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Dr. Deborah Aten and Dr. Anthony Garofalo take pride in providing excellent dental care to the Ballantyne community. Whether you need your teeth cleaned, a tooth extraction, or a cosmetic procedure, our friendly dental professionals will provide the best oral care suitable for your unique needs.

Aten & Garofalo Dentistry is patient-centered and passionate about educating our clients about good oral health and how to maintain it. Dental education and treatment planning help our patients:

  • Play an active role in determining their dental treatment goals.
  • Make educated decisions to achieve long term oral health.

As passionate dentists in Ballantyne, Dr. Aten and Dr. Garofalo are always happy to meet new patients and build new relationships with those who are seeking excellent oral care.

Our dental team has established meaningful relationships with our patients for the past 15 years and continues to find great fulfillment in welcoming new patients to our growing dental community.

Schedule an appointment with two of the top dentists in the Ballantyne Charlotte area today!

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Our Dental Services & Procedures

At Aten & Garofalo Dentistry in Ballantyne, we strive to give our patients the most beautiful smiles and healthy mouths with our comprehensive dental services.

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Cleaning & Prevention

Regular teeth cleaning, as well as daily oral care, are the key to preventing tooth decay and gum disease.

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Cosmetic Procedures

Having a beautiful and healthy smile can help improve your mood, boost your confidence, and enhance your social skills.

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Implant Procedures

Dental implants are an excellent option to consider when replacing missing teeth. They are often more secure and long-lasting than conventional dentures or bridges.

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Dental Emergencies

You never know when an emergency may occur. You could break a tooth while eating a piece of popcorn, lose a filling, or experience dental trauma at a sporting event.

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Our dental care professionals are dedicated to providing the absolute best in restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Drs. Aten and Garofalo are dedicated to offering the patients in their practice state-of-the-art oral treatment plans while maintaining a high level of kindness and compassion. Learn more about our doctors below!

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Dr. Deborah J. Aten

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Dr. Anthony Garofalo

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Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I visit the dentist?
Generally speaking, most patients should see a dentist twice per year. Routine cleanings and exams are scheduled every six months. This timing ensures that potential problems are caught and addressed early before they escalate. It also allows your dental team to remove any new plaque or tartar before it spreads and causes damage.

Patients who are prone to tooth decay or gum disease may need more frequent dental exams. Your dentist will let you know the best timing for your needs.

What happens during a dental cleaning?
During your routine cleaning, a hygienist uses special instruments to clean and polish the teeth. The process removes built-up plaque from the teeth and along the gum line to keep bacteria from spreading through the mouth. The dentist may request x-rays to assess the health of your bone and underlying oral structures. Additionally, the teeth, gums, and jaws are checked for signs of decay, periodontal disease, oral cancers, and problems with the jaw joints such as TMJ.
What should I do if I have a dental emergency?

When the unexpected occurs, stay calm and contact your dental team for direction. We will direct you to the best
course of action
based on your current situation. Common dental emergencies include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Infected or abscessed tooth
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Knocked out or lost tooth

For minor issues, you may be able to maintain your comfort and/or swelling with cold packs and over-the-counter pain medication. If you have broken or lost a tooth, try to locate the missing piece. Place it between your gum and cheek or in a cup of milk until you get to our office. Once you arrive, our goal will be to keep you comfortable as we address the problem and restore your smile.

Do you accept my dental insurance plan?

At Aten & Garofalo Dentistry, we work with many major insurance companies. We recommend that you contact your insurance company prior to your appointment to review your benefits and to make sure we are in-network.

For patients without insurance or when insurance is not enough, CareCredit may be an option. CareCredit offers affordable payment plans to help you cover your dental care.

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Office Location

Our dental practice is conveniently located within a complex off of Toringdon Way in Ballantyne. We are easily accessible from Interstate 485 and Johnston Road.



We are located within Toringdon 1. As a business complex with a large parking lot, you will find ample parking for your dental appointment with us.



Ballantyne is home to numerous restaurants. Whether you want takeout, dine-in, fine dining, or family-friendly atmospheres, our local area has you covered. Check out Cantina 1511, Viva Chicken, Cabo Fish Taco, or Another Broken Egg Cafe.


Local Businesses

Over the last few years, Ballantyne has grown into a booming business industry with activities for the whole family. Support the local businesses, gyms, parks, or spas. You can even make your own art at Dish It Out or get your game on Sports Connection.



In the mood to shop? Check out Ballantyne Village for a complete shopping, dining, movie theater, and health and wellness experience. This open-air shopping mall has activities for the whole family.


Grocery Stores

Run your errands and grab your groceries after your dental appointment. Within minutes you can visit The Fresh Market, Harris Teeter, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s.

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