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August 8, 2012

Technology for Better Dental Care

At Dentistry in Buckhead, we pride ourselves on exceeding our patients’ expectations. Dr. Pate and our trained, compassionate team will make you feel like part of the family by providing personalized attention and exceptional dental care, backed by advanced technology. Here, Dr. Pate lists just a few of the technological advances that we offer to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.


Cavities are the most common dental issue that Dr. Pate treats. DIAGNOdent uses a low-intensity laser to detect signs of decay more precisely and at an earlier stage than previous methods. When cavities are found early, there is less decay to remove, so Dr. Pate can preserve more of your natural tooth structure. DIAGNOdent’s laser detection also allows Dr. Pate to monitor areas of concern without the repeated use of X-rays.

Digital X-Rays

The greatest advantage of digital radiography is safety. Digital X-rays require up to 90% less radiation and provide a much clearer picture of your teeth than a traditional X-ray machine. You can view the detailed images on a monitor as Dr. Pate explains his finding and treatment recommendations. Also, digital X-rays are much easier to store, study and transfer than traditional film records, and they require no hazardous chemicals for development.

Intraoral Camera

Ever wonder what the inside of your mouth looks like up close? Our intraoral camera lets us take you on a virtual tour of your mouth. We prefer to keep our patients at the center of their treatment plans. The camera captures images that give us visual aids to guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options, so you’ll be informed every step of the way. (more…)

May 22, 2012

What’s Your Dental IQ?

You probably know that daily dental hygiene is important to keep your mouth healthy. However,  brushing and flossing are only effective if you do it properly. Dr. Pate wants to test your knowledge to see how much you know about preventive dental care.

1. How long should you brush your teeth?

A. One minute
B. Three minutes
C. Ten minutes

2. How often should you floss?

A. Every day
B. Once a week
C. Only before my dental appointment


May 8, 2012

Tools for Your Dental Education

At Dentistry in Buckhead, we understand that you may be confused about your oral health because you can’t see what’s happening inside your mouth. However, Dr. Pate is determined to help his patients fully understand their oral health. We offer digital x-rays, intraoral cameras, and chairside monitors to help keep you informed, educated, and aware of your dental health and treatment.

What are Digital X-rays?

Dental x-rays are essential in helping Dr. Pate diagnose tooth decay, gum disease, alignment issues, and other dental problems in their early stages. However, many people are concerned about the radiation exposure in traditional x-rays. Instead, we offer digital radiography technology. Digital x-rays produce 90 percent less radiation to help keep our patients and our environment safe and healthy. Additionally, digital x-rays give us instant high quality images of your teeth that can be organized electronically.


April 18, 2012

Keeping Back Teeth Healthy

When you smile, other people typically only see the front, outer surfaces of your teeth. Many cosmetic treatments, like whitening, veneers, and bonding, brighten these surfaces to improve your physical appearance. However, it’s just as important to take care of the parts of your mouth that other people can’t see. Proper dental care and regular visits to Dr. Pate can help keep front and back teeth healthy so you can function properly.

Why are Back Teeth Overlooked?

The Academy of General Dentistry reports that more people are concerned with achieving a beautiful smile than a healthy one. Many people don’t pay close attention to their back teeth because they aren’t visible and don’t impact overall appearance.

In addition, brushers often have difficulty reaching and cleaning their back molars. Your back teeth are responsible for grinding and crushing your food before you swallow. Your “chewing surfaces” also have deep ridges to help with chomping. Since your back molars are frequently exposed to food, and food can get stuck in the grooves, it’s important to thoroughly clean these teeth to remove debris. If you need help reaching the back of your mouth, try using a toothbrush with a long handle. You should also remember to start your brushing routine at the back of your mouth—while your toothbrush and paste are fresh, and before you tire of brushing. Additionally, at your regular dental cleaning with Dr. Pate, our hygienists will help clean those difficult-to-reach angles that you can’t scrub on your own.


April 9, 2012

Need Bonding or Veneers?

Dental bonding and porcelain veneers are two common cosmetic procedures that Dr. Pate can use to brighten your smile. Both restorations are placed over your teeth to hide discolorations, chips, gaps, and other imperfections. At your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Pate, your Atlanta dentist will discuss all your options and determine the cosmetic treatment that meets your needs. Take this quiz to see if you know the difference between bonding and veneers.

1. What material does bonding use?

a. Porcelain
b. Composite resin
c. Amalgam

2. Who creates your porcelain veneers?

a. A dental ceramist
b. Dr. Pate
c. A periodontist


March 27, 2012

A white smile – the perfect wedding day accessory

Are you planning your spring or summer wedding? You’ve probably considered how you want your hair, makeup, dress, and decorations to look—but what about your smile? Dr. Peter Pate’s cosmetic services can keep your smile bright through all your wedding photographs and festivities.

Brightening Before the Big Day

According to SHAPE Magazine, many brides wish they had a whiter smile for their wedding. It’s your day to shine, and your smile is no exception. If you need whiter teeth, Dr. Pate can remove discolorations with whitening treatments, dental bonding, or porcelain veneers to keep your smile bright. If you need straighter teeth, follow in the footsteps of celebrity Katherine Heigl, who used Invisalign to straighten her teeth before her nuptials. Make sure you plan your cosmetic treatments ahead of time so you can adjust to your new smile.

Smiling During the Ceremony

You’ll be surrounded by photographers as you stand at the altar. You’re already nervous about tripping down the aisle, so don’t let your imperfect smile add to your stresses. A beautiful smile will not only look good in photos and memories, but will also improve your confidence. When it comes to the “I do” moment, be sure to keep your lips hydrated and your breath fresh to enjoy the big kiss.

You should also make sure that your pre-wedding planning doesn’t stress you out and cause you to neglect your dental needs. To keep your smile healthy and beautiful before, during, and after your wedding, visit Dr. Pate. Contact Dentistry in Buckhead at (404) 266-9424 to schedule an appointment for your big day.  We welcome patients from Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Lenox, Brookhaven, Atlanta, and surrounding communities.

March 7, 2012

National Sleep Awareness Week

The National Sleep Foundation reports that about 37 percent of adults sleep less than seven hours per night, but the recommended time is seven to nine hours. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to experience daytime sleepiness and health problems. This week, March 5-11, is National Sleep Awareness Week, a campaign designed to promote the importance of sleep. Dr. Pate can help you understand the importance of getting adequate sleep at night.

  • Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, affecting about 18 million Americans. Sleep apnea blocks your airways at night, interrupting your rest.
  • Insufficient sleep is associated with anxiety, depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
  • Sleeplessness decreases your performance and effectiveness, and increases your risk of accidents and injuries.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that drowsy driving is responsible for 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and 100,000 car accidents each year.
  • Staying awake for more than 20 hours straight causes the same reactions and impairment—including blurred vision—as having a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 percent.


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