Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

ToothacheTooth pain and sensitivity, though common enough, is not normal. It frequently signals infection or decay and requires investigation by your dentist, Dr. Orson Baek. At Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, Dr. Baek salvages many failing teeth and relieves those abnormal symptoms with precise and painless root canal therapy. This predictable service could help you keep a beautiful, healthy smile for life.

What is root canal therapy?

It's a dental procedure named for the pulp-filled chambers inside each tooth root. Front teeth typically have one or two roots and associated canals. Large molars at the back of the mouth may have three or four.

In any case, your dentist restores an infected, heavily decayed or traumatized tooth by removing this vascularized and innervated pulp, medicating the infection, and sealing and capping the tooth. This tissue, because of the infection, typically is dead or dying and is no longer useful to the adult tooth, says the National Institutes of Health.

A root canal only takes two one-hour appointments at Smart Family Dental Care. Performed with local anesthetic for maximum comfort, the treatment renders the canals clean, smooth and disinfected. Also, the dentist uses gutta-percha, an inert putty, to fill and support the canals, and a temporary crown covers the tooth as it heals.

Finally, at the last appointment, Dr. Baek replaces the temporary restoration with a porcelain crown which faithfully mimics natural oral function and realistic smile aesthetics. In other words, your tooth will look and act as Nature intended. The American Association of Endodontists says research documents exceptional longevity for most teeth restored with root canal therapy.

What about you?

Your dentist in Norcross can tell you for sure if you need a root canal. Some signs that your tooth is in trouble include:

  • Weakened tooth structure due to oral trauma, congenital defect or multiple fillings
  • Pain with biting, chewing, or application of heat and cold
  • Throbbing toothache
  • Bad breath unrelieved with brushing or mouth wash
  • Sore, red gums, sometimes with bumps or pimples near the affected tooth
  • Foul-tasting drainage
  • Pus at the gum line

However, some patients have teeth that are in danger of extraction but have no symptoms at all. That's why your routine, six-month check-ups and cleanings at Smart Family Dental Care are so important. Dr. Baek and his professional team can detect dangerous signs of oral health problems that you may not be aware of.

Keep all your teeth

You can with good preventive dentistry and precise restorative care from your friends at Smart Family Dental Care. Root canal therapy is just one of their many state-of-the-art treatments. Call the office in Norcross, GA, today if you have a concern about a particular tooth or if it's time for your semi-annual visit at (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
August 12, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

By Smart Family Dental Care
February 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Your life is changing: a great job, new friends and in general, a positive trajectory. However, you feel less than confident when you smile. A cosmetic dentistrysmall chip off a front tooth and some stubborn enamel stains mask the vibrant personality you know you have. Well, take heart. You can show off your best possible smile with a help from Norcross, GA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Orson Baek, at Smart Family Dental Care. Learn more about his array of amazing aesthetic services.

Your consultation

Any smile makeover, from the simplest to the most complex, begins with a consultation with Dr. Baek. He'll examine your teeth and gums and address any oral health issues you may have.

Then, with a healthy baseline, you and he can discuss how you'd like to enhance your teeth and gums. Before your appointment, consider your tooth color, shape, and alignment. Are there problems with spacing, excess gum tissue or defects such as cracks, uneven tooth length or chips? Be realistic in your ideas, and communicate them to Dr. Baek who will listen carefully and make suggestions to meet your smile goals.

Offered services

Bonding Also called direct bonding, or composite resin bonding, this simple, one-visit service repairs small enamel defects. Using a tooth-colored blend of glass particles and acrylic, bonding seamlessly attaches to tooth surfaces for a finish that's durable and natural looking. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry calls bonding an additive process because your Norcross cosmetic dentist adds the resin to the tooth in layers, hardening each to achieve the desired result.

Professional teeth whitening Offered as an at-home or in-office procedure, whitening at Smart Family Dental Care brightens stained and dull teeth by up to eight shades of color. In the office, the process takes about an hour. At home, the patient wears customized whitening trays daily for a prescribed amount of time. Both processes use a form of concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach out staining organic matter without any gum or dental sensitivity. Results last indefinitely with good oral hygiene, some dietary modifications, and regular hygienic cleanings.

Cosmetic contouring This refinishing treatment evens tooth length, smooths rough enamel and normalizes tooth shape with a fine grit sandpaper, drill or even a handheld laser tool. It requires one visit to Smart Family Dental Care and is economical. Often, it is the finishing touch on a complete smile makeover.

Porcelain veneers Customized from fine ceramic, veneers enhance teeth which have dark stains, gaps, crowding, chips, cracks, and more. A permanent restoration, these porcelain shells bond to the front of healthy teeth and add a measure of durability, too. To place veneers, Dr. Baek removes a thin slice of enamel from each tooth. With gentle care, veneers last upwards of a decade.

Find your smile

With great cosmetic dentistry in Norcross, GA, you can be proud of your smile. Trust your makeover to Dr. Orson Baek and his team at Smile Family Dental Care. Call today for a consultation: (770) 446-5700.

By Smart Family Dental Care
November 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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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
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental bonding offers a simple way to restore and enhance your smile. Your Norcross, GA, dentist, Dr. Orson Baek of Smart Family dental bondingDental Care, explains how bonding works and shares information on several dental issues that can be treated with these cosmetic dentistry treatment.

How does bonding repair teeth?

Soft composite resin is the material used in bonding. Although the composite resin is soft and pliable initially, it becomes very hard when exposed to a curing light. Composite resin comes in the most common tooth shades to ensure that your dental work doesn't stand out when you smile. If you're concerned about costs, you'll want to consider bonding. The procedure is one of the most durable and least expensive dental treatments available. The next time you visit Dr. Baek's Norcross office, ask him if bonding will help your smile.

Will bonding help my smile?

Bonding is often used to repair damaged teeth. It can fill in chipped areas of enamel or even lengthen teeth. Grinding, one of the most common causes of short teeth, may affect your bite and can even make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Bonding builds up your teeth, lengthening and protecting them. Large or deep cracks will need to be treated with crowns, but smaller cracks can benefit from bonding. Applying a thin coating of composite resin is an excellent solution if you want to hide small, noticeable cracks in teeth.

Bonding is equally effective at hiding discolorations as it is concealing cracks. Whether your tooth became darker due to trauma or a dental procedure or changed color after you took tetracycline as a child, dental bonding offers the easiest way to transform your tooth.

Teeth don't always look quite the way we want. Luckily, bonding can be used to address a variety of appearance-related issues. If a tooth is a little bumpy or pitted, a coating of composite resin will help smooth it out. Bonding can also change the shape of a tooth and is often used to make twisted teeth appear straight.

Gaps might not affect your bite, but they can impact the way you feel about your smile. Filling in gaps with composite resin gets rid of small spaces between teeth quickly.

Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks these days? Bonding can help improve your appearance. Call your Norcross, GA, dentist, Dr. Baek of Smart Family Dental Care, at (770) 446-5700 to find out if the cosmetic dentistry option is right for you.