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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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How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?

TMJ pain is often the result of issues with the (jaw) joint and/or surrounding muscles including, but not limited to, grinding/clenching of teeth, stress in facial muscles, dislocation of the disc, arthritis or trauma to the jaw.  If this joint becomes displaced or overworked through excessive teeth grinding or clenching, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in their jaw.  BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making the muscles unable to engage in the powerful movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.

The BOTOX® treatment for TMJ disorder and jaw tension is typically quick, straightforward, and effective.  Non-surgical BOTOX® injections are administered in our Sandy Springs office requiring no hospital stay.  Most patients experience noticeable improvement within 24 to 48 hours of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.

Only the areas injected with Botox will be “relaxed.” The treatment for TMJ therapy will not affect anywhere else in your body. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter muscles, while additional sites may be injected with Botox depending on the severity of the headaches.

We’re trained by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics to help you if you are having these types of issues with from muscle stress and jaw pain.  No one executes more injections per day than a dentist.  For a complimentary consult in our Sandy Springs office call today or email us.

Nanci Lubell, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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Tooth Decay and Cavities

Mature woman smilingTooth decay can happen to anyone.  Left untreated, cavities can become infected and eventually, result in tooth loss.  Don’t wait for a toothache to start taking care of your teeth.  By practicing good oral hygiene and getting regular dental checkups, you can protect yourself from tooth decay.

Perhaps there’s a need to have a better understanding of tooth decay. It begins with the normal bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria feed on food particles in your mouth and produce acid as a byproduct. The combination of bacteria, food debris, acid, and saliva in your mouth forms a filmy substance on your teeth called plaque.  If the plaque isn’t removed promptly, tooth decay will begin. Eventually, the plaque hardens into a mineral-like substance known as tartar, which without professional care is much harder to remove. Both tartar and plaque can eventually lead to the gum diseases known as gingivitis and periodontitis.

In addition to gum disease, plaque build-up also affects the protective enamel surface on your teeth, leading to cavities.  Without treatment, cavities grow larger and eventually compromise the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth.  If an abscess or other infection develops in the tooth it more than likely will result in the destruction, and probably the loss of your tooth.

The culprits in this scenario are starches and sugars we eat. In addition, sticky foods also promote cavities as they adhere to the surface of the teeth and facilitate bacterial activity.  Generally, if you snack a lot, you’re at higher risk of developing cavities from the plaque formed from poor eating and oral habits.

Although cavities are more common in younger people, adults aren’t immune.  Older fillings often deteriorate and allow bacteria to accumulate, resulting in additional tooth decay.

Most cavities are found early during regular dental checkups, but you have to show up for those checkups.  Sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods and drinks may also alert you to a possible cavity.  If you notice tooth sensitivity or pain, it’s morel than likely time to visit your dentist for an oral exam.

Once a cavity is found, treatment options include either a filling, crown or root canal therapy, depending on the degree of tooth decay. If caught early enough the most common cavity treatment is a filling.  If you waited until you had pain, and your cavity is severe, a crown may be necessary to restore the tooth.  If decay has spread to the tooth’s root, a root canal may be required. In this procedure, the nerve tissue is removed and sealed.  Then either a permanent filling is placed or a crown may be necessary as well.

So what should you do?  The best way to prevent decay and other dental issues associated with tooth decay is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly. If you experience tooth sensitivity, make an appointment to see your dentist sooner than later.  With proper dental examinations we can eliminate problems before they start. Don’t let your dental hygiene disrupt your lifestyle, contact us now.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200B

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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