By Smart Family Dental Care
February 22, 2022
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers   Dental Veneers  

Are you looking to improve the appearance of your front teeth? Dental veneers are widely used to improve the appearance of front teeth and are a much more conservative option than a full dental crown. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of staining, large gaps, large fillings, chipped teeth, or overall shape. Veneers are a thin covering over the front and biting end of the tooth used to restore the beauty of a smile. Over the years Dr. Orson Baek has helped many patients who opted for veneers and now have the confidence to smile again, all from Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA.

Dental veneers are made in a lab from long-lasting porcelain materials. The shade can be chosen to any desired color to whiten the appearance of your smile. Dental veneers are usually placed on the anterior, or front teeth, where the chewing forces are not as hard as the back teeth. The process of placing veneers is relatively easy, requiring only two dental appointments. In some cases, only one appointment is needed. It depends on the fabrication process.

The first appointment is to “prep” the teeth and take an impression to be sent to a lab to fabricate the veneers. Veneers are fairly conservative in the preparation as it requires a small amount of space to be created on the face (front), bottom, and sides of each tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed and look natural. You will leave the office with temporary veneers for the next week or two while the permanent veneers are being made.

The second appointment is to place the veneers and make minor adjustments if needed. What a difference it makes in the appearance of the teeth! If you’re interested in learning more, give Dr. Orson Baek a call today! Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, can be reached by calling (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 11, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Pain  

If you suffer from gum pain in Norcross, GA, Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care can help you find relief.

7 Common Causes of Gum Pain

There are several reasons your gums might be hurting, the most common of which are listed below.

Canker Sores

Canker sores or mouth ulcers are a common cause of gum pain. They’re typically red but sometimes have a white covering. These often go away within a week or two. If they last longer, it’s important to visit Dr. Baek in Norcross, GA, as it may not be a canker sore.

Cuts or Burns

At times, gum pain comes from simple cuts or burns caused by food or another common item. The pain may not show up immediately, making it difficult to pinpoint the cause. It will, however, typically go away quickly. 

Aggressive Brushing

A lack of dental hygiene can cause many problems in your mouth, including painful gums. However, brushing your teeth too hard can have the same impact. Be sure that when you brush, you are not doing so with too much pressure.

Gum Disease

Sore gums that bleed and are red and swollen are often a good sign of gum disease, such as gingivitis. Brushing and flossing regularly can help prevent and reverse this if caught early enough.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes can increase the flow of blood to the gums, which can cause them to swell and hurt. This includes hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy, and menstruation.

Irritation from Dental Appliances

Sometimes, instruments such as dentures, mouth guards, and similar appliances can irritate the gums. This could be because they’re new and your mouth is adapting to them. It might also be because there is food stuck between them and your gums or because they fit poorly.

Infected Teeth

When you have an abscessed or infected tooth, the pain tends to extend beyond the tooth. The gums will swell and hurt, too.

You don’t have to live with painful and swollen gums. To find gum pain relief in Norcross, GA, call (770) 446-5700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baek at Smart Family Dental Care today.

By Smart Family Dental Care
December 07, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

Smart Family Dental Care specializes in laser surgery in Norcross, GA, to help patients improve their oral health. Dr. Orson Baek and our team of dental professionals use lasers to treat infected gum tissue and tooth decay. Keep reading about the benefits of laser dentistry, and come see us to improve your oral health with lasers!

Lasers in dentistry

Lasers have been used in dentistry since the 90s, and over time have become even more precise and efficient at treating dental issues. Dentists use soft and hard tissue lasers to precisely target infected gum tissue and tooth decay, treating cavities, gum disease, and more.

Soft tissue lasers are used on the gums to treat gum disease. The focused beam of light used can eradicate infected tissue without harming any healthy tissue. These lasers can also treat gums for cosmetic reasons like correcting a gummy smile with crown lengthening.

