141– 151.

Stop smoking—anything

The evidE-Cigarettesence is indisputable; everyone knows smoking increases your risk of cancer, including oral cancers such as lip and larynx.  We also know that smoking contributes to numerous other health complications.  As a result we have seen the rise of E-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes.  However, E-cigarettes may not be the safe alternative you think. Several studies are finding that E-cigarettes contain certain chemicals and toxins that may contribute to the risk of cancer.  E-cigarettes, as an example, contain  toxic chemicals found in antifreeze and numerous cancer-causing chemicals, such as nitrosamines.[1]

We hope this advice will lead to your decision to cease smoking anything and everything.  If we can be of assistance do not hesitate to call us for a consultation.

Right Smile Center, LLC

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

4047-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] http://www.cancer.net/navigating-cancer-care/prevention-and-healthy-living/tobacco-use/health-risks-e-cigarettes-smokeless-tobacco-and-waterpipes

 

Oral healthcare and the cancer patient

Sandy Springs Dentist – A higher standard through healthcare well planned

Oral CancerManagement of a patient being treated for cancer, particularly where the cancer treatment is located near the head and neck should involve your oral healthcare provider, i.e. your dentist.  Unfortunately, there are very few published studies or guidelines on how to manage the cancer patient during therapy.  Accordingly, there is considerable variation across the medical community relative to specific non-medicated approaches to baseline oral care.

Oral-facial complications are common after radiotherapy to the head and neck, and after chemo-therapy for malignant diseases. Oral Mucositis, also called stomatitis is the most frequent and debilitating complication of cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy, occurring in about 40% of patients. Oral mucositis is inflammation of the mucosa of the mouth which ranges from redness to severe ulceration. Symptoms of mucositis vary from pain and discomfort to an inability to tolerate food or fluids.[1]

All patients at risk should receive a standardized oral care regime as an ongoing component of their cancer therapy.  Additional interventions may include dental brushing with toothpaste, dental flossing, ice chips, and sodium bicarbonate rinses. These regimens typically include dental work to eliminate caries and existing gum disease before beginning cancer treatment, followed by thorough and frequent cleaning of the oral cavity with a variety of products, some form of pain relief, anti-inflammatory treatment as required and aggressive antimicrobial treatment for any new mouth infections.[2] Patient compliance with these agents can be maximized by comprehensive overseeing by the oral healthcare professional.

Get the facts, ask the Right Smile Center.  If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC.

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] http://oralcancerfoundation.org/dental/pdf/mucositis.pdf

[2] Ibid.

Dentist Atlanta: How much does having a tooth pulled cost?

Drs. Novy and ZoAnna Scheinfeld:

Wonderfully informative article. Please read this at your leisure.

Originally posted on the right smile:

The cost of a simple tooth extraction can range anywhere from $95 to $250 depending on whether the procedure is being performed by a dentist or a specialist known as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.  If the tooth is broken at the gum line, it will be considered a ‘surgical extraction’ and usually costs $150 to $300.  Extracting a wisdom tooth, which is usually done by an oral surgeon, can cost anywhere between $150 and $350, but if it’s a partially or completely impacted wisdom tooth then the cost could climb as high as $650.

The cost of the tooth extraction can be higher; for example, if the tooth disintegrates, it can take the dentist a while to get all of it out and the dentist may charge you extra if that happens.  Each patient and each tooth is unique.  It can be cookie cutter, but…

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