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How Much Does a Teeth Cleaning 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?  Absolutely, yes.

You need to be careful when you are considering your oral health care.  The teeth ARE CONNECTED are 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

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@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 Implants Sandy Springs

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.  The implant generally prevents further bone loss, which may lead to additional tooth loss.  Implants make it easier to speak and most definitely, 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 you get an all-in-one team.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS

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 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
  • The particular dentist/surgeon’s experience and specialty
  • 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.  Every patient, every mouth is unique. This is not a cookie cutter process.  Uniqueness creates a particular approach to every patient. 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 will be additional charges for the scans, anesthesia and modeling as well.  So please don’t be fooled by ads that sound too good to be true.  It’s your health at risk.

If you receive a quote or see a price that looks to good to be true, it most likely is.  In our practice we are oral physicians and safe, exceptional quality and long lasting implants come at a price. 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 1000 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

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com