A smile is such a simple gesture, yet it holds so much power. It is innately human - a universal way to convey happiness, greet one another and signal that we're nice people. Smiles communicate how we're feeling and are great for breaking the ice or awkward moments. A good-natured smile moves mountains, but if you're like the average person, it may not be perfect. And that's okay. But is it healthy?
Studies from the CDC show that 1 in 4 U.S. adults from 20 to 64 have cavities. Perhaps even more surprising is that approximately 34 million school hours are lost every year due to emergency dental care. For children, missing time could mean the difference between moving forward and being held back.
If you're one of the many people who feel ashamed about their teeth, need preventative oral care, or suffer serious issues like tooth decay, it's time to protect your teeth and gums. Luckily, Merchants Walk Dental is here to serve you with the highest quality dental work in East Cobb, from preventative care to cosmetic dentistry.
At Merchants Walk Dental, your healthy teeth and gums are our passion. Our dentists and hygienists are committed to providing you with the best dental care possible in a comfortable, stress-free setting. Since opening in 2017, we have become the premier dentist in Marietta, GA, offering many dental services such as:
As experts, we know how important oral hygiene is for your health. We feel that it's important to go the extra mile to speak with our patients about the best practices involved with brushing, flossing, and healthy gums. We know what an impact a beautiful smile can make, which is why we are so dedicated to providing our patients with cleaner, straighter teeth than ever before.
Having served Georgia and East Cobb for years, we understand that no two patients will ever have the same needs. That's why we provide personalized services like cleanings and root canals tailored to each patient's unique needs. We also know that money doesn't grow on trees, so we accept most major dental insurance plans to ensure you can keep your teeth clean and healthy all year long.
If you're searching for an expert team of friendly dentists and hygienists, look no further than Merchants Walk Dental. We pride ourselves on the best dental care coupled with warm, engaging customer service. You can rest easy knowing you're in capable, welcoming hands whether it's your first or fortieth visit to our office.
Here at Merchants Walk Dental, we understand that getting your teeth cleaned isn't something everyone looks forward to. However, getting regular teeth cleanings performed by a trustworthy dentist is the best way to maintain a healthy smile and avoid serious oral hygiene issues. And while it's easy to avoid the dentist, doing so for too long can be bad for your overall health.
Studies have linked poor oral hygiene to serious problems like cancer, cardiovascular disease, bone loss, and strokes. If you're flossing and brushing at home twice a day, that's great. Doing so is the best way to get a leg up on critical oral hygiene problems. However, getting your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist helps ensure your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, healthy, and protected.
It's a question we get all the time - what is periodontal treatment? This treatment focuses on your gums and preventing the common diseases that attack them. When left unchecked, plaque accumulates and hardens, forming hard-to-remove tartar. This tartar irritates your gums and will eventually lead to a litany of problems like tooth decay, tooth loss, and more.
During your teeth cleaning session at Merchants Walk Dental, we'll examine your gums closely to ensure they're healthy and functional.
Each of our teeth cleaning appointments has comprehensive check-ups, including:
The only surefire way to prevent tartar buildup and, by proxy, gum disease is by brushing and flossing diligently at home. If you have been slacking on regular brushing and have not visited a dentist recently, your gums could be suffering. If you have any of the following signs of gum disease, contact Merchants Walk Dental to schedule a dental exam in Marietta, GA:
If you have had a cavity filled before, you're not alone. Tooth decay affects more than 90% of adults over the age of 40 - a stunning statistic that, in many cases, is entirely preventable. At Merchants Walk Dental, we use composite resin fillings to keep our patient's teeth healthy and functional. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are more discreet, match the color of your teeth, and are free of mercury.
While fillings can have a few uses, our doctors typically use fillings to âfillâ a part of your tooth that is decaying. This hole of decay is called a cavity. Sometimes, fillings are also used to fix broken, cracked, or worn-down teeth from grinding and nail-biting. Fillings are a great way to restore decaying teeth to their normal shape and function while preventing sensitivity and inhibiting further decay.
During your dental exam at our office in East Cobb, your dental hygienist will check for signs of cavities and tooth decay to ensure your oral hygiene remains in peak condition.
