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By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C
November 29, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Veneers are like shields a dentist adheres to your natural teeth, usually to improve aesthetic issues. However, when you visit our Dr. Jason Cohen or Dr. Timothy Killgrove at Cohen Modern Dentistry in Southgate, MI, for veneers, you'll receive more benefits than an improved smile. You'll also make your oral hygiene routine simpler and enhance the vibrancy of your smile.

No Spaces, Less Room for Hidden Debris

With veneers, our dentist can reduce the spaces in between your teeth, so there's less space for debris to hide and brushing and flossing easier. As a result, you can better keep on top of your oral hygiene and will reduce your chances of cavities and gum disease caused by food particles that remain in your mouth. 

Protect Sensitive Teeth for Better Hygiene

If you have sensitive teeth, brushing, sometimes even with special toothpaste, can cause discomfort. Veneers act as a barrier to your teeth. Therefore, as you brush, you won't have that tooth, or as much, sensitivity that can interfere with your dental hygiene. 

Better Appearance, More Reason to Care for Your Teeth 

You'll have an easier time taking care of your smile when you have a reason to keep it looking beautiful. You'll be proud of your smile after veneers. You'll want to showcase it as much as possible, so you'll have a strong desire to care for teeth properly. Therefore, you'll have an easier time maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. Additionally, you'll be more likely to visit the dentist routinely as recommended when you have a smile you're proud to have and want to keep that way.  

Can Scrub Gently Like You Should

When you have veneers, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush your teeth, so you don't scratch the veneer. This is actually how you should take care of your teeth all the time to protect your enamel. 

Whiter Teeth for a More Confident You

Even if you're opting for veneers in Southgate, MI, to close gaps or correct disproportionate teeth, you'll still benefit from how much veneers can improve the color of your teeth. You'll have a brighter smile. And you can easily maintain those results for quite some time by minimizing your consumption of foods and beverages that stain teeth.

When you get veneers in Southgate, MI, from Dr. Cohen, you'll improve the appearance of your teeth and ultimately boost your confidence. In addition, you'll whiten your teeth and make your oral care routine much more manageable simultaneously. Schedule an appointment at Cohen Modern Dentistry to see what veneers can do for oral health and the appearance of your teeth by calling 734-283-1263.

By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C
November 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding  

We like to think we're more prone to stress in our modern, fast-paced world than those who lived in "simpler" times, but a finding from the recent discovery of Richard the III's remains in England suggests differently. Investigators noted the king had well-worn teeth, perhaps from grinding them out of stress.

We can't be sure this was the cause for the king's dental problems, or if teeth grinding was common in the 15th Century. But we are sure the problem exists today among adults.

Tooth grinding is the grinding, gnashing or clenching of teeth involuntarily when not engaged in regular dental functions like eating or speaking. It can occur while a person is awake, but most often while they're asleep.

The habit regularly occurs in children, but is not considered a major problem as most outgrow it by adolescence, usually with no lingering damage. Not so with adults: Because the habit generates abnormally high biting forces, teeth grinding can lead to accelerated tooth wear. It can also weaken teeth, making them more susceptible to fracture or disease.

People who grind their teeth will typically awaken with sore jaws or the complaints of family members about the loud chattering noise emitted during an episode. If you suspect a problem, you should see your dentist for a definitive diagnosis, and to learn how to reduce its occurrence and effects.

Treatments for the habit vary depending on underlying causes. They may involve lifestyle changes like quitting tobacco, limiting alcohol or altering your use of certain drugs or medications.  Because stress is often a major factor, learning better relaxation techniques through meditation, group therapy or biofeedback may also help reduce teeth grinding.

These treatments, though, can take time, so you may also need ways to minimize the effects of the habit in the meantime. One of those ways is for your dentist to create an occlusal guard that you wear while you sleep. The guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact, thus reducing the potential biting forces.

It's important, then, to see your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect you're grinding your teeth. Finding out as early as possible and then taking positive steps to stop or reduce its effect can save your teeth from a good deal of harm.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding, 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 “Teeth Grinding.”

By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C
November 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth grinding  

More than one parent has wakened in the middle of the night to an unnerving sound emanating from their child's bedroom. Although it might seem like something from the latest horror flick is romping around in there, all that racket has a down-to-earth cause: teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding is the involuntary habit of gnashing the teeth together when not engaged in normal functions like eating or speaking. It can occur at any time, but frequently with children while they sleep. Adults may also grind their teeth, but it's more prevalent among children.

While stress seems to be the main reason for adult teeth grinding, many health providers believe the habit in children is most often caused by an overreactive response of the neuromuscular system for chewing, which may be immature. Other conditions like asthma, sleep apnea or drug use may also play a role.

