Transgenerational Post Traumatic Dental Syndrome : Dentist Sandy Springs

FearAs the summer ends, it’s important to make sure kids are ready to return to school with a clean bill of health, including their routine dental cleaning and examination. Once school begins, the classes, work, dorm-life, commuting and other school distractions make it hard to stay on track with their needed dental exams and cleanings.

A growing trend is the tendency to put off dental care needs or ignore them completely. Reasoning ranges from scheduling conflicts to the perception that oral health is an unnecessary expense. The truth of the matter is that most of the procrastination comes from fear of the dental chair and fear of the dental bill.  Unpleasant memories perpetuated their parent’s perspective about going to the dentist as young children seem to be universally common.  Years of socialization appear to be passed on from one generation to next only to be reinforced by ads and programs mimicking old adages such as ‘it’s like have a tooth pulled or as bad as a root canal’.  This has been compounded by the recession coupled with the rising cost and lack of healthcare.

The assumption is that the patient is saving money by extending the time between regular visits or by not going at all.  Not only is this assumption is wrong, but it costs patients their health as well as more money.  Patients who see their dentist on a regular basis save money in adjunctive health treatment.  New research by United Concordia shows that patients who visit their dentist on a regular basis not only improve their overall global health but by extension save in reduced medical costs as well.

According to a survey by the American Association of Endodontists, 70% of respondents say they want to avoid getting a root canal, and 60% were more anxious about root canal treatment than getting a tooth pulled (57%), or receiving a dental implant (54%).  But while perceptions remain the same, procedures don’t.   With today’s advanced technologies, root canals are no more painful than getting a filling–root canal treatment is actually one of the best ways to save your natural tooth.  While we do partner with endodontists, our in-house endodontics by Dr. Hanna Orland appears to help patients feel less anxious while delivering immediate and familiar quality of care.

Dentists not only improve your smile and maintain your oral health, they improve your overall lives.  So if you’re thinking about putting off that dental appointment because it can wait, think again.

If we can be of assistance or can answer any of your questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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How to Choose the Right ‘Cosmetic’ Dentist

UniqueOver the past decade there has been a dramatic appearance of ‘cosmetic dentists’ to the degree that almost every dentist is now a cosmetic dentist. Why? Because there is no such thing as a cosmetic dentist and therefore it is unregulated.  Because the term ‘cosmetic’ is unregulated there is no shortage of dentists pressing the envelope of ethics.  So how do choose the right dentist?

  1. Make sure your ‘cosmetic’ dentist is accredited by the American Dental Association and not just a member.  This would be a prosthodontic trained dentist, which is a 3 year post-doctoral dental degree specializing in aesthetic and functional dentistry.
  2. Don’t be fooled by all of the organizations that provide unaccredited certifications.  The only accredited specialties are those approved by the American Dental Association and cosmetic dentistry is not an approved credential.
  3. Select a prosthodontist who performs cosmetic dentistry every day.  Creating the right smile is more of an art than a science.
  4. Look for real reviews and a history of longevity within the field of prosthodontics.
  5. Request a consult and ask to see before and after results.
  6. Finally, trust your instincts.

A prosthodontist will have a significant amount of experience in complex cases.  According to Forbes Magazine the prosthodontist is the rarest dental specialty in the United States, making up less than 2% of the dentists.

So for the right smile make sure you have the right dentist, a prosthodontist.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Buckhead: Need a Cosmetic Dentist?

See an ADA approved Prosthodontist.

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If you are in need of tooth restoration, or if you are unhappy with the way your smile looks, your first inclination may be to head to a cosmetic dentist.  Instead, it may be wiser to head to a prosthodontic dentist.

Most patients have never heard of a prosthodontic dentist. However, these dentists are highly regarded and certified by the American Dental Association (ADA).  Cosmetic dentistry is not a recognized ADA specialty. This means that dental schools instruct dentists in techniques, methods, and specialized training in prosthodontics—dental schools do not instruct dentists in cosmetic dentistry.

