Sandy Springs Dentist: Cracked or Broken Tooth

dental-emergencyA cracked or broken tooth do not always show any visible signs of damage, but may present a variety of symptoms, including sensitivity to hot and cold, or hit-or-miss pain when chewing.  And there are times when there are no symptoms at all.  But the problem is that eventually the pulp will become infected to the point where is can no longer repair itself.  Once this happens, the infection can spread to the bone and gum tissue that surrounds the tooth.

Early diagnosis and treatment are important to saving these teeth.  The goal is to prevent a broken or cracked tooth from progressing to the point where you lose the entire tooth.  So as much as you hate it, call your dentist and have him or her take a look at it.  If you have a cracked or broken tooth chances are you will need to undergo a root canal and have a crown restoration to return your tooth to a strong and healthy part of your oral health.

Types of cracked teeth:

  • Craze lines – tiny cracks in the enamel
  • Cracked as in extending from the enamel to the root
  • Fractured Cusp – weakened but not yet broken off
  • Vertical root fracture – they start at the root and are working their way up to the surface above the gum line
  • Split tooth – readily identifiable split with a separation between the parts of the tooth

Our office performs a variety of in-house specialties from endodontics (root canals), periodontics and implant placement and restoration.  If we can be of help or answer your questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328


Cancer: What to Do or Say.

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Lots of people in treatment for cancer are affected by dry mouth. Sometimes, dry mouth can last beyond the end of treatment. The medical term is xerostomia, from the Greek words xeros (dry) and stoma (mouth). Dry mouth happens when the mouth tissues dry out due to a lack of saliva. Saliva’s important because it reduces the germ level in the mouth, helps cleanse the mouth, removes food debris and maintains health of the tissues lining the mouth. All of these functions help prevent cavities, too.

If dry mouth becomes severe, people can develop chewing, swallowing, tasting and talking problems. It’s most common in patients who’ve been treated with radiation for head and neck cancer.

Some symptoms of dry mouth include:

  • Mouth sores, where you get little white or red spots in the mouth.
  • Increased mouth sensitivity. Your mouth may hurt, especially while eating.
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Dentist Sandy Springs: How to Find a Quality Dentist

Finding the right dentist:

Drs. Scheinfeld, Scheinfeld & Orland1.  Searching the internet is probably the number one method used to verify who your trusted family members, friends and co-workers recommend to you.  If you search the internet, look for the number of reviews (20 or 450 reviews) and the timeliness of the reviews (i.e. how current are they).

2.  Some suggest you ask your family doctor, but in today’s world a) your doctor can’t be reached and b) he really doesn’t have a clue, so forget that route.

3.  Contacting your local or state dental society for a referral will probably be a waste of time, but if you are going to go that route, my associate of 24+ years was the past President of the Georgia Dental Association.   Look him up, Dr. Sidney Tourial.  Search the Internet or look under “dentists” or “associations” for the dental society nearest you.

4.  Call your nearest dental school clinic.  Really, that’s about as good as calling your doctor.

5.  Consult the American Dental Association’s member directory.  I guess, but almost every dentist belongs to the ADA.  So how do you distinguish among the 170,000 dentists in the U.S.?

6.  Ask your current dentist for a referral if you are moving to a new area.  That actually makes sense.  Ask him or her if they wouldn’t mind checking out a few names you have narrowed it down to.

What to Look For in a Dentist:

7.  How long have they been in business?  We’ve been in business since I graduated my prosthodontics residency from Emory University in 1988.

8.  Determine how accessible the dentist is: Is his or her office near your home or job? If you work, somewhere between home and near work seem to make the most sense.

9.  How hard is it to get the appointment times you need to fit into your work schedule or other members of your family’s schedule?

10. Survey the office to make sure it is clean and well-kept. We offer complimentary (free) consultations, so it doesn’t cost you anything to look at the office and our staff.

11.  Look for pleasant, respectful interactions between dentist and staff.  Again, we offer free consultations, so it cost you nothing to check us out.

12.  Consult with the dentist about your dental history and problems, and decide whether you like the way he or she explains preventive measures and treatments.  Realistically, we are going to be on our best behavior, but again realistically, how many group practices have associates for 24+ years who was the President of the GDA?   And my newest associates are my two wonderful daughters.

13.  Ask about fees, payment and insurance plans. We both want to know about each other.  I want to know what your expectations and circumstances are and you want to know whether or not I am delivering a service that you value and trust.

14.  Find out whether your dentist provides a way for you to receive emergency, after-hours care.  Of course we do.  We give out our cell phones.

15.  Ask what sorts of continuing education he or she has pursued to keep up with new developments in dentistry.  Quite frankly, I am a prosthodontist, and there only 3200 prosthodontist out of 170,000 dentists in the country.  It’s a pretty rigorous post graduate program and very few dentists choose to put themselves through the process.  I am constantly taking courses and attending study groups to either validate what I am doing or learn new techniques.

If we can be of service or answer any of questions please feel free to contact us.  Also, visit our website.  It’s long and what some say wordy, but we are attempting to be informative and put in writing as much as one can tolerate on the internet.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328


Dentist Sandy Springs: How much does tooth bonding cost?

bondingIt depends.  Sounds like a lawyer answer to the question.  But it does depend on the type of bonding procedure being performed.  Is it to improve the contour of a front tooth, to replace an old filling with a more esthetic restoration or to fill a small cavity? Each procedure involves different resources, therefore different fees.

As with all dental fees the service may vary depending on where you live or where your dentist is located or his or her level of training.  There is always going to be a range of fees for the same service, depending on the experience of the dentist, materials used, esthetic demands of the procedure and complexity of the treatment.

The average cost of cosmetic dental bonding ranges from $250 to $600 per tooth.   Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of the bonding, particularly when it is done for functional reasons.  The cheapest, does not necessarily mean it is the best.

The bonding procedure utilizes a composite resin to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile.  Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth.  Depending on where the resin is placed, the restoration could last up to 10 years, but I usually tell people 5 years.

While they may not last as long as desired, the main advantage over silver fillings is the esthetics. Because silver does not stick to teeth, a large portion of  healthy tooth structure is usually removed to keep an amalgam  filling in place.  Whereas composites permit your dentist to remove only the decayed area of the tooth.  Also, composite bonding expands just like your teeth and are much less likely to cause cracks in your tooth.  The disadvantage is bonding with composites simply costs more in time and material.

If you would like to know more about composite bonding or whether this is the right solution to enhance your smile, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC 290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328


Dentist Sandy Springs: Amazing Dental Implants

dental-implants2Dental Implants are actually an amazing procedure that give you a second chance for your teeth!

Benefits and Advantages of Implants:

  • Longevity and reliability with proper oral hygiene and care. Scientifically tested and approved dental implant systems have been shown to last as long as 20 years or more with few or no complications.
  • Increased self-confidence. Because they function like natural teeth, most people who get them experience a renewed sense of self-confidence.
  • Improved biting pressure. Healthy teeth are able to absorb over 300 pounds of biting pressure per square inch. If you have worn dentures for long time, that pressure may be diminished to one-tenth that of natural teeth. Dental implants can restore the amount of pressure that can be withstood to nearly the same level of healthy natural teeth.
  • Comfort and fit. Because your replacement teeth are anchored securely in your bone, they won’t slip or slide like unsecured dentures can.

Call today and make an appointment for a free consultation to see whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328