Posts for: February, 2017

By Smart Family Dental Care
February 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”


By Smart Family Dental Care
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease   periodontics  

Even with better technology and treatment options than ever, over 64 million American adults (roughly 47 percent of the population) gum diseasesuffer from some degree of gum disease, according to a study by the American Academy of Periodontology. Gum disease is a progressive inflammatory disorder that typically starts out in the form of mild gingivitis, where the gums might appear bright red and bleed during brushing and flossing. If left untreated, full-blown periodontitis can not only lead to tooth loss, but has also been linked to serious health problems like diabetes, cardiac disease and stroke.

Dr. Orson Baek, a general dentist and periodontist at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, advises all patients to adhere to the American Academy of Periodontology's recommendation to schedule a dental exam and professional cleaning every year to monitor current oral health, and to catch gum disease before it can progress and cause serious damage.

Gum Disease Diagnosis and Treatment in Norcross, GA

As with most health problems, the best way to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums is through prevention. Dr. Baek recommends starting with a good daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing and limiting overconsumption of sugary snacks and drinks. Taking the time to visit the dentist before something is wrong is another important step in gum disease prevention and treatment.

The most common signs and symptoms of gum disease according to the American Academy of Periodontology are:

  • Redness, swelling and gum tenderness
  • Gum recession
  • Bleeding from the gums during brushing, flossing or eating
  • Sores or pus between the teeth and gums
  • Changes in bite patterns and tooth alignment
  • Spacing or loose teeth

Find a Dentist in Norcross, GA

Taking control of your oral health and general wellness is as easy as paying a routine visit to the dentist. For more information on how to prevent and recognize the early signs of gum disease and to learn your individual risk factors, contact Smart Family Dental Care by calling (770) 446-5700 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Baek today.


By Smart Family Dental Care
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
SeekImmediateTreatmentforthisAdvancedFormofGingivitis

It takes only a short time neglecting your oral hygiene before you begin to notice some unpleasant things with your gums: swelling, redness or even bleeding. These are all signs of gingivitis, a periodontal (gum) disease that arises from bacterial plaque, a thin biofilm that builds up on tooth surfaces when a person doesn't brush or floss.

Fortunately, early stages of gingivitis can be treated effectively with comprehensive plaque removal during one or more office visits. If, however, it's not dealt with early, it can develop into something much more serious: acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis (ANUG). This form does more than leave you with unattractive teeth and gums and terrible breath — it could eventually cause you to lose your teeth.

ANUG is also known as trench mouth, a common ailment among front line World War I soldiers without access to proper dental care and hygiene. It's most prevalent today among individuals who are under a great deal of stress, not sleeping or eating well and haven't cleaned or properly cared for their teeth for an extended period of time. Tobacco smokers also seem more susceptible than non-smokers to the disease, perhaps because smoke dries the mouth and changes the bacterial environment.

Unlike common gingivitis, ANUG can be quite painful. In effect, the gum tissues begin to die (necrotize), especially the triangular peaks between teeth known as papillae. Besides the other symptoms of gingivitis, the tissues may become yellowish.

ANUG can be treated effectively. The first step is to relieve the symptoms of pain and inflammation through medication. The focus then shifts to treating the underlying cause, bacterial plaque. Besides plaque removal common in any treatment for gum disease, we may also need to initiate antibiotic therapy. Metronidazole is a common antibiotic that's been demonstrated effective against the specific bacterial strain associated with ANUG. We might also combine this with an antibacterial mouth rinse containing chlorhexidine.

The final step belongs to you: to keep ANUG or any other gum disease from reoccurring, it's important for you to adopt a daily regimen of brushing and flossing, along with regular dental visits for thorough teeth cleaning and checkups. Taking this proactive approach will help ensure you won't suffer from this painful and unattractive form of gingivitis again.

If you would like more information on acute gingivitis, 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 “Painful Gums in Teens & Adults.”