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 Sandy Springs, 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 Sandy Springs, 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 Sandy Springs 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 Sandy Springs, 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 Sandy Springs 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
Sandy Springs will continue pursuing safety improvements to Roswell Road with an extensive plan.The 9-mile stretch of road provides significant access to restaurants, retail, government facilities, and residential communities.The plan is a “culmination of a multi-month study” focused on safety deficiencies and operations. City officials envision Roswell Road serving as a boulevard with safer access for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.Improvements will include a raised median, a reduction in driveway dens...
Sandy Springs will continue pursuing safety improvements to Roswell Road with an extensive plan.
The 9-mile stretch of road provides significant access to restaurants, retail, government facilities, and residential communities.
The plan is a “culmination of a multi-month study” focused on safety deficiencies and operations. City officials envision Roswell Road serving as a boulevard with safer access for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Improvements will include a raised median, a reduction in driveway density, wider sidewalks/side paths with a wide buffer from the travel lanes, intersection-level pedestrian improvements, and mid-block pedestrian crossings.
“We tried to see how it could look to add access management treatments from one end of Roswell Road to the other,” said Traffic and Transportation Unit Manager Kristen Wescott.
Wescott highlighted filling gaps in areas with broken sidewalks and increasing crosswalk safety beacons throughout the city.
Council member Melissa Mular discussed three aspects that she felt were priorities of the intended improvement projects.
“While we improve the overall safety of the road, we need to make sure that we provide entry and exit without undue burden to residents who live along Roswell Road, especially between Abernathy and Dalrymple. It is an absolute must that we engage the communities to get their input, as well as the businesses. When we are considering curb cuts and realignments, we have a way to help facilitate inter-parcel connectivity, so we don’t interrupt the businesses,” said Mular.
According to Westcott, residents had the opportunity to provide comments and feedback. Both were factored in during plan development, which encompassed Roswell Road being subdivided into smaller segments, and when each segment will be improved was prioritized based on project effectiveness and safety needs.
“We are in a developed place where we have a lot of impacts with every project that we do, so we have to be thoughtful of how you implement those,” Westcott said.
The first tour of recommended projects are those believed to be in need of completion within the next five years, according to Wescott.
Other plans for the are include wider travel lanes in each direction, a raised median, wider sidewalk and a new traffic signal to provide access to adjacent shopping centers.
Similar reconstruction is planned for Peruca Place/Prado to I-285 Eastbound ramp; Meadowbrook Drive to Windsor Parkway; Johnson Ferry Road to north of Chaseland Road and Northridge Road to Hightower Trail.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Driving on Highway 400, no matter what time of the day, can be a hassle. Whether it is at night or during the day, you add construction to that mix, and it is just difficult.“In the mornings, it is jammed pack. In the evenings, it is jammed pack. It is a headache,” said Benjamin Ready.Ready knows all about maneuvering through the 400/I-285 Interchange. “I live in the Alpharetta area. I drive it every day,” said Ready.[DOWNLOAD: ...
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Driving on Highway 400, no matter what time of the day, can be a hassle. Whether it is at night or during the day, you add construction to that mix, and it is just difficult.
“In the mornings, it is jammed pack. In the evenings, it is jammed pack. It is a headache,” said Benjamin Ready.
Ready knows all about maneuvering through the 400/I-285 Interchange. “I live in the Alpharetta area. I drive it every day,” said Ready.
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But now, for Ready and hundreds of thousands of drivers, there is another layer to this traffic maze.
Starting on Saturday night, the flexible shoulder lanes, or FLEX lanes to many, will close for good. “It is the worst headache. They are working and just shut down the lanes,” said Ready.
“We initially went into this weekend anticipating the formal closure of those FLEX lanes on Northbound and Southbound from about Pitts Road to Holcomb Bridge,” said Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale.
Dale said it is a part of a massive project.
“Because we are rebuilding these three bridges, which are all fifty plus years old, new designs, multi-use paths, pedestrian, and bike capabilities, these three bridges sort of in a row, are being rebuilt over the next year or year in a half. A lot of that lane and shoulder is needed for construction.”
Dale is asking drivers to find an alternative route during the construction project and pack a lot of patience. Meanwhile, Ready said that is a lesson he is learning the hard way.
“Like off my exit, exit 10 off 400, if you got somewhere to be like at 8 o’clock in the morning, you need to leave like 5 o’clock, because the traffic is going to have you jammed up.”
