Posts for: February, 2016

By Smart Family Dental Care
February 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

The versatility of cosmetic dentistry.

Not too many years ago, when you needed a tooth repaired the choices were limited to large, metal fillings. Now, thanks to modern cosmetic dentistrydentistry and state-of-the-art dental materials, you can have beautiful, natural-looking cosmetic dentistry treatments. Cosmetic dentistry is an art, so don’t go see just anyone. Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA is your go-to professional who can introduce you to the world of cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide variety of dental treatments to fix most dental esthetic issues. Teeth whitening treatments are used to whiten your teeth if you have dull or darkened teeth from aging, or deeply stained teeth from coffee drinking or smoking. Your Norcross cosmetic dentist offers an in-office whitening treatment which takes about an hour, or take-home whitening kits which you can use when it’s convenient for you in the privacy of your home.

If you are looking for more substantial treatments to fix major cosmetic problems in your front teeth, Dr. Baek can introduce you to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are used to change the look of teeth that are:

  • Poorly aligned or slightly overlapped
  • Badly shaped or broken
  • Spaced widely apart
  • Cracked or chipped
  • Deeply stained or discolored

Composite is a very versatile tooth-colored filling material and can be used to cover up small chips and cracks in your teeth. It is also used to replace metal fillings and can correct the shape and color of teeth. Highly skilled cosmetic dentists like Dr. Baek can also disguise some of the less-than-perfect issues with your teeth like overlapping or tooth alignment. Your composite treatment will be color-matched perfectly so your restorations are virtually indistinguishable from the teeth around them.

If you are thinking about cosmetic dental treatments, you owe it to yourself to come in and visit Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA. Call today and find out which cosmetic dental treatment is best for you!

By Smart Family Dental Care
February 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
February 05, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease   oral hygiene  

If you ever get out of the habit of daily brushing and flossing, you’re setting yourself up for dental disease. Neglecting oral hygiene allows bacterial plaque to build up on tooth surfaces, which can give rise to aggressive gum infections known collectively as periodontal (gum) disease.

Gum disease may first manifest itself as gingivitis, an inflammation of the outer gum tissues around teeth. Resuming hygiene habits could help reduce the infection if it’s detected early enough. If the infection has spread deeper below the gum line, though, brushing and flossing won’t be able to reach and remove the offending plaque — you’ll need our help with that.

The objective of any such treatment is the same as your daily brushing and flossing — remove plaque as well as hardened deposits (calculus) that cause disease. The most basic technique is called scaling in which we use specialized hand instruments (scalers) or ultrasonic equipment to loosen and remove the plaque and calculus from all tooth and gum surfaces.

For deeper plaque, we may need to use a technique called root planing. As its name implies, we use equipment similar to scalers to shave or “plane” plaque, calculus, bacteria or other toxins from the roots that have become ingrained in their surfaces.

These procedures are often carried out with local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and allow us to be as meticulous as possible with plaque and calculus removal. It’s imperative that we remove as much plaque and calculus as possible, and which often involves more than one session. This is because as the gum tissues become less inflamed it allows us to access more plaque-infested areas during subsequent sessions.

Hopefully, these techniques will arrest the infection and restore good health to gum tissues. It’s then important for you to recommit and follow through on a renewed daily hygiene regimen to reduce the chances of re-infection that could lead to more serious problems and potential tooth loss.

If you would like more information on treating periodontal (gum) disease, 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 “Root Planing.”