Author: Drs. Novy and ZoAnna Scheinfeld and Hanna Orland
Our team provides your family with contemporary, rewarding, and comfortable dental care. In our Sandy Springs office, patients come first. Everything we do, from the office design, to our clinical and management training, to the friendly atmosphere we foster in the practice, is for your pleasure and satisfaction.
Dr. Scheinfeld, a graduate of Emory University School of Dentistry and her associates understand the importance of balancing health and beauty for an amazing smile. Our comprehensive studies in cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and general dentistry, supported with state-of-the-art technology, deliver the strong, healthy, beautiful smile you deserve—the smile you'll feel comfortable sharing with your world.
If you don’t have dental insurance, it can be tempting to skip these regular visits. But neglecting preventive care can compromise your oral health, and prevent your dentist from spotting problems in their early stages.
And when small dental problems turn into bigger ones, the bills can get bigger, too. Avoiding regular checkups can result in periodontal disease, tooth loss, extractions and more.
Studies show that seeing your dentist regularly reduces your visits to your physician. Seeing your dentist regularly and maintaining your oral health helps your global health and reduces your cost of health care. This is particularly applicable to people with heart disease, diabetes and respiratory infections.
Finally, decayed and damaged teeth can affect your self-esteem and make you self-conscious. So even if you don’t have dental insurance, the cost of preventive care is worth every dime you spend, considering what you will save on your global and oral health over the years.
Many people are unaware of the consequences of losing their teeth or the effects of wearing partial or full dentures upon their jaws and bones. When teeth are lost, the surrounding bone immediately begins to shrink [atrophy]. Implant treatment, for tooth replacement therapy, can be the optimal treatment plan. Here are some important facts to take into consideration.
• Wearing dentures [plates] accelerates bone loss, and old dentures become loose because of this bone loss. It is possible to watch and wait for bone to disappear to the point where treatment success of any kind is in doubt.
• At the end of a five-year period, only 40% are still wearing the original partial denture made for them. This is not a great testimonial for value and utility. Those lucky enough to have a functioning partial denture after 5 years are still losing valuable supporting bone.
• Of those patients who wear a partial denture, 50% chew better without it.
• One study showed that after 8 years, 40% of the supporting teeth [abutments] that the partial hooks onto were lost through tooth decay or fracture.
• Patients with natural teeth can bite with about 200 pounds of force. Denture wearers can bite with approximately 50 pounds of force. Those wearing dentures for 15 years or more can bite with only about 6 pounds of force, and their diet and eating habits have had to been modified accordingly.
• The average lower full denture shifts from side to side during chewing and is a significant problem that new denture wearers must get use to and accept.
• Denture wearers have decreased nutritional intake, a ten year shorter life span, and 30% of denture wearers can only eat soft foods.
• The single tooth implant success rate is above 98%, and unlike a bridge, the teeth adjacent to the implant are no more at risk than if no teeth were missing.
• Implant-supported bridges or dentures have 95% success rates over 10 years without the severe loss of supporting bone.
For bone maintenance, the health of adjacent teeth, the longevity of the restoration and patient comfort, implant therapy is the treatment of choice. Implants can restore chewing function to the equivalent of someone with natural teeth. If you have questions or want to know if you are a good candidate for implant tooth replacement therapy, please call our office.
More and more the esthetics of teeth are of great importance to patients, including tooth color. The color of the teeth is influenced by a combination of their natural color and the presence of any external stains that may form on the tooth surface. The type of natural stain and initial tooth color can play a significant role in the ultimate outcome of tooth bleaching. Where oral health care used to be the primary function of a dentist, in the past 10 years the importance of tooth whitening for patients has seen a dramatic rise in the number of tooth whitening products and procedures to come onto the marketplace. The relationship of the doctor and patient has changed. And the demand by the consumer to kind of cookie cutter the results of esthetic dentistry is supplanting the traditional approach to oral health care.
Your smile is the first thing people notice. And our goal is to help you smile, but we want to make sure it’s the right smile, one that’s natural and comfortable for you. If chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are “hiding” the real you, it’s time for what is commonly referred to as a smile make over. It is understood that a beautiful smile can brighten your lifestyle every day, both professionally and socially. And unlike plastic surgery, teeth whitening isn’t a major operation. Imagine coming in for a single appointment or two and emerging with the smile you’ve always wanted. The results are immediate and dramatic. There are many ways you can receive a youthful, attractive, natural looking smile.
Your goals for achieving the smile you want and the dental health you need are my first priority in our Chamblee and Sandy Springs offices.
Bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, is when you clench or grind your teeth, that may cause harm. When teeth clenching or grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth become damaged and possibly other oral health issues may develop.
People may clench and grind their teeth without being aware of it during both the day and night. When it is sleep-related, bruxism is often the bigger problem because of the lack of control. While some of these symptoms are headaches or a sore jaw, they are masked by other factors such as too much stress, inability to relax, misalignment of the teeth, or even ones diet.
The cause of bruxism is not completely agreed upon, but daily stress may be the precipitant in many cases. The clenching the teeth may be brought on by anxiety, stress or depression. Other symptoms may include ear aches, insomnia and/or sensitivity in the teeth. The clenching or grinding puts pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw. The symptoms may develop into temporomandibular joint problems, commonly referred to as TMJ disorder.
