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Dentist Alpharetta: Crohn’s Disease

CrohnsStem cells found in gum tissue may fight inflammatory disease, which would be great news for IBD patients.[1]  Apparently, they have a much less inflammatory reaction and heal much faster when compared to skin stem cells.  When stem cells from the gum tissue were transplanted into mice with dextrate sulfate sodium-induced colitis — an inflamed condition of the colon — the inflammation was significantly reduced.[2]  These stem cells have the ability to develop into different types of cells as well as affect the immune system, which poses wonderful hope for patients with Crohn’s disease.

In the meantime, research on the relationship between IBD and stem cells is still ongoing.  If we can be of assistance, give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

 


[1] University of Southern California (2013, August 5). Stem cells found in gum tissue can fight inflammatory disease. ScienceDaily. Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC study in the Journal of Dental Research.

[2] Ibid.


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Dentist Alpharetta: We need more BIGGEST LOSERS!!

Overweight woman buttoning up her jeans. Image shot 2010. Exact date unknown.Think twice before taking that next bite.  Because we know that being overweight can affect many aspects of a person’s health.  Now researchers suspect a link exists between obesity and gum disease.  Whether one condition is a risk factor for another or whether one disease directly causes another has yet to be discovered.[1]

What we do know is half of the U.S. population age 30 and older is affected by gum disease — a chronic inflammatory infection that impacts the surrounding and supporting structures of the teeth.[2] Gum disease itself produces its own set of cytokines, which further increases the level of these inflammatory proteins in the body’s bloodstream, helping to set off a chain reaction of other inflammatory diseases throughout the body.[3]  So it is important to visit a dentist at least twice a year so he or she can evaluate your risks for developing gum disease and offer preventive strategies.

Impacting approximately one-third of the U.S. population, obesity has become a significant health concern for Americans.  As a part of your strategy to stay healthy, a dentist can design a personalized program of home oral care to meet your specific needs.  In the meantime, research on the relationship between obesity and gum disease is still ongoing.

If we can be of assistance, give us a call.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] January/February 2013 issue of General Dentistry, the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), it also may be a risk factor for gum disease.

[3] Ibid.


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Dentist Alpharetta: Dental X-rays, necessary or not?

under-the-hoodA lot of patients are worried that dental x-rays can cause cancer, but if you’re outside for an hour or fly on a plane, you’re exposed to more radiation than you’d get from a full set of dental x-rays.  Incidental exposure is further reduced by the use of a lead apron, sometimes with a lead thyroid collar.  What I worry about is that if we don’t take an x-ray, we might miss something serious. Dentists use x-rays to find hidden dental structures, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and/or cavities.

It is the required standard of care.  It is possible for both tooth decay and periodontal disease to be missed during a visual clinical exam, and an x-ray evaluation of your dental and periodontal tissues is a critical part of your comprehensive oral examination.  A competent dentist cannot ethically prescribe treatment without taking an x-ray of your mouth.

Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle).  The newer dental X-ray technique be used in our Sandy Springs office is called digital imaging, where the images are sent directly to a computer and can be viewed on screen, stored, or printed out.  There are several benefits of using this new technology including:

  • less radiation than the typical X-ray
  • there is no wait time for the X-rays to develop — the images are available on screen a few seconds after being taken.
  • the image taken can be enhanced and enlarged many times its actual size on the computer screen, making it easier to show you the problem.
  • images can be electronically sent to another dentist or specialist.
  • certain software can help dentists digitally compare current images to previous ones.  Using this technique, everything that is the same between two images is “subtracted out” from the image leaving a clear image of only the portion that is different.  This helps easily see the tiniest changes that may not have been noticed by the naked eye.

According to guidelines written by the ADA and the FDA, your dentist should evaluate each patient individually.   Some patients with a lot of problems or who are at high risk for cavities may need frequent X-rays. While patients who are not having problems, the need is less frequent.   The question we apply is ‘what’s necessary’?  Because an X-ray allows your dentist to look under the hood – see bones, tissue, and hidden surfaces of your teeth that he or she can’t see with the naked eye.

If we can be of assistance, do not hesitate to contact us for a complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Alpharetta Dentist: Oral Health in an Aging Population

Aging Patients

Our elderly patients require special expertise to be treated.

More and more, oral health care is playing a greater role in maintaining our aging population.  It has become vital to older patients as it relates to their overall global health.  Oral conditions affected 3.9 billion people, and untreated caries in permanent teeth was the most prevalent condition evaluated for the entire Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study (global prevalence of 35% for all ages combined).[1] Oral conditions combined accounted for 15 million disability-adjusted life-years (DisabilityALYs) globally, implying an average health loss of 224 years per 100,000 population.[2]

DisabilityALYs due to oral conditions increased 20.8% between 1990 and 2010, mainly due to population growth and aging.[3]  By 2015, the US population is expected to increase to 312 million (3.08 million in 2010) and 14.7% of the population will be aged 65 years or older.  While effective preventive measures exist for younger populations (water fluoridation, dental sealants and parents), no preventive measures have been devised to address the expected increase in oral health needs of the aging population.

