Why Choose Us?
At Atlanta Dental Spa, we’ve seen thousands of patients through the years and know what factors are important when choosing the right dentist for you. From the quality of the equipment to the doctor’s credentials - down to the smallest details of the office environment, it all plays a role in finding a dental practice you can trust. Here are 16 things you should look for in an Atlanta dentist.
1 Complete Heath Dentistry
They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. If that’s true, then the mouth is the front door. Our mouths are a gateway for illness, affecting the wellness of our entire body. Dental bacteria has been shown to play a contributing role in many serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke and even Alzheimer’s.
What’s even scarier? The Surgeon General reports that 80% of American adults have gum disease. That’s four out of every five people! It’s because of this direct link between the wellness of the mouth and the wellness of the body that high-quality dental care is so crucial. At Atlanta Dental Spa we take a comprehensive approach to dentistry, building a healthy body from the foundation of a healthy mouth – a true focus on total health. Healthy gums lower our risk for developing diabetes, pancreatic cancer and kidney cancer, while gum therapy improves blood vessel health and helps prevent heart attack and stroke. This is because the same plaque that builds up on our teeth can build up in our arteries and heart, creating blockages.
Proper dental care calls for a visit to the dentist twice a year. This is likely more often than you see any other physician, especially if you’re generally in good health. Complete health dentistry means your dentist can spot warning signs and even diagnose dangerous health conditions while you’re in the chair, sometimes when you’re completely unaware there’s a problem.
2 Relationship Based Dental Practice
When was the last time your doctor gave you his cell phone number? We’re willing to bet it wasn’t recently. Do you have the personal email address of your dental hygienist? Not likely.
When choosing a dentist, you want someone you can reach in an emergency. A team that’s available and accommodating when you have follow-up questions, even when it’s after 5 or on a weekend. The staff at Atlanta Dental Spa offers unmatched accessibility–and not just when we’re on the clock. It’s what sets us apart.
Our practice was built upon forming solid, lasting relationships with our patients. There’s a reason our longstanding clients have been coming back to Atlanta Dental Spa for years. It’s because we’re accessible and we truly care about our patients.
3 Not Corporately owned.
Chew on this: more and more dental practices are being bought up by corporate entities and venture capitalists. Why? You guessed it–to make a profit. When you’re focused on the bottom line, it’s impossible to provide the superior level of care we strive for every day at Atlanta Dental Spa. Instead, it becomes all about the numbers. The problem for consumers is that you can’t always readily tell if a practice is corporately owned. Sometimes, the business is bought out but retains the same name it had under private ownership. Ask questions and do a little background research to find out the ownership details of any practice you’re considering using.
Atlanta Dental Spa is not and never will be corporately owned. After all, is rock-bottom pricing really a quality you want in your dental work? Do you like seeing the same faces when you visit? Yep, we do too in our own lives. Seeing a familiar face - even at the dental office - is comforting. Not only do patients like coming here, but our team LOVES working here. And when you're passionate and love your job , well, great things happen daily!
4 Warranty and Customer Satisfaction Guarantee
It may be uncommon to offer a warranty in the dental industry, but at Atlanta Dental Spa we put our money where our, um, mouth is. We stand by our work, offering a five-year warranty on most services. We’d venture to guess that you won’t find many practices who can offer the same. Patient satisfaction is one of our main goals as it pertains to your care. We understand that everyone makes mistakes. We admit that sometimes, that includes us. But rest assured that if something goes wrong, we’re going to do everything in our power to make it right.
5 2 Convenient Locations
Take stock of where you live, work and spend the majority of your time. Maybe you live outside the perimeter, but work inside the perimeter. Atlanta is a massive city; do you mind commuting to your dentist’s office? Look for a practice that’s close to where you spend the most time or along one of the major thoroughfares you travel regularly. When you’re rushing from a business meeting to make it to that dentist appointment you almost forgot about, you’ll be glad to have chosen an office that’s right around the corner. Also, another cool aspect is that we offer front door, street-level parking. No Parking garages. No stairs to climb. No parking in a shopping center that's super far from the front door! Everyone appreciates convenience and efficiency....even when it comes to parking. Atlanta Dental Spa offers two convenient locations: one in heart of Buckhead , one in Roswell just off exit 7 on 400. Our patients are more than welcome to visit one office or both as their schedule requires, so there’s no battling traffic to get your teeth cleaned. Convenience - now that’s something to smile about.
6 Top Reviewed. Top Rated...but we're not bragging 🙂
What’s the first thing you do when you’re thinking of using a business? You Google them. Your dentist should be no different. Online reviews are honest and straightforward–a great way to get an unfiltered look at what other patients really think of a company. You’ll find Atlanta Dental Spa has more than 178+ independent Google reviews for our two locations, with additional reviews on Yelp, Doctor Oogle and Kudzu, just to name a few. We’ll let our satisfied patients do the talking.
