Dentist Dunwoody: Teeth Get the Glory

Dunwoody Dentist near meA beautiful smile is not just about healthy looking teeth.  Your gums are equally as important.  Yet one in every two American adults 30 and over has periodontal disease.[1]  2009 and 2010 estimates indicate 47% or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis.[2]  In adults 65 and older, disease rates increase to 70.1 percent.[3]

A beautiful smile consists of teeth and gums living in perfect harmony with each other.  But teeth often steal the credit when it comes to beautiful smiles.  Our periodontal practice has always been on the leading edge of patient care.   With our in-house periodontist, we can specialize in treating gum disease and periodontal plastic surgery.  We have always incorporated the newest technology and technique to patient care, but with our periodontal services, we can to help patients achieve the best dental health possible in the most comfortable, relaxing environment possible – here in our own office.

With that in mind there are many new procedures we can perform in our office, including gum reshaping, grafting, perio-supervised root planing and scaling, more comprehensive pocket depth monitoring and reducing the improper brushing techniques that may have gone unsupervised when we send a patient out to a referring specialist.

If we can be of service please contact us for your complimentary consultation.

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

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

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[1] According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

[2] A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States.

[3] This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research.

Chamblee Dentist: Oral Health in an Aging Population

Chamblee Dentist near meMore 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 (DALYs) globally, implying an average health loss of 224 years per 100,000 population.[2]

DALYs 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 implantologist Zoey Scheinfeld is designed to treat our aging population.  Call for an evaluation of your oral health care needs.

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com


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

[3] Ibid

Periodontics Sandy Springs: How much does Periodontal Treatment Cost

And will insurance cover it?

Sandy Springs periodontist near meThis is an up and coming issue as our aged` population continues to grow.  While periodontal treatment is not as costly as replacing teeth due to tooth loss, its cost can vary greatly depending upon your needs.  Quite frankly, there is no way of really telling just how advanced your gum disease is without a proper diagnosis.

It can be as simple as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) or periodontitis (disease of the bone supporting the teeth).  Because periodontal infection grows under your gums, you can have no symptoms at all.  More advanced cases range from red, swollen, tender gums to bad breath to loose or shifting teeth.

As it relates to insurance coverage, the best way to check scaling and root planing or periodontal maintenance is to have us send a pretreatment in for the work that needs to be completed.  Fees for traditional root planing can range from $280 to $385 per quadrant (there are usually 4 quadrants)[1].  Add to this the fees for an antibiotic placed under the gums during treatment.

This antibiotic known as Arestin[2] is charged out at $55-$110 per area.  And if a patient has multiple deep pockets in one quadrant the fees can add up quickly.   Depending on the effectiveness of this approach it may be repeated every few months, annually, or every three years.[3]

If you have dental insurance, they may provide full or partial coverage. Our office is happy to contact your insurance company to learn what they will cover.  We do accept assignment of most insurance benefits. In such cases, your responsibility will be to cover only the remainder. We generally ask that you pay for X-rays, and regular cleanings while we have your statement submitted to your insurance company.

Everyone deserves to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime. We feel that finances never should be an obstacle to treatment. So for your convenience, we offer several payment options and payment plans to suit your individual needs. Our staff will be happy to answer any of your financial or insurance questions.  Don’t let the cost deter your need for treatment. Please give us a call for your complimentary consultation.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Right Smile Center

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30041

770-455-6076

www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

[1] However, the cost may be less if less teeth are involved.

[2] ARESTIN is a prescription antibiotic approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is used together with scaling and root planing (SRP) and is placed by your provider for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.

[3] http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/rdh/2001/12/journal-of-periodontology-publishes-study-on-effectiveness-of-arestin-on-periodontal-disease.html

Dentist Alpharetta: How Much Do Teeth Cleanings Cost?

mature women smiling3So you get 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?

On the other hand, 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 where you go and 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 $65 to $89.[1] Often dental insurance will cover some or all of this cost for a specific number of cleanings per year.  The doctor’s 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.

The more extensive deep cleaning process called scaling and root planing is done by quadrants (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left) at a cost of about $100 -$400 per quadrant depending on the severity of the problem or $400 -$1,600 for the entire mouth. This is where you run into problems with couponing dentists.  But more often than not, if the mouth is in such poor health the dentist will refer the patient to a periodontist.   Most dental insurance includes these procedures.

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 by brushing and flossing daily if you want to keep them.   If you have additional questions, feel free to email or call our office.  As a part of our services, we offer additional consultation and oversight by our in-house periodontist.  Our goal here is to create an informed healthy patient.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328

404-256-3620

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

info@rightsmilecenter.com

 

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[1] However, depending on how long it’s been since you have been to the dentist and what extent your oral healthcare has been neglected, it can be more if there’s a need to do a full mouth root scaling.