Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By Smart Family Dental Care
December 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsGeorge Washington wore primitive dentures made of ivory and human teeth. Today's tooth replacements are far more functional and attractive. Whether you need to replace one, two, or all of your teeth, dental implants from Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, will rebuild your smile safely and comfortably! Smart Family's Dr. Orson Baek is the dentist with the skills and artistry to give you great oral function and smile aesthetics—read here about how his services can benefit you!

The Dental Implant

It's fashioned from top-notch materials:

  1. A titanium root (the actual implant itself)
  2. A metal alloy extension post
  3. A custom-made porcelain crown

Placed by your dentist during an efficient, in-office oral surgery at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, your dental implant will bond securely to your jaw bone. The bonding process, called osseointegration, takes months, but when it is finished, the extension post and crown will readily accept the exceptional forces biting and chewing exert.
Osseointegration is exclusive to dental implants and implant-supported bridges and dentures. No other tooth replacement features this lifelike and bone-building bond with the jaw. However, the bonding process does take time, so patience definitely is essential to the dental implant treatment.
Benefits of Dental Implants
These state-of-the-art prosthetics feature many patient-friendly benefits. They include:

  • A fuller, stronger jaw bone and healthier gum tissue (these structures recede after tooth loss but are restored by implants)
  • Strong biting and chewing
  • Clear speech
  • Aesthetics which are natural-looking in color and shape (no one can tell that it's an implant)
  • Longevity (most dental implants last a lifetime according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry)
  • A wide range of tooth replacement scenarios, including full and partial dentures and bridgework using multiple implant devices
  • Ease of care (twice a day brushing and daily flossing, along with semi-annual preventive care with Dr. Baek and his team)

Find out more
Dr. Orson Baek and his professional team would love to tell you more about how dental implants can benefit your oral health and overall well-being. Contact them at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA, for an evaluation and explanation of the dental implant treatment. Call (770) 446-5700 today!

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
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
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.

By Smart Family Dental Care
January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your Norcross dentist can help your smile

Cosmetic dentistry is the right choice for just about everyone. No matter whether your teeth are broken, unevenly shaped, badly aligned cosmetic dentistryor deeply stained, a cosmetic dental procedure can enhance your smile. You can now change what genetics and bad habits have done to your smile. Dr. Orson Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA wants to help you discover how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile.

If you want a whiter smile because you drink coffee, smoke or have an aging smile, a professional whitening treatment can help. The results from professional whitening can whiten your teeth up to 8 shades, and your great results can last up to 5 years! At Smart Family Dental Care, you can choose from:

  • In-office whitening--if you want rapid results; treatment takes about an hour.
  • Take-home whitening--if you want to whiten at your convenience; the kit contains everything you need to whiten at home.

If you want to cosmetically change the color, appearance, alignment or other issues about your teeth, you can choose dental bonding. This procedure uses composite, a liquid resin material that is shaped and then hardened with an ultraviolet light. Dr. Baek can color match the material perfectly   so that your new bonding treatment becomes a harmonious part of your smile.

Contouring and reshaping are often performed in combination with bonding to improve dental imperfections, worn or broken teeth, or poor tooth alignment and other issues.

For a more dramatic smile enhancement, porcelain veneers are an excellent choice. Veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain which are cemented on the front surfaces of your teeth. They resist staining, making them a great solution for smokers and coffee drinkers too. Porcelain veneers will mask most dental appearance problems including teeth that are:

  • Chipped or cracked
  • Poorly shaped or badly aligned
  • Discolored or stained
  • Unevenly spaced apart

You owe it to yourself to consider cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile. A great smile creates a great first impression, and you want people to see you at your best. To find out more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you call Dr. Baek at Smart Family Dental Care in Norcross, GA. Call today and discover why cosmetic dentistry is right for you!