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Dale said once the bridges are completed, they will work on the GA-400 express lanes.
According to GDOT, drivers should expect a permanent closure of shoulder lanes with speed limits reduced to 55 mph from Spalding Drive to Holcomb Bridge Road.
The closure will be from GA-400 southbound from Holcomb Bridge to Pitts Road overpass and GA-400 northbound from just south of Pitts Road overpass to Northridge Road until 10 a.m. Sunday morning.
Drivers are asked to be aware of the speed limit and to seek alternate routes if possible.
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Sandy Springs firefighters scale down children's hospital, meeting patients from windowA group of Sandy Springs firefighters went to the top of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to practice rappelling down the side of the 80-foot building. They were able to meet and surprise some of the children along the way.SANDY SPRINGS, Ga - Some Sandy Springs firefighters decided to go to the top of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite to do some training. As they rappelled down the 80-foot building, they mad...
A group of Sandy Springs firefighters went to the top of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to practice rappelling down the side of the 80-foot building. They were able to meet and surprise some of the children along the way.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga - Some Sandy Springs firefighters decided to go to the top of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite to do some training. As they rappelled down the 80-foot building, they made some new friends along the way.
As they lowered themselves floor-by-floor, they would pause at the windows and wave to the tiny patients.
"Not everyone wants someone in the room with the kids, so it was a cool way of them getting to be close to us without us having to go in their rooms," said Capt. Kyle Sweeney.
The first responders saw the children's eyes light up. Both the children and the firefighters reached out to each other, and an instant bond was formed.
"For us to be able to feel that emotional connection with a piece of glass between us," said Lt. Anderson.
"It really brightened his day," said Zach Lansdell, whose son Levi is a patient at Children's.
Three-year-old Levi has been in the hospital for 200 days. His parents, Karli and Zach, say seeing the firefighters was one of his best days.
"It really made a huge impact on Levi and was a huge morale booster," said Zach.
After seeing the sweet smiles of the children through the windows, the first responders wanted to meet them, so they headed inside.
"To see the happiness it brings them that's fulfilling for us," said Capt. Sweeney.
"Every kid in there has a story, every kid, every family member. They don't have any idea what kind of joy they gave us," said Lt. Anderson.
Lt. Chris Mileshko was among the firefighters. His father's video company, Mileshko.com, took some unforgettable photos of video of the special day.
The firefighters say it was an emotional day, some of them have gone back to the hospital to visit some of the children they met, and have developed friendships with their parents.
Celebrating 30 years of cultivating an incredible array of finds to pique all interests, the bargain hunters’ extravaganza, Tossed Out Treasures is bringing the luck of the Irish to all its shoppers as it returns St. Patrick’s Day weekend.Running March 17 through 19, the annual shopping for a cause event is hosted by the Sandy Springs Society and benefits nonprofit organizations throughout the community.Doors will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 and March 18, and from 12 to 3 p.m. on March 19. In partnership wit...
Celebrating 30 years of cultivating an incredible array of finds to pique all interests, the bargain hunters’ extravaganza, Tossed Out Treasures is bringing the luck of the Irish to all its shoppers as it returns St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Running March 17 through 19, the annual shopping for a cause event is hosted by the Sandy Springs Society and benefits nonprofit organizations throughout the community.
Doors will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 and March 18, and from 12 to 3 p.m. on March 19. In partnership with Jamestown, this year's sale will be held at Hammond Exchange (in the space formerly occupied by Office Depot) at the corner of Roswell and Hammond Roads at 5934 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. This year's chairs include Deborah Minor, Patty Kaplowitz and Jennifer Webb.
As The Sandy Springs Society's longest-running fundraiser, Tossed Out Treasures, sells gently used items donated by members of the organization as well as the community. First held in 1992 and returning in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the event’s sales highlight the reuse and repurposing of designer clothing, high-end accessories, jewelry, books, furniture, antiques, upscale home decor, children’s items and more. At the conclusion of the event, remaining merchandise is donated to area charities.
"As we’re seeing a rise in prices on goods of all kinds, this is the ideal time to purchase ‘new to you’ items that are still in great condition at bargain prices," Minor said. "Every year on opening day, there’s a long line of shoppers eager to discover what treasures are inside."