Abscesses- Without professional dental treatment, infected teeth lead to dental abscesses, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Nerve Pain- When your tooth is cracked and left without treatment, it can make its way to your nerve, resulting in extreme pain and damage.
Substantial Decay- If you leave an infection to fester without having a root canal, the infection can spread to other teeth in your mouth. If you don't address the initial signs of decay, you'll have to undergo treatment for multiple teeth.
Tooth Loss- Extensive decay and trauma often cause damage to your tooth's pulp. Our root canal treatments in Marietta remove this infected pulp. However, if you choose to ignore the problem, the infected pulp will rot your entire tooth, causing you to lose it forever.
One mention of the word root canal can send shivers up the spine for many people. Root canals get a bad rap, but the treatment has come a long way over the last decade.
When tooth decay and infection are left to fester, it can wreak havoc on your oral hygiene. Often, root canals in cityname, GA, are the best choice for patients with extensively diseased teeth. The goal of a root canal is to save and repair teeth by removing the infection from the pulp and nerve of the tooth.
Signs of tooth decay that may require a root canal include:
When a substantial cavity threatens a person's tooth and fillings aren't working, many dentists will use crowns to fix the problem. A crown is an aesthetic cap or a tooth-shaped covering placed over another tooth or implant for stability. Typically, crowns improve appearance and strength of a patient's teeth.
Crowns are also used to restore the size and shape of damaged or chipped teeth. When used for this purpose, dental crowns are usually bonded to the tooth using dental-grade cement.
During your dental exam and cleaning, your hygienist will keep a sharp eye out for signs of tooth decay, which may require a crown. Benefits of dental crows from Merchants Walk Dental include:
Restorative dental treatments can be complicated, but dental crowns are straightforward and minimally invasive. During the process, your tooth's enamel is cleaned, and your damaged tissue is removed. Once that process is complete, we'll cast a custom crown for your tooth. While the crown is created, Dr. John Bishara or Dr. Milli Patel will provide you with a temporary crown for normal functionality.
Damaged enamel or structural damage can cause pain and sensitivity. Having a dental crown installed will help alleviate a good amount of your pain.
Our dental crowns are made with high-quality, long-lasting materials. With proper care and regular check-ups, they can withstand years of chewing, biting, and grinding.
When you lose one or more teeth, whether due to decay or another factor, it's important to fill the space where the tooth is missing. That's where dental bridges come in. Bridges are essentially fake permanent teeth used to fill holes caused by missing teeth. The false tooth is fused between two dental crowns giving it the bridge concept. Dental bridges are then typically anchored to healthy teeth using resin and cement.
The health of your teeth, their position, and the state of the surrounding bone will help our team determine if bridges are right for you. If not, dentures in Marietta, GA, might be a better option. Dentures come in two forms: partial and complete. Dentures are best for patients who have missing teeth but aren't able to use bridges. Complete dentures all your missing teeth, while partial dentures replace one or two teeth.
Getting cosmetic dentures can be a life-changing experience. It often requires physical and emotional preparation. At Merchants Walk Dental, our team will take as much time needed to consult with and prepare you for your denture procedure.
Whether you need dental bridges or cosmetic dentures, we're here to help make your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Dental implants are needed when you have missing teeth, but you cannot or will not get crowns, bridges, or dentures. Failing to replace a lost tooth will cause a bevy of problems as time goes on. For many patients, dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. With dental implants, you can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. A dental implant serves as a permanent artificial root anchored into the jawbone.
When our team puts a dental implant in place, your jawbone grafts itself to the titanium post making it as strong as your original root and tooth. The result is a natural, beautiful, fully-functional set of teeth that lasts for years.
Establishing healthy dental habits early in life is key for long-term oral health and confidence. The best way to learn those habits is at home and in a dentist's office.
At Merchants Walk Dental, our goal is to foster long-lasting relationship with the families in our community who trust us to care for their children's dental health.
When you choose Merchants Walk Dental as your child's dentist, you can rest easy knowing we treat your loved one just like ours. Our professional hygienists and experienced doctors are trained and certified to give your kids a comfortable dental experience. We like to mix fun with education, putting your child at ease while helping them understand the importance of proper dental care.
