Stem cells found in gum tissue may fight inflammatory disease, which would be great news for IBD patients. 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. 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.
 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
A 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.
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. 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.
At Scheinfelds, Orland and Tourial 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.
Dental 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.
It’s not enough that new parents have to read every label on every baby product, now they have to pay more attention to the oral health of their toothless babies. A recent University of Illinois study confirms the presence of bacteria associated with early childhood caries in infant saliva. “By the time a child reaches kindergarten, 40 percent have dental cavities.” Cavities are the most prevalent infectious disease in U.S. children, according to the CDC. “In addition, populations who are of low socioeconomic status, who consume a diet high in sugar, and whose mothers have low education levels are 32 times more likely to have this disease.”
The study focused on infants before teeth erupted, compared to most studies focused on children already in preschool or kindergarten. Through 454 pyro-sequencing, researchers learned that the oral bacterial community in infants without teeth was much more diverse than expected and identified hundreds of species. The presence of members of the bacterial community that cause biofilm formation or are associated with ECC are already present in infant saliva justifies more research on the evolution of the infant oral bacterial community.
So it’s not that you don’t have enough to do raising your child, you have to be on the lookout for new issues where there is no recommended treatment. We typically recommend you stay on top of your child’s oral health and bring them in as early as teeth begin to erupt.