Why You Should See A Private Practice Dentist…

If you are considering your options, you have many dentists to choose from in the Suwanee/Johns Creek area.

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But if you are looking for the best dental care, you should consider choosing a dentist in a private practice (like us for example 😉 duh?!) .

Here are some of the advantages of working with a dentist in a private practice.

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If you’re working with a dentist in a private practice, they are more free to spend time with you. They can listen to you and take the time to fully evaluate your situation. That’s because the dentist decides how many patients they can see in a day and still provide the care they want.

In a corporate practice or other large institution, production quotas may be set up by someone other than the dentist. The dentist is forced to see as many patients as the institution thinks they should, which is likely a conveyor belt of patients, limiting the amount of time a dentist can spend with any one person.

Better Trained Personnel

In a large institution, there is incentive to get mediocre, interchangeable personnel. Processes are designed so they don’t rely on the training or expertise of any one individual. If anything, they’re pitched to the minimum talent level of anyone at that position so that if one person is lost, another person can be plugged into that job quickly.

There’s little incentive to provide training beyond the minimum level. If anything, the incentive is the opposite: more highly trained personnel can command higher wages and are better able to get jobs elsewhere, so the goal is to keep people trained at the minimum level so they can be paid less and are less likely to move elsewhere.

In a private practice, a dentist isn’t going to be hiring a lot of office staff and assistants. They want to get the best quality in the ones they do hire. And they want to train those people up, too, so they can offer more and better assistance to both the dentist and the patients.

More Consistent Care

When you go to an institution for your dental care, you’re more likely to see the Dentist du Jour–whoever happens to be in that day. The Dentist du Jour is probably a fine dentist, but they might not know you from Adam. All they know about your situation is what they read in your chart. And they may do things a little differently than your last dentist, maybe a little better, maybe a little worse. They may give you contradictory advice. It’s unpredictable.

And there’s the risk of handoff-related errors. Every time your care gets passed from one dentist to another, there’s a risk that something is going to be neglected or lost. Test results might never be seen, or tests might not be ordered. One dentist may not pay attention to an issue that the other dentist was trying to keep an eye on.

And then there’s your experience with the other staff. In a private practice, people tend to stay at the practice longer, while larger institutions experience more turnover. And whenever someone leaves a practice, they take vital information with them about your oral health and you lose a personal attachment that helped you feel welcome and cared for.

But if you work with a private dental practice, you will be working with just one or maybe a few dentists. You are more likely to work with the same dentist every time. And even if you don’t, the dentists are more likely to work together closely and be more consistent in their ideas and practice.

Better Value

True, one of the things that draws people to corporate practices is a lower cost. But if you consider what you’re paying for, you’ll see that you get a better value at a private practice.

When you pay for care at a small private practice, what are you paying for? You’re paying for the dentist and their staff to make a good living to support their families. You pay for training for the dentist and the staff. You pay for quality materials that are used in your restorations. You pay for a comfortable and welcoming office environment. All of these are things that directly contribute to your experience and quality of care.

But what do you pay for when you go to an institution? You’re not only paying a modest salary for the dentist and the office staff, which may not be high enough to keep them satisfied and committed to their job, but you’re also paying millions upon millions of dollars for executive compensation, even at nonprofit institutions. And you’re paying for a large bureaucracy that supervises and manages the dentists and assistants.

True, there’s an economy of scale that allows the institution to offer lower prices, but these are akin to cutting corners on patient care: a conveyor-belt approach to patients, less training for dentists and staff, lower-quality materials in restorations, and a joyless, “institutional” setting for your care.

When all is said and done, working with a private dental practice can really improve your experience and your overall results. To learn how it can benefit you, please call  770-623-8750 for an appointment with our dedicated team. 

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Dr. Patel Shares Her Food Fav’s Around ATL!

For those who know Dr. Patel, you will know that she is the ultimate foodie! Not only does she love to try new dishes, but she is always whipping up delicious food in her kitchen! The love for cooking is just in her blood!

So, we thought we would share a few of her favorite spots and dishes she enjoys from various restaurants in the ATL!

Rumis Kitchen Avalon

Next time your at Avalon, enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at Rumis Kitchen! Dr. Patel always orders the Chicken Barg with Lentil Rice. 

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Chops Lobster Bar (Buckhead)

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Next time your down in Buckhead, stop by Chops Lobster Bar and get the Sea Bass. Trust me, it wont let you down.

Redlands (Medlock Bridge)

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If your in the Duluth/Johns Creek area, stop by Redlands (former J. Alexanders) and refresh yourself with the Chicken Salad. It won’t disappoint.

Pearl Lian 
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Located in the heart of Johns Creek and a hop, skip, and a jump away from our office, Pearl Lian serves up some of the best Chinese, Thai, and Japanese food in the area.
Dr. Patels order of choice is the Key Lime Curry and fresh Sushi!
Bhukara Indian Restaurant
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If you are looking for authentic Indian cuisine, Bhukara is the place to go. Try the Chicken Tikka- you will leave with a full stomach and a new favorite lunch spot!
Chick Fil A
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This doesnt need an explanation. Everyone loves Chick Fil A nuggets…..like literally everyone. 😉
Udipi Cafe (Duluth area on PIB)
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Another Authentic Indian cuisine spot that is sure to become a regular on your list. Udipi is known for their vegetarian entres. Order the Rava Masala Dosa- and thank us later 😉

VIP Patients Have Special Parking!

