Posts for: November, 2017

By Smart Family Dental Care
November 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
HereisHowYoucanImproveYourWeddingDaySmile

Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Smart Family Dental Care
November 14, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: oral health   diabetes  
FrequentlyAskedQuestionsAboutDiabetesandOralHealth

People with diabetes have special concerns when it comes to dental care. In fact, 1 in every 5 cases of total tooth loss is linked to this widespread health condition. November is National Diabetes month, so it’s a good opportunity for us to answer some frequently asked questions about oral health and diabetes.

Q. Can I get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth even if I have diabetes?

A number of studies have shown that people with diabetes can be good candidates for dental implants, but there are some concerns regarding dental implant treatment, which involves minor surgery. Wounds tend to heal more slowly in people with diabetes, who are also more infection-prone than those without diabetes. In diabetic individuals with poor glucose control, research has also shown that it takes longer for the bone to heal after implant placement. We will take these (and other) factors into account when planning your implant treatment. However, in many situations even poorly controlled diabetes does not necessarily preclude dental implant treatment.

Q. I’ve heard people with diabetes have a higher risk for gum disease. Is that true?

Yes. Research shows that people with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease, especially when their diabetes is poorly controlled. The reverse is also true: untreated periodontal disease can worsen blood sugar levels. So it’s important to manage both of these inflammatory conditions. If you notice the early signs of gum disease, such as inflamed or bleeding gums, please bring this to our attention. Early gum disease (gingivitis) is much easier to treat than more advanced forms—which can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Q. If I have diabetes, how can I protect my oral health?

Keep doing your best to control your blood sugar levels with exercise and a healthy diet—and stick to an effective daily oral hygiene routine, which includes both brushing and flossing and coming in for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Make sure to let us know what medications you are taking and update us on any changes. If you notice any mouth sores, swelling or inflammation, bring this to our attention as soon as possible.

If you have additional questions about diabetes and oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Smart Family Dental Care
November 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether they were lost due to trauma, decay, or extraction, closing the gaps in your teeth may seem like an impossible task. However, with dental implantsdental implants, you can replace your missing teeth to renew and rejuvenate your smile. Whether you have one gap, several gaps, or need to replace all the teeth on an arch, dental implants can help you. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA.

Parts of a Dental Implant 
Dental implants are held in place by the implant’s fixture, which your dentist will surgically implant into the jawbone underneath your missing tooth. The fixture is a small, titanium post which “screws” into the bone. After implantation, the bone grows around the fixture to lock it firmly and permanently into place. The implant’s prosthetic is usually a dental crown, a porcelain, tooth-shaped cap, which fits over the implant’s fixture to replace the missing tooth itself. The implant’s abutment connects the two main pieces together and anchors them both into place.

Dental Implants vs Other Tooth Replacement Options
A dental implant replaces both the tooth and its root permanently, without the help of any surrounding teeth. The implant stands alone and can last a lifetime with the right care. A dental bridge, however, requires the help of the healthy teeth surrounding the gap. The teeth must fit inside the crowns on either side of the bridge, requiring a preparation procedure on the healthy teeth. The bridge also sits above the gumline and does not stimulate the bone to keep it healthy as an implant does.

Dental Implants in Norcross, GA
Dental implants require a sufficient amount of bone in which to lie, indicating that patients with significant bone atrophy within the area of their implant may require a bone graft prior to their implant. This rebuilds the implant site and strengthens the bone to provide a good foundation for the implant.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental in Norcross, GA. Call (770) 446-5700 to schedule your consultation for dental implants with Dr. Baek today!