Fortunately, there doesn't appear to be any lasting harm from young children grinding their teeth, although they may encounter problems like headaches, earaches or jaw pain in the short term. Most, though, will outgrow the habit and be no worse for wear.

But if it persists beyond childhood, problems can escalate. Adults run the risk of serious cumulative issues like chronic jaw pain, accelerated tooth wear or tooth fracturing. It's similar to finger sucking, a nearly universal habit among young children that poses no real harm unless it persists later in life.

And as with finger sucking, parents should follow a similar strategy of carefully monitoring their child's teeth grinding. If the habit continues into later childhood or adolescence, or noticeable problems like those mentioned previously begin to appear, it may be time to intervene.

Such intervention may initially include diagnosis and treatment for underlying problems like upper airway obstruction, asthma or stress. For short term protection against dental damage, your dentist can also fashion a custom mouthguard for your child to wear while they sleep. Made of pliable plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other during a grinding episode.

Outside of some lost sleep, there's little cause for alarm if your child grinds their teeth. But if it seems to go on longer than it should, you can take action to protect their long-term dental health.

If you would like more information on teeth grinding, 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 “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”

By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C
November 09, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   Veneers  

Between the final game of the World Series in late October and spring training in February, major league baseball players work on their skills preparing for the new season. Reporters on a Zoom call to the New York Yankees' training camp wanted to know what star outfielder Aaron Judge had been doing along those lines. But when he smiled, their interest turned elsewhere: What had Aaron Judge done to his teeth?

Already with 120 homers after only five seasons, Judge is a top player with the Yankees. His smile, however, has been less than spectacular. Besides a noticeable gap between his top front teeth (which were also more prominent than the rest of his teeth), Judge also had a chipped tooth injury on a batting helmet in 2017 during a home plate celebration for a fellow player's walk-off home run.

But now Judge's teeth look even, with no chip and no gap. So, what did the Yankee slugger have done?

He hasn't quite said, but it looks as though he received a “smile makeover” with porcelain veneers, one of the best ways to turn dental “ugly ducklings” into “beautiful swans.” And what's even better is that veneers aren't limited to superstar athletes or performers—if you have teeth with a few moderate dental flaws, veneers could also change your smile.

As the name implies, veneers are thin shells of porcelain bonded to the front of teeth to mask chips, cracks, discolorations or slight gaps between teeth. They may even help even out disproportionately sized teeth. Veneers are custom-made by dental technicians based on a patient's particular tooth dimensions and color.

Like other cosmetic techniques, veneers are a blend of technology and artistry. They're made of a durable form of dental porcelain that can withstand biting forces (within reason, though—you'd want to avoid biting down on ice or a hard piece of food with veneered teeth). They're also carefully colored so that they blend seamlessly with your other teeth. With the right artistic touch, we can make them look as natural as possible.

Although porcelain veneers can accommodate a wide range of dental defects, they may not be suitable for more severe flaws. After examining your teeth, we'll let you know if you're a good candidate for veneers or if you should consider another restoration. Chances are, though, veneers could be your way to achieve what Aaron Judge did—a home run smile.

If you would like more information about porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before.”

By Cohen Modern Dentistry, P.C
November 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

If you are currently dealing with infected or inflamed teeth in Southgate, MI, root canals may be a necessary step. Visit us at Cohen Modern Dentistry, where Dr. Jason Cohen and Dr. Timothy Killgrove can help save your infected teeth.

What Is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that is used on a tooth that has infected or diseased pulp. During this procedure, the dead and dying pulp tissue is removed. The area is then cleaned, disinfected, and filled with biocompatible material. Once the pulp area has successfully been cleaned and filled, the tooth itself is then sealed up. In some cases, a crown may have to be placed on top of the filled tooth to further protect it.

How Can a Root Canal Heal Your Teeth?

While many people dread getting a root canal, a root canal is actually a great option to have. If your tooth is infected, a root canal can still save it. If your tooth cannot be saved, it will simply have to be pulled out. When you visit your local dentist in Southgate, MI, root canals are a major way we often save infected teeth and prevent further problems.

When a tooth is removed, it leaves an empty space in your mouth that will cause the other teeth to shift or migrate. In the end, you may end up needing a dental implant or bridgework, especially if chewing and talking ability are affected. 

In other words, be grateful when you still have the option of getting a root canal. Going through the root canal process to fix a diseased or infected tooth is way more time and cost-effective than losing a tooth. Missing teeth can even result in the loss of bone structure near the area.

Don’t be afraid to get root canals in Southgate, MI. At Cohen Modern Dentistry, Dr. Cohen and Dr. Killgrove can treat your infected teeth with as much care and comfort as possible. Call us at (734) 283-1263 for an appointment today.

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