Did you know that we have special parking spaces solely designated for our new patients and those patient who have been inducted into our VIP Program? Yup, its trueeee!!!

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We know, at this point, you are wondering about how you can be a VIP Patient, right? Well, the good news is that ANYONE can be in our VIP Program. When you become a VIP, you get to take advantage of perks like this and so much more (even $$$ off of treatment and services in our office). We also send each VIP patient to a luxurious dinner! So yah, I guess you could say we like to take care of our patients 😉 Its true, we value ALL of them.

Oh, and its super easy to become a VIP. Just refer 3 friends or family members that become patients, and you join the program and start living the good life. Cool, huh?!

We Are Whitening For Charity!

We Are Whitening Smiles For Charity!

We are so excited for this campaign! If you or anyone you know are interested in whitening, then now is the time to do it! You can have a white smile AND help abused and neglected children at the same time! We know, NO BRAINER!

Call our office at 770-623-8750 to schedule your whitening appointment today!

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Our office strives to bring its patients state-of-the-art technology to provide you with the latest advancements in oral health. We introduced the OralID™ screening device into our office a few years back. The OralID examination allows us to visualize any oral mucosal abnormalities including cancer and dysplasia (pre-cancer) before they can be detected with the naked eye. The procedure is quick, painless, and no rinses or dyes are used.
Similar to other cancers, early detection of Oral Cancer is critical. Studies have shown that early detection of oral cancer with technologies like the OralID™ dramatically improves the survivability of the disease. If oral cancer is detected in its later stages, which typically occurs during a conventional oral cancer exam, the chances of survival are dramatically reduced.
Who is at Risk?
• Age – 17+ years
• Tobacco Use
• Alcohol Use
• HPV infection
If you have any questions about risk factors, please feel free to talk to our hygiene staff. We recommend all of our patients be screened with the OralID™ to reduce the mortality of late stage detection.
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You Can Have New Teeth In Just A Day!

Did You Know You Could Have A Brand New Smile In A Day?
The “Teeth In A Day” procedure utilizing dental implants is a revolutionary procedure in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. They allow you to walk away with a new set of high quality replacement teeth in just 1 day
Teeth in A Day is a procedure where Dr. Patel and her team are able to rebuild peoples mouths using dental implants and natural looking replacement teeth. Dental implants are the most effective way to replace broken or missing teethbecause they are placed into to your own bone and are the closest thing to what you were born with.
The Teeth in A Day procedure is unique because temporary, fully-functional teeth can be placed on the same day that you receive dental implants. These temporary teeth remain in place until your custom, permanent teeth are ready to be placed. This allows you to experience instant, beautiful results from your dental implant procedure with little to no pain because the teeth are supported by the implants and are not rubbing on your gums.
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You may be a good candidate for Teeth in A Day if you:
  • Have one or more damaged teeth.
  • Want to see an immediate cosmetic and functional dental improvement.
  • Have multiple missing teeth.
  •  Want results that can last a lifetime with proper care.
  •  Currently wearing a removable partial or complete denture.
  • Do not grind your teeth excessively.
  • Do not have medical conditions that may negatively affect bone healing.
  •  Want an alternative to dentures or bridgework.
Discover if the Teeth in A Day procedure is right for you by scheduling a consultation and examination with Dr. Patel. At Center For Advanced Dentistry, your comfort and satisfaction are our top priorities.
If you’d like to discuss the possibility of getting new teeth in a day, call us today at 770-623-8750 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel!

Meet Our Hygienists!

We are dedicated to providing the best standard of care possible! That is why our team is highly trained and always up to date on the latest and greatest advances for oral hygiene. 

Take a minute and get to know our skilled dental hygienists!

Meet Mariya….

Mariya

“I have been practicing dentistry for 9 years now.

I was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States when I was 7 yrs old. I was raised in Buffalo New York, where I attended Erie Community College and obtained my license in dental hygiene.

I absolutely loves putting smiles on patients faces and making them happy.

I am happily married with 3 beautiful children. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, scrapbooking, and photography.”

 

Meet Kellie…

Kellie Loscavio

“I’ve been practicing Dental Hygiene for nearly 19 years. I spent the first 15 years of my career doing General Dentistry and then practiced Pediatric Dentistry for 4 years.

I love working with adults but also find it very rewarding to put a smile on a little person’s face too!
I’m originally from south Georgia and did most of my under graduate studies at Georgia Southern University. In 1999 I moved to Atlanta to attend hygiene school at Clayton State University, but I’m a tried and true GEORGIA girl! “GO DAWGS!”
In my spare time I enjoy being in the kitchen with my 10 year old daughter and going camping at Lake Lanier. I find that one of the best things about my field is being able to build lasting relationships with my patients and their families.”