Common habits like teeth grinding and thumb sucking can have profound effects later in life. Our doctors are keenly aware of these habits, and work hard to help you and your child develop creative solutions to halt that behavior.
Our pediatric dental services improve the health of your child's teeth and gums with:
Having served the East Cobb and Marietta for years, we know your dental needs are unique and different from your neighbor. That's why we offer a variety of dental services to address each patient's special circumstances, from standard cleanings to complex root canals. By using the latest innovations and techniques in dentistry, we can better serve each client on an individualized level, leading to better comprehensive dental care.
We're taking new patients and accept most major forms of dental insurance to keep your teeth healthy and clean without breaking the bank. Contact our office today to schedule your dental exam and learn more about our history!770-691-5051
Camp Flix, the premiere filmmaking summer camp in the Southeast, will host sessions in both Atlanta, Ga. and Marietta, Ga. this Summer 2023. The camp has historically only been hosted in Atlanta. The one-week, real-world experience immerses kids, ages 11-17, to the techniques, language, and processes of filmmaking and acting, as well as providing an opportunity for teamwork and collaboration as they make a short film during the week with other campers. Registration is now open at ...
Camp Flix, the premiere filmmaking summer camp in the Southeast, will host sessions in both Atlanta, Ga. and Marietta, Ga. this Summer 2023. The camp has historically only been hosted in Atlanta. The one-week, real-world experience immerses kids, ages 11-17, to the techniques, language, and processes of filmmaking and acting, as well as providing an opportunity for teamwork and collaboration as they make a short film during the week with other campers. Registration is now open at CampFlix.com.
Hosted on Emory University and Kennesaw State University (Marietta Campus) campuses, Camp Flix offers day camp and overnight camp opportunities for tweens and teens. Led by a group of industry professionals, many of whom have taught in University film departments and worked for companies like WarnerMedia, Hulu, Adult Swim, Point Grey Pictures, and MTV, campers are given personal instruction from idea pitch to final cut.
Tom Karsch, founder of Camp Flix, is the former executive vice president and general manager for Turner Classic Movies and a 25-year veteran of the television industry. Karsch says, "We are excited to bring Camp Flix to Marietta with our new partnership with Kennesaw State University this summer. With great facilities including suite style housing and an excellent cafeteria, we are thrilled to have a new venue to help attract new attendees to both our day and overnight camps."
During their session, campers are challenged with a rigorous yet rewarding schedule, tailored to all types of careers in the movie business. The hands-on filmmaking experience includes training in cinematography, directing, script writing, special effects makeup, acting, post-production, and more. Participants work together in small crews to create one-of-a-kind short films that are shown then shared with parents and friends at a red carpet premiere on Friday night. For older campers, Camp Flix provides a unique opportunity to build their portfolios for college applications or potential employment.
“Now entering our 12th year, we are so proud to see former campers continue their filmmaking dreams that started at Camp Flix as they attend film schools and film programs around the country. Several of our former campers who are now in the business give back to Camp Flix by becoming counselors and spreading their passion for the craft of filmmaking amongst our campers,” Karsch adds.
The 2023 day and overnight summer camp sessions are slated for June 11-16 (Kennesaw State University, Marietta Campus); June 18-23 (Emory University); and July 9-14 (Emory University). Tuition begins at $795 for day camp and $1,495 for overnight camp. All campers are housed in the university dormitories, with 2-4 campers in each room or suite. Scholarships are also available.
More information can be found at CampFlix.com. Follow on social media @CampFlix on Instagram and Facebook.
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Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents the musical Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Doors open 30 minutes before the show. Free parking. Tickets at the door and right here: https://atlantalyrictheatre.co...
'I'm sorry this happened,' he told Patch.|Updated Thu, Jan 26, 2023 at 2:23 pm ETMABLETON, GA — A former Mableton mayoral candidate who was disqualified due to a returned check told Patch leading the town is his dream and passion.Rev. Henry Okafor, who operates a church and multiple businesses, was told about two days ago by elections officials he could not run for mayor because ...
