Alpharetta Dentist: Diagnosing Snoring Causes

Alpharetta dentist near me
snoring and sleep apnea solutions

Although snoring is not harmful it can interrupt the sleep of you and your partner.  Then it becomes harmful as it relates to the rest the body needs every night.  The noise comes from the vibration of the soft tissue in the throat. A little self-diagnosis might be of help in determining the cause of your problem.  The following are some causes to look for:

  1. Allergies may interfere with your respiratory tract.  Obviously, you need to stay away from known allergens or you might need to take preventative medicines.
  2. Overweight is one of the contributing factors of snoring. Losing some weight may help reduce the fatty tissue in your airway and the pushing of your abdomen on your lungs.
  3. Avoid taking certain medicines such as antihistamines and sedatives before going to bed as they can encourage you to snore.
  4. Consider avoiding dairy products before bedtime. They can increase mucus build-up in your throat, which may lead to snoring.
  5. Smoking can cause snoring. It irritates the tissues in the throat and creates congestion in some tissues of the respiratory system. Among other reasons like oral and lung cancer, quit smoking if you want to stop snoring.
  6. Elevate your head when sleeping.  This can be accomplished by raising the headboard end of the bed, sleep on a firm mattress and utilize additional pillows to support your neck and prevent obstructions to your airway.

If you have run through these little helpful tips and you are still snoring, you might break down and ask our dentist for help.  If we can be of assistance please feel free to contact us for a complimentary consultation.  We are conveniently located at Roswell Road and I-285.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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How to Finance Dental Implants – Dentist Sandy Springs

dental-implants2Having a mouth with missing teeth, severe decay, crowded teeth or other issues can diminish your self- esteem, all of which are issues that typically can be addressed by dental implants.  Dental implants are permanently attached by inserting posts into the jaw bone and placing an artificial tooth onto the post. The average cost for each implant is between $1250 to $1800.[1]

Talk to us about options offered for financing.  We will be able to provide you with a few sources for outside dental financing and may offer in-house financing.  We will contact the names of potential lenders that will finance your implants and ask for the terms and conditions of the loans offered. Loans for dental work can vary in interest rate and length of loan, both of which can drastically alter the monthly payment.

Historically dental implants were not covered under a dental plan but now that they are the standard of care, they generally are.  You might also check with your medical insurance provider if you need the implants due to a medical condition.  Dental care is generally not covered under a healthcare plan, but if the tooth loss is a result of a medical condition, coverage may be allowed to restore your teeth. We can advise you if that is the case.

We can visit Citicard.com or carecredit.com to see if the financing programs fit your needs.  You may want to look at one or more credit cards as a third or supplemental option for financing.

Ask to review the options and determine which one is best suited for your situation. Look at the interest rates, years of repaying and monthly payment.  Apply with the company you feel will work best for you realizing the benefits you will have for years to come.  If we can be of assistance, please call us for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

 

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

[1] It should go with saying, that each patient presents a unique set of circumstances which may alter these parameters.

Sandy Springs: Affordable Dental Implants

dental implant dentist near meThe cost of dental implants may appear high, and therefore, unaffordable to most people.  But not if you consider the beneficial differences, the time involved and the expertise of your specialist.

While I have written on these issues before, let’s explore the aspects of price and how different dental implants may differ depending on various factors.

If the price is too good to be true?

The cost of an dental implant starts from around $1,500 up to $5,000.00 .  Anything less may be an indicator that you’re getting an inferior product or one not designed for a particular location in your mouth.  Short term the implant device may appear to be fully functional.  But if we look at the cost and the cost of other materials for dental implants compared to their operational life, the difference may be likened to the difference between Toyo’s and Michelin tires.  Here again you may get what you pay for and the initial cost may appear affordable, but in the  long term you are going to get a better result with respect to how it functions and how long it lasts if your provider installs Michelins.

The real concern for the patient is ‘where and how’ to find inexpensive quality dental implant, and most likely the driving adjective is ‘inexpensive’.  This is a result of the perception by the patient that teeth are utilitarian to their daily life.  That’s really not the case, but to put the cost into perspective let’s examine what goes into the cost of a dental implant.

4 Factors that Drive the Cost of Dental Implants:

The Material:
The traditional materials – prices of cobalt-chromium alloy and titanium are not the same.  Implants from cobalt-chromium (CC) alloy rods are cheaper than comparable titanium implants, but when it comes to zirconium dioxide, then cost of a dental implant may appear to be cost prohibitive to the patient.  However, depending on where the implant is being placed, you may end up with a less than satisfactory result with the less expensive CC implant.  You just won’t know it for a while.

The Size:
This variable is a significant factor.  The bigger the implant, the more material, the more it costs, but also the more it may do.  Also, special coatings applied to the surface of the implant, contributing to better osseo-integration with the bone, will affect the cost of the dental implant.