IADR President Helen Whelton from the University of Cork, Ireland, elaborated, “The fact that a preventable oral disease is the most prevalent of all 291 diseases and injuries examined in the GBD 2010 is quite sobering and should cause all of us to redouble our efforts to raise awareness of the importance of oral health to policymakers.” The dental profession has an opportunity to take a leadership role in the delivery of health care services to the seniors who have contributed so vitally to our society’s well-being and who deserve to be treated with the best oral health care we have to offer.  This can only be accomplished with a better educated population.  Dr. Scheinfeld is a prosthodontist specializing in geriatric care.  The Right Smile Team, including in-house periodontics is designed to treat our aging population.

Call for an evaluation of your oral health care needs.

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] Wagner Marcenes, Queen Mary University, London,  IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research

[3] Ibid


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Dentist Alpharetta: INVEST IN YOUR SMILE, YOU WEAR IT EVERYDAY…

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A fabulous smile makes a great first impression.

There is no better way to boost your self-confidence that adds a spark to your personality than a charming smile.  At The Right Smile Center, we can give you that.

If you have any sort of smile defect such as gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, gummy smile, protruding teeth, stained teeth, chipped teeth, artificial looking crowns or any problem which makes you self-conscious while talking or smiling, The Right Smile Center has an expert panel of aesthetic dentists to help you.  All aesthetic defects are treated and corrected using various solutions such as veneers, bonding, tooth and gum contouring, etc., to shape and enhance your smile.

Your smile makes the first impression on everyone you meet.  A radiant smile will do much more than just cosmetic make ups or a new hair style to enhance your personality.  It will boost your personality and literally change your life!  If you would like to experience the magic of a dazzling, yet natural smile, book your appointment today and stand out from the rest.

A state-of the-art dental practice in the heart of Sandy Springs founded in 1992.

The Right Smile Center offers hi-tech, quality cosmetic and family dentistry in a friendly and comfortable environment.  We pride ourselves on our clinical excellence offered with unparalleled customer service.

Our cosmetic dentist Dr. Novy Scheinfeld is one of American’s Top Cosmetic Dentists in the country[1]. Dr. Scheinfeld is an Emory University trained prosthodontist, one of only 3200 out 170,000 dentists in the country.  Dr. Scheinfeld has treated CNN broadcasters, professional sports players, music artists like Stevie Nicks and dentists in the surrounding area.

Among our services, we offer in-house Endodontics and implant placement from Dr. Orland.  Celebrity or not, if you want to solve a problem or create a new more natural smile, we are confident that we can help.

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] Dr. Scheinfeld received the Top Prosthodontist Award for 2013.  Less than 2% of all practicing dentists are trained prosthodontists.

 


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Dentist Alpharetta: Marketing of Products or Procedures

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There are an abundance of dental products out there.

At Scheinfeld, Tourial and Lubell, we take a consultative approach to ensuring each patient’s program aligns with their operating culture and unique risk exposures. This means we don’t push products.  Nor do we try and sell you anything.  Instead, we work closely with you and your needs to develop and deliver the right solution, even if that means doing no dentistry at all.

The dentists who engage in the marketing or sale of products or procedures to their patients must take care not to exploit the inherent trust in the dentist-patient relationship for their own financial gain.  We take this very seriously.  Dentists should not induce their patients to purchase products or undergo procedures by misrepresenting the product’s value, the necessity of the procedure or the dentist’s professional expertise in recommending the product or procedure.

Particularly in the case of health related products, it is not enough for the dentist to rely on the manufacturer’s or distributor’s representations about the product’s safety and efficacy.  Rather, the dentist has an independent obligation to inquire into the truth and accuracy of such claims and verify that they are founded on accepted scientific knowledge or research.  For instance, we have discussed in earlier writings that there is no scientific evidence of cause and effect as it relates to mercury fillings and your health.  So it would be improper and unethical to recommend the removal of amalgams based on a dentist’s professional expertise.

Dentists should disclose to their patients all relevant information the patient needs to make an informed purchase decision.  From the beginning, Scheinfelds, Orland and Tourial built its foundation on basic operating principles – integrity, honesty and quality health care. These are not just words to us, rather truths that can be validated by the patient relationships we have held for over 25 years. To us, it’s simple. We base decisions on what we believe to be in the best interests of our patients and our employees. We understand that each puts a great deal of trust in us, and we do not take that trust lightly.  Our culture is unlike any in the industry.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta, GA 30328

404-256-3620

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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Dentist Alpharetta: How Much does a Dental Crown Cost?

CrownDental crowns cost anywhere between $900.00 and $1600.00 each depending on the tooth to being restored. In addition, the cost varies 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 of gold, porcelain, resin or porcelain-fused-metal.  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 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.

With proper care a crown may last 10 or more years.  Depending upon the general wear and tear, 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.

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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Information included is not dental or medical advice.  For your specific information

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