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MABLETON, GA — A former Mableton mayoral candidate who was disqualified due to a returned check told Patch leading the town is his dream and passion.
Rev. Henry Okafor, who operates a church and multiple businesses, was told about two days ago by elections officials he could not run for mayor because a $900 check for a qualifying fee payment did not clear.
Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler said Tuesday Okafor submitted a check for the payment and it was returned due to insufficient funds. His name was removed from the ballot.
The news came one day after Paul Chukelu was disqualified for a return check. Chukelu was running for the Mableton City Council District 3 seat.
Okafor said he did not learn about the bounced check until he came back from a trip to Nigeria, where he buried his mother. He said life events moved so quickly for him that he was unaware the money was not available at the time. He maintained the money is presently available.
"The money didn’t clear on time," Okafor said. "The money is there."
He said he is sorry the check bounced.
Okafor has until Feb. 3 to show evidence the returned check was an error of the bank. He said he has been to the bank four times, and the bank refuses to write a letter accepting fault.
He has offered to pay in cash, but he said elections officials will not accept cash.
The longtime Mableton resident said he wanted to bring change to his community, prompting him to run for mayor.
"I live here," he said. "I see what’s going on here."
Okafor said he would like to see cleaner parks, better schools and apartments and a reduced cost of living in Mableton.
"I want to make Mableton a place of joy and contentment," he said. "… I want to make it the Las Vegas of Georgia."
As for pursuing the mayoral seat in the future, Okafor said it is possible.
"I just want (people) to see I can do what I promised," he said. "I just want people to be happy."
Patch has reached out to Cobb County Elections for comment.
SOLO ART SHOW FEATURING RITA PELOT OPEN AT THE GALLERY AT JOHNSON FERRYBeing Human will run through March 5MARIETTA, Ga. February 22, 2023—Marietta artist Rita Pelot is featured in a solo show titled Being Human at The Gallery at Johnson Ferry. The exhibit opened on Thurs., Jan. 26 and will run through Sun., March 5, 2023."God has been so good to me in giving me the talent, creativity and passion to paint. My desire is that I will do my art for God’s glory,” said Pelot. “I am thankful for Joh...
SOLO ART SHOW FEATURING RITA PELOT OPEN AT THE GALLERY AT JOHNSON FERRY
Being Human will run through March 5
MARIETTA, Ga. February 22, 2023—Marietta artist Rita Pelot is featured in a solo show titled Being Human at The Gallery at Johnson Ferry. The exhibit opened on Thurs., Jan. 26 and will run through Sun., March 5, 2023.
"God has been so good to me in giving me the talent, creativity and passion to paint. My desire is that I will do my art for God’s glory,” said Pelot. “I am thankful for Johnson Ferry because the church values the visual arts as a means to speak to our hearts in a unique way. As I gathered the paintings for the exhibit, I was reminded that God is the ultimate artist whose creativity is beyond anything I can imagine. He alone can create mankind in his own image. Each of his creations is totally unique and designed for a special purpose. As C.S. Lewis said, ‘There's no such thing as a mere mortal.’ Every person is valued by God.”
Pelot has loved to draw for as long as she can remember. While attending the University of Georgia, the art classes she took for an elementary education degree were her favorite classes. Though she laid her art aside while marrying and raising two daughters, her passion for art was again renewed when her daughters went to college. She has taken many workshops and classes from well-known artists such as Marc Chatov, Greta Schelke, Jim Schelle, Mel Stabin and Tony Van Hasselt, and Kris Meadows. She is a juried member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta and a member of the Portrait Society of America. Her work appears in many private collections.
For more photos of the art featured in this exhibit, or to schedule an interview with Rita, email Paige Pelot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Gallery at Johnson
The Johnson Ferry Gallery is located at 955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068, in the third floor Atrium of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. It is a part of the Johnson Ferry Creative Arts Ministry, focused on giving artists a voice in the church and opportunities to use their gifts for the glory of God. and puts on 6-7 art exhibits a year, with one of these exhibits dedicated to a solo show each year. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and on Sundays during regular worship hours. You can view artwork from previous exhibits at https://www.johnsonferrygallery.com/.