The Manufacturer:
Different manufacturers put different prices on similar rods made from the same material. Some manufacturers include some kind of an extra charge in the dental implant’s price for their brand name. This is a lot more esoteric and therefore harder to explain.   It’s like trying to explain the difference between Polo and Hanes T-shirts.  However, some of these manufacturers provide lifetime guarantees and replacement for failure.

Finally, it may depend on where your dentist gets his implants from.  And this factor may be a function of how motivated your provider is in providing you with the best implant material for the least amount of cost to you.  Some of that may just end up being economies of scale by your provider.  Does your provider have contacts directly with manufactures in China or Israel, where the dental implant cost can be significantly reduced, while the indirect purchase of dental implants from U.S dental suppliers may ratchet up the price?

A lot of your choice and cost may depend on the choice of your provider.   It’s not to say the more you spend the better you will be.  Rather, a reputable practitioner, who is truly trained in the placement and restoration (and this may be two providers in our office), may be a significant factor in what you end up with and what it costs.  Trust and reputation are the more difficult factors to define for the patient.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, ‘who’s the rarest of them all?”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/01/24/the-most-common-and-rarest-jobs-in-the-u-s/

Unique cosmetic dentistThe second rarest profession: prosthodontist. There are only 560 of these dental specialists who are devoted to restoring and replacing teeth.

Unless you work in this field, you probably haven’t encountered many prosthodontists in your lifetime.  That’s because this is one of the least common jobs in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey.  Prosthodontists have received extensive training in designing, fitting, and placing dental prosthetics like dentures, partial dentures, bridges and particularly dental implant restorations.

For more information about prosthodontics, contact the Right Smile Center.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Dental Cleanings Sandy Springs

Sandy Springs teeth cleanings near meProfessional teeth cleanings performed by a certified dental hygienist are the foundation to maintaining a healthy mouth and preventing future gum disease and tooth decay.   Actively preventing periodontal disease and tooth decay starts at home, augmented with regular dental cleanings and oral exams, you should be able to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

In a professional dental cleaning, our hygienist will:

  • Remove plaque and tarter from the teeth and gum line
  • Remove calculus below the gum line with procedures that can only be performed by professional and may even require anti-biotics
  • Remove stains and polish your teeth
  • Administer x-rays where and when necessary
  • Check for signs of oral cancer

Our practice offers preventive care that includes comprehensive cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants, oral examinations and periodontal treatments that help you maintain your smile’s health and beauty. Brushing your teeth twice-daily and regular flossing at least once a day are necessary for maintenance between office visits, but a healthy mouth and beautiful smile can only be achieved with routine general and preventive care by a dentist.

The added advantage of a multi-specialty practice is our in-house periodontal services.  So if you have an issue that exceeds the ability or training of our hygienists, you can still be examined and treated in our office.  If we can be of service please contact us for a complementary consult with one our team.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dentist Sandy Springs: Dental Implants Improve Your Lifestyle

Sandy Springs dental-implantsImplants preserve facial bone structure.  They are permanent, comfortable and most patients forget they have one.  They osseointegrate into your bone structure and allow you to look good and eat like you never lost a tooth.

When choosing a dental team to have this done, choose one that has the appropriate experience, knowledge and credentials to accomplish the task.  Please don’t choose based on price, because there are a lot of corners that can be cut without your ability to detect them.  Our office has the reputation in the industry and community you can trust.  We offer free consultation appointments and individualized care beyond comparison.  But don’t take our word for it, read over 470 reviews at:

http://www.rateadentist.com/reviews/Georgia/SandySprings/NovyScheinfeldDDSPC

If you choose to have this procedure completed, you won’t regret it.  It will improve your lifestyle and will want to smile and eat with your new teeth.  Scheinfelds and Orland  can correct your problem of missing teeth. For professionals you can count on, visit and contact us at www.rightsmilecenter.com.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

Brookhaven Dentist: Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Brookhaven dentist near meBruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding, is when you clench (tightly hold your top and bottom teeth together) or grind (slide your teeth back and forth over each other) your teeth, that may or may not cause harm.  When teeth clenching or grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth may become damaged and possible other possible 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.  Because it does occur during sleep most people are unaware of the problem until symptoms begin to arise.  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 posture or diet.[1]

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.[2]  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.

If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist.  An examination can rule out other disorders that may cause similar jaw pain or ear pain, including:

  • Dental disorders
  • Ear disorders such as ear infections
  • Problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

Your 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, dentist would appear to have the leg up on the other disciplines, given 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.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

and

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] ADA and the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002386/, Feb. 22, 2010.

[2]    Ibid.