Prosthodontic dentists  are university trained in certain types of procedures that are used in cosmetic dentistry. What’s more, prosthodontic dentists receive an additional three years of post-dental school training.  Of the 170,000 dentists in the United States, less than 2% are trained prosthodontists.  According to Forbes Magazine, prosthodontics is the rarest dental specialty in the country.

During their extra three years of schooling, prosthodontic dentists study anatomy of the head, neck, and mouth as well as esthetics (the cosmetic part of performing procedures). These dentists are trained to be experts in the field of aesthetic dentistry.  They are commonly considered the quarterbacks of implant dentistry.

Many prosthodontic dentists also help patients with maxillofacial procedures. Maxillofacial procedures are ones in which acquired and congenital defects are treated. These can be any defects of the head and neck due to trauma or injury, or they could be defects that were present at birth. However, in order to be licensed to practice maxillofacial procedures, a dentist must complete an additional year of training. This is an extra year after the three extra years required for becoming a prosthodontic dentist.

If you’re in need of cosmetic dentistry, go with a pro, a prosthodontic dentist.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC,

Emory University trained Prosthodontist.

The Right Smile Center

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Sandy Springs: Who’s Afraid of the Dentist? Women

FearAccording to research by the University of Sydney the most likely age group to exhibit the greatest amount of anxiety is women over 40.  Their anxiety is real and complex.  Dr. Avanti Karve says that women over 40 wait 17 days on average before calling their dentist about severe pain.[1] A study by the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found patients who fear the dentist cope with it by 1) distraction 2) distancing 3) prayer 4) self-efficacy and 5) optimism.  Not only do perceptions never change, they become exacerbated by women in their 40s.

Given all the strides made in delivering painless dentistry, we still have to recognize that we are way up there a long with the fear of snakes and heights when we meet a patient.  In our practice we are extremely aware of these fears and take extra measures to give our patients a comforting experience.  Modern dentistry is virtually painless.  And remember, we are conducting surgery in one of the most sensitive areas of your body.

There are additional efforts made to allay these fears.  As professionals we do provide distractions, relaxation techniques and where necessary, mild sedation.  If your fears are preventing you from maintaining your oral health you may also be harming your global health.  That’s the last thing your dental provider wants.  If you’ve got dental fears call us and let us know, so we can adjust our delivery to meet your needs.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs: Dental Spas?

SpaIs a dental spa more about building confidence and changing lives? While you get your dental work done, do you want a facial?  Ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Chinese all used certain methods to relax a person suffering from ailments such as a toothache. The “barber surgeon” in the 18th and 19th century allowed barbers to perform some dental procedures as well as shaves and haircuts.[1] The term “spa dentistry” (presently synonymous to dental spa) actually was used in the 18th century to describe dental practitioners in Bath England.[2] Dr. Curris, a female dentist in 18th Century Bath England likely created the first dental spa offering patients dentistry with skin and bodycare.

The terms, “dental spa” and “spa dentistry,” began to be more publicly used in the late 1990s.[3] In 1998, Lorin Berland DDS, reserved the name DallasDentalSpa.com.[4] An estimated nine to fifteen percent of the American population—about 30 million to 40 million people—avoid essential dental care because of fear or anxiety.[5] [6] Although there are many variations, adapters of the dental spa concept generally offer cosmetic, general, and restorative dentistry with a key focus on making the visit a pampering and pleasant experience.  But does it really work?

In our practice we are committed to the goal of making your next dental health experience a stress-free, restful, and yes, even enjoyable.  Our profession dictates we offer you quality oral health care with unprecedented patient service, but do we need to offer you a warm towel or should we give away free laughing gas?

We’re a multi-specialty practice which means we can treat a lot of your oral health issues and cosmetic dentistry under one roof.  But we are not all things to all people.  We understand there are those in the profession that seek to distract you from what’s really important.  We recognize you’re our number one priority, and we do this by focusing on delivering you the highest quality oral health care we can.  Whether you’re in for routine maintenance or full mouth reconstruction, we are dedicated to providing unprecedented oral health care.  We change lives with the right smile, one that’s beautiful as well as functional.  We bring a tremendous amount of old school experience using proven techniques and technology.

