"I believe in treating each person as an individual. I do this by seeing each person one at a time, and by listening to people with my full undivided attention. I help my patients understand their current condition. I help my patients create their plan to close the gap between what they have now and what they want!"
Jeff Foltz, DMD
Dr. Jeff Foltz has practiced dentistry in Peachtree Corners for 20 years. His specialty is restorative and cosmetic dentistry and his passion is seeing his patients achieve their desired level of health. Dr. Foltz received his Doctor of Dental Medicine Degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1986. Since then, he has attended numerous post-graduate and advanced training programs in comprehensive dentistry. Dr. Foltz is a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Georgia Dental Association, the Hinman Dental Society, and a mentor of the Schuster Center for Professional Development. He has also been involved in overseas dental mission work, which he has found to be very rewarding.
Dr. Foltz and his wife, Claire, are both graduates of the University of Georgia, and the parents of two children, three guinea pigs and one dog. They also enjoy being the host family for foreign exchange students, and medically fragile children from third world countries who are in the U.S. for surgeries. Dr. Foltz is an avid tennis and softball player.
More about Dr. Foltz
Dental implants, offered at our office, are a long-term solution to missing teeth that are natural-feeling and easy to care for. Consisting of artificial roots that are permanently placed into your jaw by an oral surgeon or periodontist, dental implants are completed when Dr. Foltz attaches an artificial tooth or bridge onto the implant. Because this tooth is matched perfectly to the surrounding teeth and anchored directly to the jawbone, you will regain the full function and feel of the missing tooth.
Dental implants have helped our patients over the years with myriad dental problems. Some people are only missing one tooth, due to inherited genes or an unfortunate accident. Other patients, such as long-time denture wearers, have to wear dentures that are so loose and painful they can´t even go out in public. For these people, dental implants are a life changing option. They can be used to support a full set of dentures, so that chewing, speaking, and smiling can be done with natural confidence.
Cosmetic Bonding & Contouring
For patients who may not be able to afford porcelain veneers or have the time for crowns, dental bonding may be a good solution. Dental bonding not only delivers beautiful results, but is often accomplished during only one visit to Dr. Foltz's office. Dr. Foltz will apply tooth-colored dental resin to the affected teeth, sculpting it into the desired shape and location. After the resin is hardened with a high-intensity light, Dr. Foltz will polish the teeth and give you instructions on how to keep your bonded teeth looking beautiful for years to come.
Cosmetic Bonding & Contouring
Dental crowns have been around for decades; they are an effective means of repairing and protecting teeth that have become badly damaged. Dr. Foltz specializes in newer crowns, crafted entirely of porcelain that closely matches the color and translucence of the surrounding natural teeth.
Often used to completely cover teeth that have become dangerously weakened because of decay or trauma, porcelain crowns can reinforce the tooth so that it does not have to be removed. In almost any situation, the preservation of an existing tooth is important to the integrity of the mouth and the jawbone, as well as being cost-effective.
Dental Fitness Program
An extremely effective communication tool that gives my patients accurate information and the right support, so they can make choices that are consistent with their values and beliefs! I believe in giving my patients reliable information about the causes of their dental disease, in an encouraging and relaxed environment, so they can choose what level of health is right for them. In this way, my patients can stop the cause of their disease and not just treat symptoms over and over again.
The end result of this approach is that my patients require the least amount of dentistry over their lifetime. This saves my patients time, money, and the emotional struggle of doing dentistry over and over again. My patients become the person who controls the level of health they have. “You can do it, we can help!” as Home Depot would say! "Preventive dentistry can add 10 years to human life." - Dr. Charles Mayo
A dental bridge, used to bridge the gap caused by a missing tooth, is an excellent option for a person who is not a good candidate for dental implants. The office of Dr. Foltz is proud to offer their patients the option of porcelain bridges. A porcelain bridge is made of an artificial tooth that is attached to two porcelain crowns. The crowns are bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap, and carefully matched to the surrounding teeth to camouflage the appliance as much as possible.
