Migraines and TMD

TMJ BOTOX Botox is not just for wrinkles anymore.  It is much, much more.  It’s being used for both FDA approved and off label applications to help patients with disorders such as migraines and TMJ disorder.  So of its results are astonishing, creating some 90 patient application pending treatments for FDA approval.

Presently, it is the most commonly performed procedure in the world and you can have it done in our Chamblee or Sandy Springs office by one of our certified dentists.  No one should have to go through the pain of TMJ or migraines when you can inexpensively receive relief in our office.  And no one is more experienced at providing injections than a dentist.  Properly administered, it’s a simple, non-surgical treatment to reduce pain.  When performed properly, that is without dilution, it’s not as expensive as you might think.  Call today for your complimentary evaluation.

Hanna Orland, DMD

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

The Mercury Filling Controversy

Amalgam fillingWhenever I hear a patient in our Sandy Springs office ask about mercury fillings, I wonder why this question refuses to go away.  For decades, mercury fillings have been considered the primary restorative material for the ones in the back because of their long time success.  After enormous amounts of study, the World Health Organization, the FDI World Dental Federation, and the American Dental Association continue to endorse the use of amalgam to restore teeth.   Yet it continues to be demonized by the public, in particular in urban legends over the internet.

As a result the trend is towards the diminished use of mercury fillings and the increased use of composite resins to restore posterior teeth.  One of our consultants, Tom Limoli of Limoli and Associates notes that US third-party payment data reflects that 65% of direct posterior restorations last year were resin-based composite, while 35% were amalgam.  So regardless of the empirical evidence that refutes these concerns, the patient pool is demanding composite restorations.

While amalgam has been the material of choice for decades and still remains the primary source of teaching in dental schools today, it appears to be trending away the future.  Given the patient demand for composite restorations, we do a lot more composite fillings than in the past. It creates an interesting dilemma for dentists today, when we know that amalgam is the better choice for the restoration, but the popular demand or the path of least resistance is a composite restoration.  This disconnect creates some interesting food for thought.[1]  Please give us a call if we can help you.

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

Related articles

[1] Additional sources of information came from Gordon J. Christensen, DDS, James F. Simon, DDS, and Howard E. Strassler, DMD. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry, July/August, 2011.

Dental Implants Success Rates

dental-implants2Dental implants are successful and the best way to replace a lost tooth.  The studies show a five-year success rate of 95 percent for lower jaw implants and 90 percent for upper jaw implants.[1]  The lower back jaw has the highest success rate because of greater bone density.  Given the complexity of the procedure, there are many variables that can play into its success rate.

The factors that impact success are pre-existing health conditions[2] and the location of the missing tooth.

Pre-existing Conditions:

  • Smokers[3]
  • Diabetes
  • Hemophilia
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Rare instances of chronic bruxism

As I have noted in other articles the value of implants is significant with respect to bone retention and actual functionality, and they are not susceptible to the formation of cavities.  So as long as one engages in good oral hygiene, i.e. brushing, flossing, and regular hygiene procedures, the chances of inflammation or swelling of the tissues surrounding the implant should be avoidable.

Key factors in minimizing dental implant complications are the selection of an experienced prosthodontist and periodontist (or oral surgeon) who specialize in implant dentistry, careful pre-operative treatment planning and proper after-care and oral hygiene.   One of the benefits of our Sandy Springs multi-specialist practice is everything is under one roof including periodontal after-care.  If you would like to know whether you are a candidate for implants please feel free to call for a free consultation.

 

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[1] The success rate for upper jaw implants is lower because the upper jaw is less dense than the lower jaw, making the success of implantation and osseo-integration slightly more difficult to achieve.

[2] Dental or Global health issues.

[3] Given how expensive implants can be, one risks wasting money on dental implants if you can’t give up the habit.

Dentist Sandy Springs: The Right Smile Team

A multi-specialty practice.

group-with-chair-ft-hanna-2Our expertise is all under one roof.  With a team of five dentists, we can perform in-house dental implants, TMJ treatment, veneers, root canals, cosmetic ortho and surgical extractions.

Our Sandy Springs dental office is open four days a week, and on occasion we schedule patients who need additional treatment time on Fridays[1].  We see emergency cases immediately and provide our patients 24/7 access to your dentist via mobile numbers. In addition, your entire family is welcome in our office.  We offer comprehensive family care coupled with modern technology, bringing what we consider to be the best of contemporary dentistry to Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, East Cobb and neighboring counties.

Your smile is the first thing people notice and our goal is to help you smile.  But more important, we want to make sure it’s the right smile – one that’s natural and comfortable for you.  If you have questions, please ask. We are here to serve you and we have a history of making oral healthcare easy and convenient for your lifestyle.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

Related articles

[1] We reserve Friday for very complex cases or patients who require addition care beyond the resources available Monday through Thursday.