7 Awards and Training
If you want an award-winning smile, you need an award-winning dentist. As you’re considering a physician, check out his or her accolades, industry honors and special certifications. If they’re not displayed prominently on the website or in the office, ask about them! Some of the significant industry organizations to look for include the American Dental Association, the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, among others.
These organizations each have a rigorous process for evaluating dental professionals. They select members that have demonstrated a commitment to continuously advancing their education, attention to detail, and clinical excellence in the field of dentistry. Our doctors have won countless “Best of Show” awards in cosmetic dentistry competitions, and our team includes two doctors with the prestigious distinction of fellow. We’re constantly participating in continued education programs to learn to use the newest technologies and stay abreast of industry best practices. Simply put, we’re committed to being the best in the business. For more information on any of our top Atlanta dentists, click here to meet the team.
8 Team of Masters. Master Dentists, Master Ceramists
It may seem counterintuitive, but an office that offers too many services can be a red flag. Ever heard the phrase “Jack of all trades, master of none?” A dentist who does root canals all day probably isn’t the best candidate to be crafting your porcelain veneers, but it happens all the time. Legally, a licensed dentist can perform any dentistry procedure–from extractions to gum surgery to orthodontics–and a few minutes later do a cosmetic procedure like porcelain crowns or veneers. It’s similar to asking an expert bricklayer who built your home to also choose your window coverings and the perfect fabric for your living room sofa. It sounds crazy. While the two disciplines are related, they’re completely different areas of expertise. This is why it’s important to seek out a team of masters. Our doctors don’t dabble. We have four dentists on staff, each with his or her specific area of proficiency. In cosmetic dentistry, being a master ceramist is equally important as being a master dentist. A master ceramist is trained in the science of smile design (yes, that’s a thing), making sure each tooth is expertly crafted for the mouth and face it will belong to. Once your ideal smile design is laid out, our team uses the finest, ultra-thin ceramics to create beautiful pearly whites–none of those dreaded “Chiclet teeth”!
9 In-house Procedures.
Speaking of expertise, it’s a good idea to find out which procedures a dentist manages in-house and which they refer elsewhere. For example, you might show up for your bi-annual cleaning, only to find out you also need a root canal or an extraction. Instead of it being handled by the dentist you know and trust, you’ll need to make a separate appointment somewhere else.
This means taking more time off work and dealing with the hassle of finding an unfamiliar office, which is far from convenient. Here’s another tricky situation: dentists know that most patients don’t like being referred out to other doctors. As a result, some will try to perform procedures that are outside of their comfort zone to keep the patient happy. As we discussed earlier, this isn’t a good thing. You don’t want someone who typically handles routine cleanings to be in charge of, say, selecting the perfect implant tooth color to match with your existing smile. When choosing a dentist, you want to be sure the person working on your mouth has extensive experience with the procedure at hand. It should be something they specialize in doing regularly, in-house. Atlanta Dental Spa has four fdoctors with diverse skills under one roof, meaning we’re highly-qualified to handle nearly all of your dental needs with all the services in one location.
10 Awesome Technology.
When it comes to your smile, you shouldn’t take shortcuts. Don’t settle for a practice that uses outdated equipment and decade-old technology. After all, if there’s a serious problem, you don’t want it to slide by undetected for another six months. We believe in investing our money back into the practice to offer our patients the most advanced dental technology on the market.
3D X-ray - CT Scan
We use cutting-edge 3D x-ray imaging, also known as Cone Beam CT Scan, to place implants, conduct extractions and diagnose infections with more precision than ever before. Typical dental x-rays focus only on your teeth, and we have to take a separate exposure for each angle we need to see. Standard x-rays only produce a “flat” image. 3D x-rays allow us to get a multi-dimensional look at your mouth from any angle we need with a single scan. This is instrumental in helping our doctors better diagnose problems and recognize warning signs for dangerous dental and health conditions.
Laser Cavity Detection:
The DIAGNOdent, an innovative tool that looks a lot like a pen, allows us to detect the tiniest of cavities using a laser. Sometimes, a cavity is “hidden”, meaning it’s not visible to the naked eye until it has already progressed beyond repair. The DIAGNOdent allows us to detect these cavities and other imperfections at a very early stage, leading to more effective & non-invasive treatment.
Periodontal Treatment - that works!
Another tool, called Perio Protect, allows us to limit the amount of infection that travels to the bloodstream in cases of periodontal disease. Your mouth is filled with tiny pockets between the teeth and gums where bacteria love to hide out. Perio Protect allows us to provide customized cleansing treatments that fight these bacteria, even after you’ve left the dental chair.
