Posts for: January, 2016

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If your Norcross dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, has recommended one or more dental implants to replace your missing teeth, you may have dental implantssome questions about their care. It may surprise you to learn that these amazing restorations can be cared for in almost the same manner as your natural teeth. Here's how the staff at Smart Family Dental in Norcross, Georgia suggests caring for your dental implants, before and after the procedure:

What is the care regimen for dental implants?

Prior to the placement of your dental implant's post, your Norcross dentist will give you instructions on maintaining your oral health. It is important that your gum tissue is healthy; gums should be firm and have a coral pink color, and should not bleed with normal brushing or flossing motions. Healthy gums keep the post protected from bacteria that could potentially enter the placement site.

After the post of your implant is placed by your Norcross dentist, it will be imperative to keep the area decontaminated. Careful brushing in the area and thorough rinsing will keep it clean and free of food debris.

Once the implant has fully healed and the crown has been placed, the care will be similar to that of natural teeth. Brushing twice daily with a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive paste or gel will ensure that the crown retains its finish and that your gums will not become irritated. Flossing once a day is also important. Your Norcross dentist may recommend a water flosser to irrigate the areas between your teeth and implants.

Will my dental implants need replaced?

If you follow the above instructions, you're on pace to have a dental restoration that can last a lifetime. Unlike other restorations, dental implants from Dr. Orson Baek, your Norcross dentist, are designed to simulate the anatomy and function of an entire tooth, not just the visible portion. This keeps the entire implant stable and also helps to retain function of your jawbone and other natural teeth.

If you'd like to learn more about the advantages of dental implants, contact Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, Georgia today! We'd be glad to set up an appointment with Dr. Orson Baek.

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 21, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”


People who’ve lost all their teeth (a condition known as edentulism) face a decision on how to restore their lost function and appearance. And there are a number of options to consider.

A fixed bridge supported by dental implants, for example, is a good choice for patients who still have sufficient bone structure in their jaw. It’s not a good choice, however, for those with the opposite situation — who’ve experienced significant bone loss which has also affected their facial structure. For them, there’s a better alternative that also uses implants for support — the overdenture.

An overdenture is similar to a traditional denture, in that it’s made of life-like crowns permanently set in denture plastic, and may either partially or fully cover the roof of the mouth. The main difference, though, is that unlike traditional dentures which rest for support on the gum ridges, an overdenture is supported by strategically placed implants that the denture fits over and connects to — hence the name “overdenture.”

There are a number of advantages for an overdenture, especially for patients with bone loss. A removable, implant-supported denture can be designed to replace lost tissues that have altered facial appearance — to “fill in” the face and restore aesthetic harmony. Patients who’ve previously worn dentures will also often find their speech better improved than with fixed bridgework.

Because it’s removable, an overdenture and the underlying gums are easier to clean, which helps inhibit disease and lessen further bone loss. It also allows you to properly care for the denture, which can extend its longevity and reduce future potential maintenance and replacement costs.

If you would like to consider removable overdentures as an option, you should begin first with a thorough oral exam that includes evaluating the status of your bone, jaw and facial structure. From there we can advise you if overdentures are the best choice for you.

If you would like more information on overdentures and other restoration options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Fixed vs. Removable.”