If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, call us. An examination can rule out other disorders that may cause similar jaw pain or ear pain, including:
Ear disorders such as ear infections
Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
Our dentist can examine your mouth and jaw for signs of bruxism, such as jaw tenderness and abnormalities in your teeth. If it is diagnosed as night grinding, you can be fitted with a mouth or night guard (a splint) to prevent further damage to your teeth and other issues mentioned above. The varying types of splints may prevent clenching and create a scenario where your mouth remains relaxed during sleep or during the day. There are many approaches to retard the clenching behavior, many of which are more successful to daytime clench and grinders verses night clenchers.
Given that grinding and clenching may not fall within any one medical discipline, it may take a combination of approaches to permanently solve the problem. However, a dentist would appear to have the leg up on the other disciplines, give the amount of training and experience dentists have with your oral health. Regardless, call the health care provider you are comfortable with to seek solutions to this potentially damaging oral health problem.
So you got a mailer coupon with the offer of $49.95 for a regular cleaning & $19.95 for an exam & x-ray. Is it a cheap gimmick? A lot of the time it is, it just depends on the practice. If it’s a mature practice you might want to question why they are giving away services. 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.
Dental costs will vary widely, depending on the quality of the practice you see. With respect to continuing care (on your next 6 month visit), a teeth cleaning charge is going to range somewhere around $89, but it can be more if there’s a need to do a full mouth root scaling. Often dental insurance will cover some or all of this cost for a specific number of cleanings per year. The 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 of professional teeth cleaning is to prevent gum disease, which is the primary cause of tooth loss. Dental hygiene is imperative, and cleaning your teeth is the first step toward their long term preservation. In a standard cleaning, a dental hygienist (working under a dentist’s supervision) removes soft plaque and hard tartar (mineralized plaque that builds up on the teeth and can only be removed with professional instruments) 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 and brush and floss 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 and healthy patient.
Dental crowns cost anywhere between $900.00 and $1500.00 each depending on the tooth to being restored. In addition, the cost will vary depending on materials, complexity and the dentist’s training and experience and to some degree the location of the practice. Insurance may pay part of a crown’s cost if it’s obviously needed for medical reasons, but usually crowns are covered only on a limited basis per year.
Depending on the customers’ needs and wishes, partial and full crowns made of various materials may be utilized. Crowns are made porcelain, resin or porcelain-fused-to-non-precious-metal. A tooth-shaped cap (the crown) covers the entire surface of a tooth, adding strength, durability and stability. This usually requires two office visits; first to prepare the tooth, make an impression and install a temporary crown. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory or manufactured in-house with the use of a CAD aided milling machine to create the permanent crown, which is installed during the second appointment.
There’s often an initial office visit ($65-$102) and X-rays ($85-$135). One must not forget that there are additional costs that contribute to the overall price involved in crowns, aside from the material and type of crown chosen which are beyond the patient’s control. A large share of undervalued costs goes toward the treatment itself, lab and production costs for the crown, aftercare and the like.
Dental care on a whole is often seen as expensive, however with proper care a crown may last 10 or more years. Depending on the general wear and tear a crown is exposed to and how well you keep your teeth free of plaque, it could last indefinitely. With somewhere between 10 and indefinitely, the investment becomes rather modest, if not inexpensive.
If we can be of service or answer any of your questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.
Good oral hygiene is important for maintaining one’s overall health. If you believe this and you should, then there are 4 essential guidelines of preventative care to maintaining good oral health, all of which are endorsed by the American Dental Association:
1. Floss regularly and floss first- It is recommended that individuals floss on a regular basis after meals and before brushing their teeth. The reason to floss first is to dislodge any food particles trapped in between your teeth, which can be disposed of while brushing. The proper way to floss is to push the floss gently between your teeth to the gum to loosen debris your toothbrush cannot reach. Initially, you may experience some light bleeding but this should disappear once your gums get used to the flossing process.
2. Brushing your teeth- If you don’t have an electric toothbrush, good brushing by hand should take a minimum of 2 minutes and should involve brushing in a circular motion, which the electric toothbrush does for you. You work your way from one side of the mouth to the other, keeping in mind to pay attention to certain neglected areas such as the very back teeth and your tongue. Dentists recommend using soft bristle brushes and toothpaste that contain fluoride. The fluoride is important, because the rise in the consumption of bottled water has led to the population’s decline in fluoride intake.
3. Mouthwash- I am not sure how effective this is, but if you’re not going to brush twice a day, using a mouthwash that contains fluoride at least twice a day is a good preventative measure that kills the bacteria responsible for cavities and gum disease. Given recent research, you might want to choose a non-alcohol based rinse.
4. Your Dental visits- Maintaining your oral health requires regular dental visits at least every six months. You need to do this for early detection of potential global health problems that could develop into more serious issues and the hygienist can clean areas that might have been missed or that were resistant to the 3 steps above.
Finally,Finding a Dentist that is Right for You
Research shows that your dental care is an important aspect of your overall general health care. So you need to make sure you find a dentist that is right for you. This can be a difficult process. Look for someone who’s competent and you feel comfortable with, one you can have a collaborative relationship with. This is important because there are conditions and problems that were not discussed in this article that the dentist will need to pay attention to during your regular checkups. Hopefully after reading this article, you will have a better understanding of the basics for good oral health. I you have questions or concerns feel free to contact or call.