Call us for a free consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] Dental+Spa=Blackjack, American Dental Association 147th Annual Scientific Session, October 19, 2006.

 

[2]  Fawcett, T., Spa dentistry: practitioners in 18th century Bath. May 1996.

[3]  (April 9, 1997). The Sacramento Bee (“The Dental Spa” teeth whitening salon opened May 1, 1997 in California.

[4] Wahl, P., Hollett, L., Hegarty, G. KNOCKS and Rubs of Dental Spas Dental Economics (Sept. 29, 2004).

[5] WPTV, May 14, 2008, Dental Spa

[6] WFTV, June 17, 2008, Patients Relaxing in Dental Spas

Sandy Springs Dentist: How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

Oral ExamGood question because there is no simple answer.  That’s not what you thought the answer would be. However, I read a recent article suggesting that one cleaning per year may be enough for a certain portion of our population.  And yet the article suggested that for those with one or more of the three risk factors – smoking, diabetes and genetics- 2 dental cleanings would be necessary.  And for the segment of our population with 2 or more of the 3 risk factors, more than two times a year may be needed.  So where do you fit in, are you zero or three for risk factors?[1]

What the study failed to address is a genetic factor that would necessitate 3 or more visits per year?  We know there are those who are at greater risk, but we don’t have a scalable method to determine those with increased risk and those who are not at risk.  And to compound the issue, the insurance companies won’t allow dentist to diagnose for the difference.  Each patient presents a unique set of characteristics, but is treated by insurance companies in a cookie cutter approach.  As a result both patients and doctors are left to navigate what would otherwise be personalized medicine.[2]

As a health care provider I tried to distance myself from what the insurance industry dictates and stay true to my professional teachings.  However, we as a society need to change how we look at our global health care system.  One of the aspects the study failed to address is that Concordia Insurance has found that those patients who seek routine oral care on a regular basis reduce their overall health costs and improve their global health. So by correlative analysis, it would make sense to see your dentist at least twice a year.

If we can help you determine a more personalized treatment please give us a call, because what your insurance will pay is at the bottom of consideration in our practice.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Sandy Springs: Complete Dentistry without Warm Towels

Quality oral health care with unprecedented patient service.

mature womanWe’re a multi-specialty practice which means we can treat a lot of your oral health issues and cosmetic dentistry under one roof.  But we are not all things to all people.  And we aren’t trying to be all things to all people.  We focus on your oral health as it relates to your global health, but not your dietitian or physician and we shouldn’t be.  We can work with these specialists as a support team to what you eat and how your oral indicators might lead to other gateway issues.  While we are intimately involved in your wellness by keeping your oral health issues at a minimum, if not completely eliminated, we don’t tell you to eat more avocados and fewer bananas.  We do tell you to drink less soda because that directly relates to your oral health.  So it’s a balanced approach.

We recognize that a lot of things have changed in oral health care.  And we have been conservative leaders in the process.  We were one of the early practices that treated general patient pools with prosthodontic expertise.  We’ve been doing dental implants for over 18 years.  We were one of the first to use digital x-rays 10 years ago.  But we haven’t introduced warm damp towels into our practice and we don’t do massages.[1]  Nor do we douse you with laughing gas.  We can’t be all things to everyone, because it’s a distraction from what we need to do and that’s creating the right smile for you and your loved ones.

For over a year now we offer in-house endodontics, but refer out if we see the need.  We also offer in-house periodontics and implant placement to complement our restorative and cosmetic practice.  Whether you’re in for routine maintenance or full mouth reconstruction, you will enjoy unprecedented oral health care from a group of experienced dentists.  We are focused on your oral health and quality of life as it relates to your oral health.  Our team is devoted to changing your lives with the right smile that’s both beautiful and functional, all within your life style.  We’re a lot of old school experience operating with new techniques and technology.

So if you’re looking for quality care from a group of professionals that really care about you, gives us a call or check out our reviews and see what other patients have said about their experience with the Right Smile Center.

www.rightsmilecenter.com/reviews

 

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 


[1] Dr. Scheinfeld is also a Physical Therapist, so knows how to apply massage therapy if she had to.