Because it is made from tooth-colored porcelain, these bridges are very natural looking and durable; after receiving their bridges, our patients report that they are able to speak, eat, and laugh with confidence.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Dr. Foltz is one of the rare dentists who specializes in full mouth rehabilitation, one of the most challenging of all dental procedures. Full mouth rehabilitation involves the restoration of every tooth in your mouth in an effort to improve your bite and relieve discomfort in the jaw. In this procedure, Dr. Foltz identifies your ideal bite and the most comfortable position for your jaw. Using this information, he creates a complete set of porcelain crowns that will be permanently bonded to your existing teeth. With proper planning, the entire process may require only a few visits, after which the health and beauty of your smile will be restored. Full mouth rehabilitation can help to alleviate a variety of ailments, including TMJ dysfunction, headaches, soreness in the jaw, neck and back pain, and numbness of the limbs.
If you have chipped, stained, or otherwise irregular teeth, porcelain dental veneers from Dr. Foltz are a durable and beautiful way to transform your smile. Dr. Foltz has helped countless patients to face the world with a dazzling, healthy-looking smile without having to undergo lengthy orthodontics or invasive surgery.
During your consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Foltz, he will discuss with you your goals and expectations. Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for dental veneers, he will take a mold of your teeth so the porcelain veneers can be made to his specifications. Crafted of thin layers of porcelain, dental veneers are custom-made in Hartford labs to match the size, color, and translucence of the patient's teeth.
When you come back to Dr. Foltz's office one or two weeks later, your veneers will be ready. In order to bond the porcelain veneers to your teeth, Connecticut cosmetic dentist Dr. Foltz will simply apply them with bonding cement, and cure them under a lamp.
Porcelain veneers are incredibly resilient; they are made of a material that is highly stain resistant and long-lasting. Dr. Foltz will give you the proper instructions for taking care of your new veneers, so you can enjoy a confident, stunning smile for years to come.
Tooth Whitening Therapies
Why do my teeth have stains and discolorations?
Most stains are caused by age, tobacco, coffee, or tea. Other types of stains can be caused by antibiotics, such as tetracycline; or too much fluoride.
What treatments are used for stained teeth?
Ask Dr. Foltz about tooth-whitening options. They include a number of over-the-counter whitening systems, whitening toothpastes, and the latest high-tech option -- laser tooth whitening. For maximum whitening, experts agree that peroxide is usually the way to go.
Supervised bleaching procedures that are done in-office and at-home have become among the most popular treatment options. In some cases, the procedure is performed entirely in the office, using a light or heat source to speed up the bleaching process. In other cases, Dr. Foltz gets the procedure started during an office visit and then gives you what you need to complete it at home. Still another popular procedure is one that you complete entirely at home.
At-home procedures, sometimes called night guard vital bleaching, consist of placing a bleaching solution, usually a peroxide mixture, in a tray (nightguard) that has been custom fitted for your mouth by an oral health care professional. The bleaching solutions may vary in potency and may be worn for an hour, or throughout the night. Dr. Foltz can advise you on the appropriate type of application and the length of time needed to whiten your teeth, based on the severity of tooth discoloration and your specific needs.
How effective are bleaching systems?
Bleaching is effective in lightning most stains caused by age, tobacco, coffee, and tea. Based on clinical studies, 96 percent of patients with these kinds of stains experience some lightening effect. Other types of stains, such as those produced by tetracycline use or fluorosis (too much fluoride), respond to bleaching less reliably. And one cosmetic dentist points out that bleaching systems are not fully predictable. If you have a tooth-color filling when your teeth are bleached, the filling will stay yellow - dental restorations do not change color when tooth whitener is applied.
Are there any side effects to tooth bleaching?
In some studies, patients have experienced uncomfortable short-term side effects when having teeth bleached. Hydrogen peroxide can increase temperature sensitivity in the teeth, particularly at higher concentrations, and night guards often cause gum irritation.
And overzealous use of over-the-counter home bleaching products can wear away tooth enamel, especially with solutions that contain acid. Therefore, bleaching is a procedure best done under the care of an oral health care professional.
Still, the general health risks of bleaching systems are minimal as far as your body is concerned. Applications are controlled so that you don´t swallow hydrogen peroxide.