Posts for tag: Laser Dentistry

By Smart Family Dental Care
March 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

The field of dentistry is always advancing in exciting new ways, and laser dentistry is one of its latest and greatest innovations! Utilizing laser dentistryspecial lasers to uninvasively treat a range of dental concerns, laser dentistry is a convenient and effective method to care for your oral health problems. Learn more about laser dentistry by reading below, and call Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, for personal treatment!


Laser Dentistry

The lasers used in laser dentistry emit narrow beams of light energy that can be used in a variety of ways to improve oral health. For instance, laser dentistry can be used for the early detection of possible cavities. During this process, the laser detects tiny pits and grooves on tooth surfaces that are not readily visible. Those small pits and grooves can be an indication that a cavity has developed in the tooth. Early detection of cavities is extremely beneficial, for once they're discovered, our dentist can treat the cavities before they get worse.

Another use of laser dentistry is the detection of tartar that has developed below the gum line. Tartar that has formed on exposed surfaces of the teeth can be readily noticed during an oral exam, but tartar that has formed below the gum line is easy to miss. Left undetected and untreated, tartar build-up below the gum line can eventually lead to the development of gum disease.

In addition to detecting potential oral health problems, laser dentistry from our Norcross office can also be used to treat a variety of dental concerns. These issues include:

  • Destroying bacteria within cavities
  • Removing unhealthy or infected tissue
  • Sealing cancer sores and ulcerations
  • Correcting gummy smiles
  • Lengthening crowns
  • Whitening dull or stained teeth


Interested? Give Us a Call!

To learn more about what laser dentistry can do for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Baek, your Norcross dentist, by contacting Smart Family Dental Care at (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
December 29, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Since their development in the laboratory over five decades ago, lasers have found increasing use in our everyday lives. In the field of medicine, it’s not uncommon to find lasers in the offices of dermatologists, ophthalmologists and surgeons, to name just a few. Now, some dentists are finding that lasers can offer an alternative means of treating gum disease — and one that may have advantages in certain situations.

You probably know that a laser produces a special kind of light — in fact, its name is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Essentially, a medical laser uses electrical energy to produce an intense and narrow beam of concentrated light. This light can be directed to a particular area, often via a fiber-optic channel. The laser’s precision allows a doctor or technician to focus the light energy exactly where it’s needed — to remove diseased tissue, seal off blood vessels, and sterilize a wound, for example.

For several years, periodontists — dentists who specialize in treating diseases of the gums — have been researching the use of lasers for treating certain types of gum disease. In standard clinical practice, hand-held instruments and ultrasonic cleaning tools are used at regular time intervals (3 – 6 months) to remove the sticky bacterial biofilm, as well as calculus (tartar), that forms in between teeth and gums. If that still isn't effective, gum surgery may be required to access the affected area, remove diseased tissue, and reduce pocket depth (the space below the gum line that gets larger as bone loss occurs) to prevent reinfection.

Recently, however, several new procedures have been developed that use lasers to accomplish some or all of these goals. One type of therapy uses a special laser that emits pulses of light with a specific wavelength (color) of 1064 nanometers. This light passes through healthy cells like a sunbeam through a window — but when it encounters darkly-pigmented bacteria, it vaporizes them instantly!

One of the potential advantages of laser treatment is its precision: focused directly on the area where trouble occurs, it targets diseased tissue but leaves healthy tissue alone. Another is that laser treatment is less invasive: It requires less tissue removal, and may cause less discomfort and tissue shrinkage (gum recession) than conventional periodontal surgery. And because it produces small amounts of heat, it can seal blood vessels and help control bleeding.

While lasers have long shown promise for treating gum disease, until recently it wasn’t clear if they offered any advantages over traditional methods. Now, several studies have shown that certain laser treatments can be just as effective as traditional gum surgery in many cases — with the potential benefit of being less invasive. In the future, the use of lasers for periodontal procedures is likely to increase.

It’s important to remember that no single treatment — not even a laser — can “zap” gum disease in one fell swoop. Controlling periodontal disease requires effective at-home oral hygiene combined with regular professional care. If you have questions about periodontal disease, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 20, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Laser Dentistry  

At Smart Family Dental, laser and cosmetic dentistry in Norcross, Dr. Orson Baek utilizes recent advancements in technology to improve dental procedures for all of his patients in Norcross. Dr. Baek maintains precision and efficiency through laser dentistry so that his patients can experience the best in dental care. Laser dentistry allows for the treatment of highly specific areas by laser without damaging the surrounding tissues.  Norcross Laser Dentistry

For years lasers have been used in dentistry to treat a number of dental problems. As laser dentistry continues to improve and grow in popularity, many dental procedures can be performed quicker, more efficiently and more comfortably than ever before. Dr. Baek, dentist in Norcross, GA, may use dental lasers during a professional cleaning to remove tartar and as a replacement for the traditional root planing procedure, which currently is performed using a surgical instrument that can potentially damage surrounding tissue.

In Norcross, laser dentistry offers an array of benefits for both the patient and Dr. Orson Baek. From faster healing to minimizing bleeding and bacterial infections, laser dentistry allows Dr. Baek to successfully treat his patients without causing damage to surrounding tissues.

For more information on laser dentistry in Norcross at Smart Family Dental, contact Dr. Orson Baek and his staff by calling (770) 446-5700.