Oral DNA- Laser targeted bacteria elimination
The Oral DNA testing we perform in-house gives us the information regarding the exact types of bacteria present in your mouth. This matters when it comes to serious problems such as problematic halitosis (or bad breath), gum disease, or chronic infections which may have root causes in a specific type of bacteria. Once identified, we can use targeted antibiotic therapy to destroy the bacteria.
Velscope- Oral Cancer Screening
Finally, our equipment helps us detect and counteract oral cancer, which affects some 30,000 Americans each year. Despite the high number of people diagnosed, there’s no routine screening test for cancer of the mouth. That’s where our highly effective oral cancer screening lights come in. These bright fluorescent lights play a major role in helping us identify lesions and other abnormalities in the mouth, which may be early signs of oral cancer. With so many diseases linked to our mouths, it’s easy to see why advanced equipment should be a determining factor when choosing a new dentist.
11 THE Atlanta Dental Spa. Often Imitated, Never Duplicated
Wouldn’t it be nice to say ahh while you “say ahhh”? A trip to the dentist can be stressful, even scary. Your dentist’s office should be a calming place that makes you feel relaxed. Atlanta Dental Spa’s dual locations were built from the ground up with patient comfort in mind. There’s no sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in rigid classroom chairs like you do in some other offices. From the moment you walk in our door, we want you to feel like you’re in the home of a good friend. Comfy couches, an internet café, and a refreshment bar with healthy snacks await. Polished hardwood floors are offset by soft colors and lines that create a soothing environment. We’ve been told our fixtures look more like those you’d find in a luxe hotel than in a physician’s office. That’s our goal–to take a step away from the standard cold, clinical setting in favor of a warm, welcoming spa environment. It’s an experience for all five senses; we even work to make sure it doesn’t smell like a dentist’s office. If you’re still feeling tense, one of our friendly staff members is always nearby to answer questions and put your mind at ease.
12 Tick-Tock. Little to No Wait Time.
Your time is important, plain and simple. But unfortunately, when it comes to the medical industry, adhering to a schedule seems to go out the window. We as a culture have grown so accustomed to waiting an hour or more in the doctor’s office that we take it for the norm. It shouldn’t be that way. When you have an appointment with your dentist, the team should be ready and waiting for your visit, not the other way around. The waiting room of Atlanta Dental Spa is usually empty—and for good reason. The majority of the time, we see a patient within minutes of arrival. If not, we consider ourselves late and do everything we can do to get back on schedule. As they say, time is money. We won’t waste yours.
You’ve heard of comfort food. Unfortunately, we can’t offer you that while we clean your teeth. But a good dentist can offer you a different kind of comfort, in the form of television. We realize not everyone loves going to the dentist. That’s why we offer in-ceiling TVs streaming more than 200+ HD channels, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, so you can zone out to one of your favorite shows (Orange is the New Black, anyone?). Our Bose noise-canceling headphones block outside sound, helping take you to a happy place while we make your mouth look great.
14 Open and Visible Sterilization Area
In 2013, the dental field was rocked when news broke that a Tulsa, Oklahoma practice had spread hepatitis C and HIV through improper sterilization. Some 7,000 patients were put at risk for these life-threatening diseases over the course of six years. That’s enough to make anyone leery of going to the dentist. When choosing a dentist, you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing the equipment used will be clean and safe. When sterilization happens behind closed doors, it’s easy to let your mind run wild imagining how the equipment is–or is not–cleaned. Practices with open sterilization are proud of their high standards for cleanliness. At Atlanta Dental Spa, our sterilization station is a focal point of our office. We show it off on our office tours and are happy to demonstrate our stringent sterilization practices. In fact, it’s a point of pride among our staff.
15 Authentic Before and After Images
Ever wonder why you see the SAME pictures on a lot of dental websites? Here’s a secret that may leave a bad taste in your mouth: oftentimes, the “before and after” photos on a practice’s website are actually stock images purchased from a photo service. Deceptive, right? And the average customer has no way of knowing otherwise. When inquiring about a dental procedure, make it a point to ask if the photos shown are the actual work of the dentist you’ll be seeing. It’s a great idea to ask for snapshots that are specific to the procedure you’ll be having done. For the record, each and every clinical photo seen on our website is one of our actual patients showing off the million-dollar smile achieved right here at Atlanta Dental Spa. If you don’t see photos of a procedure you’re looking for, ask. We’ll be glad to show you legitimate examples of our expert work.
16 The Golden Rule.
The bottom line is this: you want to choose a dentistry team that truly cares. A team that’s accessible and responds to your needs. One that checks in on you after a procedure to make sure everything is going as planned, even after our office doors have closed for the evening. The dedicated staff at Atlanta Dental Spa lives the golden rule every day. We treat patients exactly as we’d treat our own family members—how we’d hope to be treated if the roles were reversed and we were the ones sitting in the dentist’s chair. It sums up everything about our practice. We do it because we care.