Posts for: October, 2016

By Smart Family Dental Care
October 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from Norcross can improve your smile

There are many reasons why you should consider dental implants. They are the state-of-the-art, high-tech solution to replace a single dental impl;antstooth or multiple missing teeth. Not too many years ago, you were limited to partials, dentures or dental bridgework to replace missing teeth. All of these options proved to be inadequate compared to your natural teeth. Now, thanks to dental implants, you have a natural-looking way to complete your smile. Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA wants to help you discover why you should consider dental implants.

People choose dental implants for their many benefits, including:

  • Cosmetic beauty, because they look just like your natural teeth, only better
  • Conservation of remaining teeth, because unlike dental bridgework, Dr. Baek doesn’t have to prepare the teeth next to the implant
  • Convenience, because you don’t have to remove them for eating or sleeping, unlike removable partials and dentures
  • Stability, because dental implants are fused to bone, holding them firmly in place
  • Easy maintenance, because they are stain-resistant and will never decay

Dental implants offer a permanent solution with a high success rate. In fact, they boast a success rate of over 95%, the highest of any surgical implant!

Another major benefit of dental implants is that they can actually help you look younger. That’s because your body creates bone to fuse with the dental implant, locking it in place. This helps to maintain your firm jawline and the youthful fullness of your face. In contrast, removable partials and dentures can put pressure on your bone, causing the bone to disappear over time, a process called resorption.

Your dentist in Norcross will place your dental implants with a simple in-office procedure. During a healing period, your bone will fuse with the implant, and the implant becomes the “root” of your missing tooth. After the implant is secure and stable, Dr. Baek will place a permanent crown on top of the implant. The final result is virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

You should consider dental implants if you want the best, most natural tooth replacement available. You deserve a full, beautiful smile you will be proud to show off. It’s time to call Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA. Find out more about dental implants by calling today!

By Smart Family Dental Care
October 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
October 11, 2016
Category: Oral Health

There's something universal about thumb sucking: nearly all babies do it, and nearly all parents worry about it. While most such worries are unfounded, you should be concerned if your child sucks their thumb past age of 4 — late thumb sucking could skew bite development.

Young children suck their thumb because of the way they swallow. Babies move their tongues forward into the space between the two jaws, allowing them to form a seal around a nipple as they breast or bottle feed. Around age 4, this “infantile swallowing pattern” changes to an adult pattern where the tip of the tongue contacts the front roof of the mouth just behind the front teeth. At the same time their future bite is beginning to take shape.

In a normal bite the front teeth slightly overlap the bottom and leave no gap between the jaws when closed.  But if thumb sucking continues well into school age, the constant pushing of the tongue through the opening in the jaws could alter the front teeth's position as they erupt. As a result they may not fully erupt or erupt too far forward. This could create an open bite, with a gap between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are closed.

Of course, the best way to avoid this outcome is to encourage your child to stop thumb sucking before they turn four. If, however, they're already developing a poor bite (malocclusion), all is not lost — it can be treated.

It's important, though, not to wait: if you suspect a problem you should see an orthodontist for a full evaluation and accurate diagnosis. There are even some measures that could discourage thumb sucking and lessen the need for braces later. These include a tongue crib, a metal appliance placed behind the upper and lower incisors, or exercises to train the tongue and facial muscles to adopt an adult swallowing pattern. Often, a reward system for not sucking their thumbs helps achieve success as well.

Thumb-sucking shouldn't be a concern if you help your child stop before age 4 and keep an eye on their bite development. Doing those things will help ensure they'll have both healthy and straight teeth.

If you would like more information on thumb sucking, 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 “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”