Hard tissue lasers can penetrate the enamel layer, making them excellent tools for cutting through bone and reshaping a tooth. These lasers also detect and remove cavities by targeting and eradicating the decay.

Benefits of lasers

The precision technology lasers use allows for a more pleasant dental experience in several ways. When used on soft tissue, laser surgery in Norcross, GA, requires less recovery time because there is less injury to the gums overall and you can heal quickly.

When a laser is used on hard tissue it can eliminate the need for a dental drill. This makes for a much more comfortable appointment, especially if you have fear or anxiety over the dentist. We can minimize your discomfort and maximize the efficiency of your dental treatment with lasers.

Smart Family Dental Care offers laser surgery in Norcross, GA, for you to have the most convenient and comfortable dental appointment. To make an appointment with Dr. Baek, contact us at (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
October 14, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you unhappy with your smile? Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA can use cosmetic dentistry to transform your mouth. Our smile is how we communicate with the world, and it is often your first impression of someone. Having teeth that you feel insecure about can hinder that impression and leave you wishing for help. With cosmetic dentistry in Norcross, GA, and other practices, there is no need to hide your smile or feel embarrassed about your teeth or gums. Dr. Baek is an expert at whitening, replacing, straightening, and more. 

Cosmetic Dentistry options

  • Invisalign- This is a great option for those who are looking to straighten their smile. Invisalign is a wire-free, clear option that is often more affordable than traditional braces. It is done by taking an in-office impression of your teeth and turning that impression into a set of clear aligners that you wear until treatment is complete.
  • Porcelain Veneers- Veneers are thin layers of porcelain made to match each individual tooth. They cover the front of your tooth enamel in the instance of chips, cracks, or generally undesirable appearance, giving you a bright, clean smile no matter what.
  • Teeth Whitening- If you want the brightest smile in Norcross, GA, cosmetic dentistry offers teeth whitening services. A professional will assist you in-office by applying a hydrogen-peroxide gel to your teeth for one hour. Take-home options are also available but require more effort on the patient's part.
  • Dental Implants- In some instances, your teeth will need to be taken out due to cavity or decay. But with dental implants, you can stop worrying about a few troublesome teeth and be assured of long-lasting and great-looking implants.

Everyone deserves to have a smile that they are proud of, and with cosmetic dentistry, a new and improved smile is more than possible. Dial (770) 446-5700 to call Smart Family Dental Care for an appointment with Dr. Baek using cosmetic dentistry in Norcross, GA. A transformed smile is only one phone call away.

By Smart Family Dental Care
September 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you have lost a tooth, replacing it can restore the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can cause more trouble than just the way they look. The gap they leave behind can cause food to get stuck and can allow surrounding teeth to shift leading to problems with plaque and decay. You have options when it comes to restoring your smile, but dental implants represent the best option in matters of appearance, use, and longevity. Learn about dental implants in Norcross, GA, from your Smart Family Dental Care dentist, Dr. Orson Baek.

Improved Support

One of the major differences between dental implants and other treatments is the way they are supported.

Dental bridges are held in place by reshaping the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. A crown is then attached to these teeth so that they can support the replacement tooth in between.

When restoring multiple teeth, removable dentures are the traditional solution. Many have complaints about shifting dentures at the time of eating and speaking. This happens because our mouth changes shape over time and dentures depend on suction to remain in place.

Dental implants do it all completely differently. They are held in place by a titanium post that is permanently bonded to the bone of your jaw which is possible thanks to a process called osseointegration. Both single dental implants and implant-supported dentures are supported the same way.

Dental Implants in Norcross, GA

Dental implants do require a larger initial investment of time, as compared to other treatments. But unlike these others, dental implants are made to be a complete and permanent restoration. The result is a tooth that looks just like any other, with comparable bite strength.

Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants in Norcross, GA, by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Baek of Smart Family Dental Care. You can dial (770) 446-5700 to book an appointment.

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