Members sort and display the incredible assortment of community donations in a setting equivalent to an upscale department store, with sections including men and women’s clothing, antiques, children’s items, kitchen, home and garden, art, home décor and more. All items are new or gently used (all donations are carefully inspected before being included) and available for purchase at significantly reduced prices.
"From antique buyers and interior decorators to bargain hunters and supporters of the community, shoppers are always excited about the incredible finds that we’ve curated for the event," Minor said. "As we celebrate 30 years of Tossed Out Treasures on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we’re sure shoppers will be feeling lucky over saving ‘a pot of gold’ on their amazing new finds."
Guests at this year’s event will also have the opportunity to purchase the newly released Sandy Springs Society cookbook, "Savor Sandy Springs," a collection of recipes from members as well as restaurants, businesses and notable members of the Sandy Springs community. Proceeds will go towards the Society’s philanthropic grants.
Since it began in 1992, the event has raised up to $82,000 annually. These funds help more than 30 nonprofit organizations in the community through The Society's philanthropic grants program, which supports various nonprofits that promote the arts, education, heritage, environment and social services in the city. In 2022, the Society awarded $263,300 in grants to 32 nonprofit organizations serving the Sandy Springs community. To date, the Society has awarded more than $4.5 million in grants to support the community in the past 34 years.
For more information on Tossed Out Treasures and The Sandy Springs Society, visit sandyspringssociety.org.
Leadership Sandy Springs’ is excited to celebrate a proud 35-year legacy of community leadership at its 35th Anniversary Gala Feb. 25.LSS invites guests to done their best Old Hollywood glam or cocktail attire and dance the night away at Studio Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, in Sandy Springs. The gala will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.The Gala committee, co-chaired by LSS alumni Janon Redmond, Class of 2020, and Pam Rosenthal, Class of 2013, has been working for months to create “the best party in town” to celebrate th...
Leadership Sandy Springs’ is excited to celebrate a proud 35-year legacy of community leadership at its 35th Anniversary Gala Feb. 25.
LSS invites guests to done their best Old Hollywood glam or cocktail attire and dance the night away at Studio Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, in Sandy Springs. The gala will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Gala committee, co-chaired by LSS alumni Janon Redmond, Class of 2020, and Pam Rosenthal, Class of 2013, has been working for months to create “the best party in town” to celebrate the nonprofit’s storied past, and as a fundraiser for its future regional growth, new curriculum offerings, and scholarships for adult and youth class members.
“It’s going to be a magical night with festive cocktails, fabulous food stations, a dessert and coffee bar, amazing silent and live auction items, casino games, music, dancing and more,” Redmond said. “We really want party goers to have a fantastic time and have fun with the Old Hollywood Glam theme. We hope they dance the night away!
The casino games: blackjack, craps, poker and roulette are entirely for entertainment and no money will be won.”
The committee has enjoyed channeling such icons as Frank Sinatra and Lena Horne among many other Old Hollywood actors and entertainers in their marketing efforts.
“It’s a great theme, nostalgic and fresh at the same time,” Rosenthal said. “We encourage everyone to dress up in Old Hollywood glam style or wear cocktail attire.”
They’ve also reached back into the archives to share the history of how the area’s preeminent leadership organization came to be. Neva Dixon Rountree, a noted Public Relations Executive, founded Leadership Sandy Springs after opening her award-winning PR agency, Rountree Group, in Sandy Springs. “Not a joiner but a doer,” Rountree considered what she could do, and suggested starting Leadership Sandy Springs as a program of the Sandy Springs Chamber, with the goal of identifying and educating local community leaders.
Together with the Chamber’s executive director, Linda Gillman, a Leadership Foundation committee was formed in 1985, to develop the initiative as a program of the Sandy Springs Chamber.
In Spring 1986, Leadership Sandy Springs launched the program seeking a “diversified group of existing and potential leaders” for their first Fall leadership class. The following April, the 20 member Class of 1987 become the organization’s first graduates and new alumni.
According to Executive Director, Rosalyn Putnam, the rest — as they say — is history, and the organization now boasts over 700 alumni, who have been actively involved in serving the Sandy Springs community ever since.
“Many people have been instrumental in our organization’s success, especially our most recent past Executive Directors Ellen Stein, Carolyn Axt, and my predecessor, Jan Paul,” Putnam said. “Community members as well as alumni and their guests are encouraged to attend. Tickets can be purchased online, and we sincerely thank our presenting sponsor, Kaiser Permanente, for helping make our exciting, once-in-a-lifetime event possible.”