About Rita Pelot
Rita Pelot is a member of the Portrait Society of Atlanta and the Portrait Society of America. Pelot's paintings have been selected for juried shows at the Abernathy Arts Center, the Atlanta Artists Center in Buckhead, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, the Portrait Society of Atlanta, the Roswell Visual Arts Center, and many private collections. She and her husband Bill live in Marietta, GA with their Boston terrier, Lovey.
GEORGIA TECH (11-17, 3-14 ACC) vs. LOUISVILLE (4-24, 2-15 ACC)THE FLATS – Playing its final home game of the 2022-23 season and honoring two senior players, Georgia Tech hosts Louisville for a 2 p.m. Atlantic Coast Conference game Saturday at McCamish Pavilion.Georgia Tech (11-17, 3-14 ACC) is looking to even its season series against the Cardinals, who won the first meeting, 68-58, on Feb. 1 in Louisville. Tech has won its last three home games, taking down Notre Dame (70-68), Virginia Tech (77-70) and...
THE FLATS – Playing its final home game of the 2022-23 season and honoring two senior players, Georgia Tech hosts Louisville for a 2 p.m. Atlantic Coast Conference game Saturday at McCamish Pavilion.
Georgia Tech (11-17, 3-14 ACC) is looking to even its season series against the Cardinals, who won the first meeting, 68-58, on Feb. 1 in Louisville. Tech has won its last three home games, taking down Notre Dame (70-68), Virginia Tech (77-70) and Division II Florida Tech (79-56). Tech enters the weekend in 13th place in the ACC standings, a game ahead of Notre Dame and Louisville. The Jackets’ other conference win came Jan. 4 over Miami, the ACC’s current first-place team.
Louisville (4-24, 2-15 ACC) won only of six games since the teams’ first meeting, scoring an 83-73 decision at home over Clemson last Saturday. The Cardinals are 0-9 on the road this season, dropping those games by an average of nearly 16 points. The closest was an 83-95 defeat at Miami on Feb. 11.
Saturday’s game will be televised live on the ACC’s Regional Sport Networks, with live streams of the broadcast available on BallySports.com and the ESPN app. Radio coverage is on the Georgia Tech Sports Network by Legends Sports and flagship station 680 the Fan (680 AM/93.7 FM), and on satellite radio (SiriusXM channel 390, SXM app 980).
FINAL HOME GAME FOR BOYD, FRANKLIN
Georgia Tech will honor two senior players – guard Coleman Boyd and center Ja’von Franklin – and four senior managers on their final home game at McCamish Pavilion Saturday.
Boyd came to Tech after an all-state high school career at Mount Bethel Christian Academy in Marietta, Ga. A four-year letterwinner, this aspiring coach has led the Yellow Jackets’ scout team in helping Tech prep for each game the last four years, appearing in 12 games during his college career. He is set to graduate this spring with his degree in business administration.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., native, Franklin made stops at a junior college, Auburn and South Alabama, overcoming a broken leg early in his college career, before arriving at Georgia Tech, where he has excelled this season battling bigger and taller post players almost every game. He has six double-doubles this season while leading the Jackets in rebound average, blocked shots and field goal percentage. He received his undergraduate degree while at Auburn and has worked on a second major during his time at South Alabama and Georgia Tech.
Seniors Rodney Howard, Kyle Sturdivant and Lance Terry each have another year of eligibility under the NCAA’s COVID-19 guidelines.
SERIES NOTES VS. LOUISVILLE
The Alexander-Tharpe Fund is the fundraising arm of Georgia Tech athletics, providing scholarship, operations and facilities support for Georgia Tech’s 400-plus student-athletes. Be a part of developing Georgia Tech’s Everyday Champions and helping the Yellow Jackets compete for championships at the highest levels of college athletics by supporting the Annual Athletic Scholarship Fund, which directly provides scholarships for Georgia Tech student-athletes. To learn more about supporting the Yellow Jackets, visit atfund.org.
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Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team has completed six seasons under head coach Josh Pastner, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in 2021 and making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won four ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993, 2021), played in the NCAA Tournament 17 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBB) and Instagram. For more information on Tech basketball, visit Ramblinwreck.com.